April 1, 2006

Hello from Ohio Amish Country and welcome to all the new subscribers! 

Update on Nature's Food Store......They are rebuilding after the big fire; in fact, they are working on putting up the basement walls right now.  Meanwhile, they have opened in a temporary location inside of The German Village Store.  That is located directly behind the Sol's Exchange stores so it isn't very far from the original location.  Just go into the grocery store main entrance and to the right you will find Nature's Food Market.  I know it was a favorite place for many of you.

Spring has sprung around here.  The Amish are in the fields with their teams of work horses plowing up the fields.  The picture above shows a 6 horse power plow.  You can take pictures as long as you are not too close and "in their face".  It's a good time for a closeup lens!

On with today's issue.........

Carol Sechriest

Chit Chat will be out on the 1st and 15th of each month now, through December.

Exotic Sale, Mt. Hope Auction Barn

This started Thursday and ends today, April 1st,  usually runs far into the evening.  This is fun to take kids to because you get to see so many animals.
The sell in 2 rings.  Today, starting at 8 in the morning you will see pot belly pigs, exotic cattle, buffalo, camels, zebra, elk and deer.  By 11:00 they start selling llamas, alpacas, mini horses, mini donkeys, ostriches, emus and rheas.  All animals have to have their health shots, papers, etc.

So even if you're not buying, just looking, it is an experience you probably won't have any where else.   Adults are $5, children under 10 are less, but not sure of the price.

Cooking Demonstrations

A couple weeks ago, my sisters and niece and I  went to Grandma's Alpine Homestead to attend one of their cooking demonstrations.  Ann DeHass and daughter Lee Ann Miller, who both love to cook, put in a cooking studio (like you see on the cooking shows on TV) at Grandma's in Wilmot.  Many of them are taped for broadcast on the Columbus and Cincinnati stations.  Our show will be shown in Cinci sometime soon.

This was REALLY FUN!  I think we were eating the whole time we were there!  Lee Ann and her Mom are having fun too, so it is very entertaining.  There were a few men in the audience and they seemed to enjoy it, too, so, no, it's not just for women!  Afterword, we got to have their delicious buffet luncheon, but I didn't seem to have much room for that! They also had drawings for some very nice door prizes.

Below is a picture of Ann as she is talking about the delicous cinnamon roll dough she made that day; the other picture shows their beautiful studio kitchen.

Ann is the owner of Grandma's Homestead Restaurant in Charm, and daughter Lee Ann runs the Alpine Homestead in Wilmot.  Wilmot is located north of Winesburg on US 62.

Question! Would any of you subscribers out there be interested in going to one of these demos? I could arrange for one, but we have to guarantee at least 20 people in order for them to do a special group. Date available is June 24th.   Send me an email if you would be interested in going and put cooking demo in the subject line.

Going to be in Berlin on April 8th?

If so, stop by the East Holmes Fire Station just east of town for a pancake and sausage breakfast and garage sale.  They serve from 6:00 -11:00.  This is a good cause and lots of good food. 

Amish Highways and Byways Map

I can hardly keep these in stock!  This is the best map I have ever seen of this part of the state.  It's made by a professional map maker, so it is all indexed and marked like maps you are used to.  It is colored coded by county, with all the "back roads' included and indexed.  Sure makes it easy to get around here without getting lost!  We keep one in each vehicle (and even we have to look at it occasionally!!) 

It's a good idea to get one before you come here, especially if it is your first visit.  All of the B&Bs, hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds are listed, complete with addresses and contact information.  Having all this information in your hands before you come, makes it easy to plan your trip.  They are $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can get it on my website at www.OhioAmishCountry.com/map.html using a credit card through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

Daudy Haus Closes

Don't remember if I mentioned this before, but Daudy Haus B&B, south of Charm has closed it's doors.  This was one of only a few B&Bs actually on an Amish Farm.  Ben has been struggling with cancer the last couple years and it has just gotten to be too much for his wife.
The Rabers were in business for many years and hated to close, but just had to.

Farmstead Lodging just north of Mt. Hope is a B&B on an Amish Farm,  Trouble is, they only have 1 guest room.  There's a kitchenette, queen sized bed, and gas lighting (includes instructions).  In case you are wondering, yes, the full bathroom is inside and modern.  Kathy provides a (home-made) continental breakfast.

Here you can not only stay all night, but join them as they tend to their daily chores.  Here's your chance to see what it is like to live without electricity, TV and phone (at least for 1 night!) I am sure Mr. Miller will even take you for a buggy ride and tour of the fields and barn.

For reservations, call 330-674-0603.  Leave a message and tell them the best time to call you back.  If you stay at the Farmstead, be sure to tell them you read about it here!

Dutch Harvest Restaurant Sold

The Dutch Harvest Restaurant has recently been sold and has changed its name to Troyer's Country Dining.  A favorite of many people for a long time, I am sure the new owner,  Mr. Troyer has lots of plans for improving and updating the restaurant.  We ate there a couple weeks ago; it is quite nice and the food was excellent.  They have always had a nice buffet, which is what we got.

Troyer's Country Dining is located just a mile west of Berlin, right on US62 and SR39 at the corner of CR201.  (Get your map out!)

If you are going to be here on April 7th, you could stop at the Amish Flea Market , eat at the Spaghetti Dinner at Der Dutchman Express and go to the Fundraiser Auction for New Grounds Cafe, all without leaving the building!  Serving from 5-7 p.m. with the auction at
6:00 in the Kaufman Auction center.

If you are not familiar with the area, the Amish Flea Market is located just west of Walnut Creek right on SR39.  You can't miss it!

Calendar of Upcoming Events:
Let me know if you have questions about any of these events.

Re-opening for season:
Yoder's Amish Home, north of Walnut Creek on SR 515 opens the 15th, 
Rolling Ridge Animal Ranch, northeast of Berlin, opens the 21st,
Schrock's Amish Farm, east of Berlin, opens today, the 1st,
Victorian House Museum, Millersburg (weekends only in April, then Tues. - Sun. starting May 1, 1:00-4:30 )
Alpine Hills Museum, Sugarcreek, M-Sat, 9-4:30, 330-852-4113

Paint Quarter Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, April 15, 10:00 a.m.
Machinery Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, April 22, 9:00 a.m.
Haystack Breakfast, Wise School Benefit, April 22, 6:00-10:30 a.m.  (ask for directions)
Ladies Day, Amish Flea Market, Walnut Creek, April 27

National Dandelion Cookoff at Dandelion Mayfest, May 6th, Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Wilmot
Antique Tractor Show at Lehman's in Kidron, May 13
Community wide Garage & Sidewalk Sales, Millersburg, May 12-13
Holmes County Home Festival, May 13,  just a few miles north of Millersburg on SR 83
Swap Meet, Mt. Hope Auction, May 19-20, 7:00 a.m.
Men's Day, Amish Flea Market, Walnut Creek, May 20
Holmes County Kidney Fund Benefit Auction, May 27, Mt. Hope Auction Barn

Holmes County Trail Benefit Auction and Celebration of National Trails Day, Millersburg Rails to Trails

On Going...........
Weekly Farmer's sales and flea markets: Monday & Friday, Sugarcreek; Tuesday at Farmerstown; Weds. at Mt. Hope, Thurs. at Kidron (these are always fun)

RECYCLE YOUR USED INKJET CARTRIDGES - we recycle them and send the
money to King World Missions in Zambia to help support King World School.   Thanks to the folks who have done this!  Send them to me at the address below.  PS.  These need to be
newly manufactured, NOT re-manufactured or already recycled.  HP, Lexmark, Cannon,  Apple, Compaq, and Xerox from home computers only.  Thanks!
Recipe from Ohio Amish Country
This reallly sounds good......Chocolate Carmel Bars

2 c. flour, 2 c. quick oatmeal, 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking soda, 1 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. salt.
Combine above ingredients.

Cut 1/1/2 c. butter into dry ingredients until crumbly.  Set aside half of crumbs for topping.  Press remaining crumbs in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.  Sprinkle over crust:
12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips     1c. chopped pecans

Whisk together 1 - 12 oz. jar Carmel ice cream topping with 1/4 c. flour until smooth.  Drizzle over top of bars.  Sprinkle with remaining crumbs.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden.
Very good!

This recipe comes from the Miller Family Cookbook which can be purchased by going to:

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Till next time!

Dutchland Marketing
Carol Sechriest
238 E Jackson St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

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