April 1, 2008

I am sure happy to type in April 1!!  We have had a lot of snow and cold weather and are so looking forward to Spring!!  Our crocuses are blooming so that is a good sign! 

The few businesses that close for the season usually open up in April.  The Amish Flea Market opens at Walnut Creek this week.....remember they are only open Thursday-Saturdays.  Yoder's Amish Farm opens on Saturday, April 12 and Rolling Ridge Ranch opens Saturday, April 19th. (More on Rolling Ridge below).

My husband and I have done something kind of fun this winter.  Every Saturday morning, we have tried to find some kind of a benefit breakfast to go to.  We have only missed a couple.....two weeks ago they had to cancel one due to the huge snow storm we had that weekend.   Easter weekend there were none scheduled, but that didn't surprise me at all.  It's something you out-of-towners might want to do when you come here.  If you see one advertised along the road, STOP!  It's always good food for a good cause.  Most are by donation only, so give generously.

P. Graham Dunn, the engraver of inspirational wood pieces, has moved to their new 120,000 sq. ft. location near Dalton just off US30.  (More on that in an upcoming newsletter).  M-3 on your map,. This is northeast of Kidron.  All I can say right now is, WOW!

Starting this month, this newsletter will be done twice a month as things seem to start happening again.

Hope you enjoy this issue!

Carol Sechriest

Rolling Ridge Ranch

One of our grandkids favorite places to go when they come
to visit us is Rolling Ridge Ranch.  We have been there a
number of times.  It's fun for the little kids and the "big kids".

There are more than 400 animals from 6 different continents
which you can see either from your car or from the open
horse drawn wagon usually driven by a local Amishman.
( I recommend the wagon, because the animals KNOW
they are going to get food and I am not sure I would want a
big buffalo coming up and slobbering on my car!!)

You get on the covered wagon and start through the 1 1/2
mile trip through the woods and farm.  The feed and the
buckets are provided.  Various types of animals come right
up to the wagon, including deer, elk, buffalo, long horned
steer, pot bellied pigs, etc.  Sometimes they even pull the
buckets out of your hands!

There's also a picnic area, a petting zoo, gift shop and play
area and other caged animals to see.

Rolling Ridge Ranch is located northeast of Berlin on CR 168.
L-9 on the Amish Highways Map. Hours are Mon-Sat., 9-5 pm.
mid April till mid October.

Admission is $12.95 for adults, $7.95 for 3-12 yrs. and seniors. 
Get a group of 15 or more together and it will be just $6.95 each.

It's really fun and a great place to take pictures!  (I may have mentioned Rolling Ridge before but it is worth mentioning again.)

MinMar Quilt Shoppe

I did a short story on MinMar Quilt Shoppe a year or so ago.  Owner Minerva Martin has moved and expanded her shop since then, which is now located at 173 W. Jackson St., in downtown Millersburg.

Seems like you folks from out of town are very disappointed to find shops with mostly Chinese imports, (and I don't blame you a bit!) so Minerva is trying to fill that void in Millersburg.  She has 14 local quilters supplying her with quilts, wallhangings, potholders, pillows, aprons, etc.  She also has candles, carved and dipped by an Amish lady near Becks Mills.  Also, handmade baskets and even hand made broom-corn brooms will also be featured.  Oh, by the way, if you have an odd sized bed or want the quilt to go all the way to the floor, etc. she can handle that too.

Hours are Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm, and Friday 9 am - 8 pm.  You can call Minerva at 330-674-4800, or check out her website at www.minmarquiltbarn.com.

Sol's Inspirational Showroom

If you have ever been to Berlin, you no doubt have been to or have seen Sol's Arts & Crafts Extravaganza or Sol's Kit 'N Kaboodle, both located side by side on W. Main St. in Berlin.  Two large buildings chuck full of hand made items, crafts and gifts by the thousands.  If you can't find it here, I don't know where you'll find it.

I recently stopped at Sol's Inspirational Showroom, located in the
lower level at 4914 W. Main St. (several years ago it housed an
antique shop).  Mr. Mast, an Amishman, specializes in the
P. Graham Dunn line of Christian wood carvings and engravings, and 
has over 1000 of the Dunn pieces in stock, some which can be engraved
and personalized right there on the spot.  These make wonderful gifts.
In fact,  I got one for our son-in-law for Christmas this past year. 

They also have a large variety of framed prints, tapestries, and more. One really unique item is the hand painted  and framed turkey feathers. Beautiful!  I believe they are painted by a local Amish lady (better ask to be sure, but I read an article about a local lady who does that).

The store is open Monday-Saturday, 10-5 p.m Closed Sunday, of course.  Call 888-488-1383 FMI.

Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Are you checking the Ohio Amish Country Calendar? 

You can check any month you like, by clicking on the
arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box
that says "Go To Date"  .When you find an interesting item,
click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so
you can print it out to bring with you or you can have a
reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category,
and select the view to  by the month, week, day or
get a listing of events.

Recipe from Amish Country


1 c. butter1 c. sugar2 T. lemon juice
Cream together.  Then add:  2 eggs  Beat. 
3c. flour (we use 1 c. speltz)   2 tsp. baking powder    1 tsp salt
Add to creamed mixture alternately with:
1 c. milk
Beat well.  Put half of batter in a greased 9 x 13 stanless cake pan (glass pans brown the cake too fast)

Spread on: 3 c blueberry pie filling or other choice
Spoon remaining batter on top of filling.

2/3 c. brouwn sugar1/2 c. flour1/3 c. butter (soft)1 tsp. cinnamon1 c. pecans
Mix into crumbs.  Put on top of cake.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until done in center.
This is best when eaten warm with ice cream.
Mary Miller (Joni)

P.82   in The Miller Family Cookbook

Get your  Amish Highways and Byways Map

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 or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

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, Dell, and Xerox from home computers only.  NO EPSONS.  Thanks!

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Till next time!

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

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View from inside the wagon
Ostrich at Rolling Ridge Ranch