April 15, 2008


Time for another newsletter....twice a month now, the 1st and the 15th.   We have had a few days of really nice warm weather and that has really brought out the flowers. The grass is a beautiful green and the forsythias have  started blooming this week.  I also noticed that the farmers have some of their fields plowed, so occasionally, you will see a team of horses doing their job of tilling up the soil.  It is a pretty site....and yes, it is OK to take pictures of the Amish working in the fields.  Just make sure you pull way off to the side of the road so you don't cause an accident!  Just be careful!

Found out recently that I can put the upcoming events in this newsletter (see below) and it will automatically be updated.  The information is taken directly from the Calendar page and lists the next 20 events.  You can click on the title of the event and it will take you to the description for more information.  Let me know if you like it!!

Hope you enjoy this issue!

Carol Sechriest

Happy Tax Day!!

New Ice Cream Parlor in Berlin

Burr Ice Cream & Country Gifts opened its doors earlier this month at 4833 Main Street In Berlin.  Tammy Delancey and Cathy Burr, the new owners have been busy sprucing up the place that was formerly Hartman's Home Fresh Food.  The newly painted large front porch will make a great place to sit and watch the world go by.  Or you can enjoy your ice cream at the tables inside.

The new ice cream parlor will feature 28 gourmet flavors of Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream,  all hand dipped, ranging from the very rich to low fat and sugar free.  The rear of the store features lots of gifts and collectibles moved in from the Humble Heart across the street which Tammy owned for the last couple years. 

I stopped by there the other day when I was in Berlin and folks were lined up waiting for their ice cream.
This is a nice addition to downtown Berlin.  FMI, 330-893-0316
Haystack Supper

My husband and I went to our first Benefit Haystack Supper last Friday (it was listed on the Calendar). We have been to the Haystack Breakfasts, but not the supper.  

If you don't like all your food mixed together, this is not for you!  You just start at the beginning of the line and keep piling on whatever items you want until you have a "Haystack".  I have put in the recipe below, but you can vary it any way you want. It was good food and for a good cause.  Might be a good idea for a fund raiser for an organization you care about!

Certified Organic

"Organic" seems to be a buzz word anymore, but what
does it really mean?  According to the 2002 Organic
Labeling program, in order to be called "organic", fruits
and vegetables cannot be treated with toxic chemicals
like pesticides or fungicides for at least 3 years.  For
dairy products, they must have been raised without
hormones or antibiotics and fed only organic feed.

The Amish farmers in the area seem to fit right into this
program and many are in the process of being certified. 
Let's face it, they have been "recycling" nature's way for years! 

Besides the organic flours. eggs and pastas found in some of
the bulk food stores, grass fed beef and free range chickens
and turkeys are much more common.   One of the local growers
is Green Field Farms located near Fredericksburg, OH. (or
call 330-695-2462).  Mrs. Miller's Noodles in Fredericksburg,
also makes the homemade organic noodles.  They have a
retail store right there at the factory.

Locally grown organic food can be purchased at Nature's Food
Market or Berlin Bulk Foods in Berlin, Swiss Village Bulk Foods (Sugarcreek), Rodhe's IGA (Millersburg), Mt. Hope Country Health Food Store in Mt. Hope, Troyer's A Country Store (east of Berlin) and Walnut Creek Foods just east of Walnut Creek.  Amish Naturals is a brand of organic grains, granola and pastas that is grown and packaged  here and has found its way into more than 3000 stores across the US.  Look for it in your store!!
Other Stuff

Just a reminder that Ascension Day is May 1st this year, so some businesses will be closed. Check the Calendar for more info. 

Hillcrest Orchard near Walnut Creek is closed now and will re-open in the fall when the apples are ready!

Also, the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg re-opens for the season, weekends only  in April....Sat. and Sunday 1:00-4:00.  Then open daily May-Oct. 2008 Tues-Sun 1:00 - 4:00 and


Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Check the full calendar here by clicking on the link below.
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


Prepare the amount of items according to family size. 

1.  Ritz crackers, crumbled (some use soda crackers)
2.  lettuce, cut up
3. Meat mixture, fry and drain:   hamburger and onion (chopped)
Return to pan and stir in: Pizza sauce.  Simmer for 15 minutes, Keep warm
4.  Rice (cook and season)
5. Cheese sauce (see recipe)
6. eggs, boiled and chopped
7. carrots, shred
8. tomatoes - diced (or salsa)
9. green peppers, diced
10. celery, diced
11. lettuce dressing (choice)
Stack on plate in order given. Top with cheese sauce.  It's a meal in itself and delicious!

Cheese Sauce

1 1/2 qt milk
Put in sauce pan and heat until scalding.  Make a thickening with 3/4 c. flour and water.
Make a thin paste....stir until smooth, then add slowly to hot milk, stirring constantly
until desired thickness.  Remove from heat and add:
1/4 to 1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese (cubed)  Stir until melted.

Jacob & Loretta Shetler

P.254   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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