July 15, 2008

Greetings from Ohio Amish Country:

People are flocking to Ohio Amish Country.  Visitors, friends, and relatives are arriving to experience and appreciate our scenic byways and agricultural viewsheds. Speaking of agriculture, summer and fall are the seasons to purchase locally produced fruits and vegetables. Farmers are in the middle of hay harvest as well as some small grain threshing with four horse-drawn machines.  Gardens have been very productive thanks to sunshine and rainfall as expected.

In this issue, we are highlighting the upcoming Doughty Valley Steam Days Event and Amish-operated produce stands with many homegrown fruits and vegetables.  Both of these topics direct our attention to Amish culture and their significant contribution to life in Holmes County.

The Ohio Amish Country Visitor Center located in Downtown Historic Millersburg has served the locale well by directing guests to the most interesting and enlightening events available.  The range of events includes visits to museums, festivals throughout Holmes and surrounding counties and camping and outdoor recreational adventure in the Mohican River Valley area.

Come visit us in Holmes County and Ohio Amish Country.

Chris Sieverdes
Amish Country Byway Visitor Center

Doughty Valley Steam Days:  Home of the Old Glory Machine. 
Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19, 2008.

Come to the show grounds about one-half mile west of Charm at 5023 State Route 557 between Charm and Berlin next to Guggisberg Cheese  Enjoy steam engines that power tractors, sawmills, threshing machines, separators and a variety of farm machines.  This is the fourth consecutive year that this event will be held at the show grounds.  The list of engines expected to be on display includes such nameplates as Advance Rumley, Baker, Case, Huber, Peerless, and Russell.  In addition to antique tractors a number of “Hit and Miss” engines will be on hand.  This sort of engine is popular today as the power source for tasty, homemade ice cream making.  Gain an authentic experience.  See demonstrations of the way it used to be in a natural setting. 

Come and enjoy the food, local cooking, homemade ice cream, and more!!!  Breakfast will be served on Friday and Saturday from 7:00-10:00 am.  The flyer prepared by the Doughty Valley Steam Days non-profit organization appears below.
The “Eat Stand,” operated by Charm View Parochial School, will be open each day. Admission is $4.00 for all persons age 13 and older.

For motel accommodations, please call one of the following numbers: 
877-435-6600, 877-411-7400, 866-999-9339 or Guggisberg Swiss Inn at 330-893-3600.

Local Produce – Alongside an Amish Farm

Driving the back roads of Holmes County is best in July and August.  Fresh finds of zucchini, peas, beans, cabbage, corn and tomatoes are hard to resist, especially while striking up a conversation with Amish family members happy to work with customers that appreciate the local produce.  One family in our area has taken ‘weekly produce orders’ and made an arrangement to either deliver an agreed upon amount of produce or have it ready to be picked up.  An arrangement that has worked well for out-of-towners is to come to the Mt. Hope produce auction with plans to buy in bulk. Flats and baskets of produce are auctioned, with consumers mixing with the wholesale grocery and farmer’s market purchasers from about a 60 mile radius. They will be operating every M-T-Th-F from now till the end of September. Mondays they start their auction at 11, every other day at 10. Edibles are generally auctioned first, with flowering plants taking up the rear of the sale.

Recipe Reflecting the
In-Season Vegetable, Zucchini.

Zucchini and Cheese Salad

1 ½ pounds zucchini, sliced ¼ inch thick
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
¼ cup flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
¼ teaspoon pepper, divided
1 ½ teaspoon oregano, divided
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoon oregano.  Toss zucchini slices in flour mixture and brown in oil for 4 minutes on each side.  Spread into greased 8-inch square baking dish.  Top with tomato slices.  Mix together remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon oregano, and sour cream.  Spread on top of tomato slices. Top with Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  Source: Page 209, Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Cookbook. (cookbook available through our website bookstore)


OR, 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

For the summer recipes check out this cookbook
found on the Cookbook page of this website.
Amish Friends Cookbook’ by Wanda Brunstetter

The next newsletter will contain another Amish cooking recipe.


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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. 

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Millersburg, OH 44654

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Millersburg Glass Museum
Featuring Millersburg Crystal and Carnival Glass

The Glass Museum is currently open Tuesdays through Sundays at the Amish Country Byway Visitor Center from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The summer hours are Tuesday through Friday 1:00 – 6:00, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00.  During fall the hours are reduced to some extent.  We are open on Saturdays year round, except for nationally observed holidays. Call 330-674-2497 for hours of operation during the non-summer months or check the www.ohioamishcountry.com website.

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A Purple Martin bird house is a common sight here in Holmes County.