August 15, 2008 

Greetings from Ohio Amish Country:

Holmes County public schools are back in session.  The fun-filled Holmes County Junior Fair the week of August 11-16 marked the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.  The roads are dustier than usual in that we have not had much significant rainfall during the past six weeks.

Most of the oat fields have been harvested now.  The bundles of seven are neatly stacked in rows.  Corn and soybean fields are mature, but a drink of rainwater would be very welcome.  The skies are beginning to take on a slight blue tint - an early signal that fall is approaching.

Our coming events include a Holmes County Farm Tour on Saturday, August 23.  Also on the same Saturday, you are welcome to attend the first annual Holmes County Artisans Fair.  A number of artists in the area will be featuring their paintings.

The following Saturday, August 30, the Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction is scheduled at Mount Hope, Ohio.  This is a wonderful example of the outreach mission work and generosity of the Amish people in Ohio Amish Country.  Come support this special effort.

Come visit us in Holmes County and Ohio Amish Country.

Chris Sieverdes
Amish Country Byway Visitor Center

2008 Holmes County Farm Tour- August 23

Agriculture is a large part of Amish Country.  Open land, rolling hills, fresh streams, and beautiful Ohio weather provide the perfect atmosphere for farming.  The Holmes County Farm Tour is intended to be educational and eye-opening about how farming is practiced in Amish Country. The tour is a free, “drive-yourself” event showcasing scenic west Holmes County. 

The tour will begin at the Holmes County Fairgrounds on OH 39 on the western edge of Millersburg’s Village limits.  A map and directions to each of the nine designated stops plus a questionnaire will be handed out at the fairgrounds.  Farms, organizations and businesses representing beef, goats, milk cows, sheep, llamas, bees, alpacas, hay operation, vineyard, an Amish woodworking operation and a nature retreat.  The purpose of the tour is to educate people on all types of farming. Locals and tourists alike get a little more insight to the community.

For more information, call 330-674-0869.  Come and take a closer look at what makes Holmes County so special!

First Annual Holmes County Artisans Fair
Saturday, August 23

The first annual Holmes County Artisans Fair will be held at the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg from 1-8 pm.  Area artisans will display, sell, and sign their works.  Reduced $5 admission will include entrance to the show and refreshments.  Call 330-674-0022 or visit for information.

Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction- August 30
at the Mount Hope Auction Barn

The purpose of the Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction is to provide spiritual and material relief to the impoverished people of Haiti. Haiti is considered the poorest country in the western hemisphere. 100% of the proceeds of the auction will go to twelve different missions in Haiti.

Amish and Mennonite auctions are a very unique experience.  Auctions are a type of social gathering for the Amish as well as for the purpose of sales. It's a time and place for them to get with friends and family like a community festival. Auctions are usually held in a barn. Outside, these barns often feature Amish families selling produce, baked goods and wares. Inside, they buy and sell livestock and other commodities at a regular auction. The most typical Amish/Mennonite auctions are for the purpose of selling livestock or for a community benefit.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience an aspect of the value system among the Amish people as they provide aid to the missions in Haiti.


Vegetable Pizza

Easy to prepare with summertime vegetables

Prepare a pizza crust dough: Use your own pizza crust recipe, using less flour.  Bisquick can be used.  Press on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees to light golden.  Let cool.

Mix well:
1 package Hidden Valley Dressing mix
2 cups mayonnaise
¼ cup milk
Spread onto baked crust, then top with desired vegetables.  Select fresh vegetables in season… go wild!

Chopped raw vegetables may include:
carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower, celery, broccoli, peppers,
or chopped: ham, mushrooms, boiled eggs

Top with plenty of grated Colby cheese

Note:  In the winter when raw vegetables are scarce, put on diced dill pickles and top with slices of Velveeta.  Place in the oven long enough to melt the cheese.

Source: Grandma Emma: Miller Family Cookbook, page 267.  Cookbook is available through the website at under the cookbook tab.

See cookbooks on the homepage menu.


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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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87 W Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654
Telephone: 330-674-2497 

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Millersburg Glass Museum and Visitor Center
Featuring Millersburg Crystal and Carnival Glass

The Glass Museum is currently open Tuesdays through Sundays at the Amish Country Byway Visitor Center. 

Hours Open:
Tuesday through Friday 1:00 – 6:00
Saturday 10:00 – 6:00
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 

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