September 15, 2007

Hello again!

It's beginning to look and feel like fall here.  Nice warm days, bright blue skies, and cool nights.  The corn is starting to dry up and it won't be long before we'll be seeing corn shocks in the fields.
Oh, if you are interested in keeping up with the fall colors, you can go to the website of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and it will follow the peak season across the state.  

I saw something last week I had never seen before.....First there was an Amishman with a team of horses cutting the corn at ground level.   Then they would put the corn stalks up on  wagons, then get in line to take the cut corn over to a tractor with a chopper hooked up to it.  The chopped corn stalks are then put in the barn to be fed to the animals as silage.  It was quite a sight.....I wasn't the only one to stop and take pictures.  I have put the pictures on the album page.

This is an especially busy weekend.  The Winesburg Fall Gathering is today, as well as the Holmes County Home Benefit Auction (where we will be eating breakfast); the Mohican Powwow is still going on near Loudonville; there's the Barrs Mills School Auction north of Sugarcreek; the Exotic Animal Sale at Mt. Hope, and the all-day Century Bicycle Ride that starts in Millersburg. Something for everybody.   These are all listed on the calendar, so you can print it off and take it with you!  Thank The Barn Inn near Millersburg for sponsoring the calendar the last few months.

Lots to tell you, so here we go!
Carol Sechriest

Fresh Cider

We'll soon be enjoying fresh apple cider. (we don't want the pasteurized stuff!) We get ours at Hillcrest Orchard just a short distance east of Walnut Creek.  You can watch them run the apples through the press and watch as the young Amish boy fills the gallon containers.  Last year, I asked them how many they filled in a day and he said about 500+ during peak season!  You can get a free sample too!  This year cider will be available starting on Sept. 21.

Below you can see them sorting the apples before they go into the press (right).

Besides the apples and cider, I like to get my squash and gourds there.  Nuts too. Hillcrest Orchard is located  at about MN - 10 (Walnut Street or TR 444) on the Amish Highways map.

Coblentz Chocolates

While you are over near Walnut Creek, why don't you stop in at Coblentz Chocolates?  This coming week they are celebrating their 20th anniversary.  They will be giving away a delicious chocolate gift basket each day, plus the Grand prize is a Year of Coblentz Chocolates!  Each day will feature a different chocolate special and on Friday and Saturday, their peanut clusters will be marked down to their 1987 price.

A "Sampling and Tasting" event will be held on Friday night the 21st, from 6:30 to 8:30.  This is a hands on event where you can dip your own marshmallow and pretzels and then take them home with you.  For more details on this event, check it out at their website.
It's fun to watch them making the candy through the windows in the viewing area.

Coblentz Chocolates is located on SR 515 right next to The Carlisle Village Inn. 

New Information Center

Opening recently in downtown Millersburg, is the Ohio Heritage Area Shoppe & Museum, at 87 W. Jackson St.  This is a cooperative with the Heritage Tourism Regional Resource Center, whose purpose is to promote regional museum tours and attractions, sale of museum gift shop items and special features and events that enhance and promote the heritage tour experience!!

What was that?  It's a new information center that will promote the historic aspects of Millersburg by having guided and self-guided tours, etc.  Area museums and attractions may offer ticket discounts and packages.   I understand there will also be a Millersburg Glass display in the near future.  You can get all kinds of good information there, plus a free map of Ohio.

Hours are Thursday and Friday, 2-8, Saturday, 10-8 and Sunday 10-2.  This is a great new addition to downtown Millersburg promoting the local heritage, rather than everything "Amish".  Stop in if you are in town for the Holmes County Antique Festival, Oct. 6 & 7.

Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Are you checking the Ohio Amish Country Calendar?
This month's calendar is sponsored
by The Barn Inn, a beautiful B&B just north of
Millersburg on CR 203.  
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 Ohio Amish Country

These cooler days make me think of soup, so I got out my cookbooks and ran across this one.
It would be a good way to use up some home grown tomatoes, too.

Taste of Home Tomato Soup

1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped onion
1 carrot, shredded
1 small green pepper, chopped
1/4 c. butter or margerine
4 1/2 c. chicken broth, divided
4 c. peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. flour

In a 3 qt. sauce apn, cook celery, onion, carrot, and green pepper in butter until tender.  Add 4 c. broth, tomatoes, sugar, curry powder, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.  In small bowl, stire flour and remaining 1/2 c. broth until smooth.  Gradually stir into tomato mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Cook and stir until thick and bubbly, about 2 minutes. 

Submitted by Nancy Ann Stoltfus, Gap, PA

This recipe can be found  on P. 161 of  the Amish Friends Cookbook  by Wanda Brunsetter.


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 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, and Xerox from home computers only.  No Epsons.  Thanks!

***I now have pre-paid envelopes to ship cartridges directly to the recyclers.  Will be including one in each shipment of books or maps.
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Till next time!

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

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