Sunday, August 31, 2008

Saturday Afternoon in Amish Country

Sometimes I just need to get away from the house & barns just to kinda "relax" and this usually means taking a 45 minute ride south into Amish Country. Now Amish Country in Holmes County Ohio has changed alot over the years, becoming a tourist mecca for many an outsider. But there are a few places that the tourists haven't totally tapped into & it does have some of the prettiest scenery in Ohio with lots of country roads & hills.
My first stop on Saturday was to Maysville to pick up 3- 80# bags of horse feed. I found this feed store to be the cheapest at $16 for an 80# is amazing what one can pack in a mini-van:). The next place my parents & I wanted to go to was in Charm.
Of course, when driving through Amish Country one has to be cautious on the hills & winding roads & be a courteous driver to the buggies & horses that share the road. A polite wave is often a kind gesture between passing vehicles.
  • This is a one of the beautiful barns that are often seen on the roads of Amish Country.

    This is the BEST place in all of Holmes County for Amish made bakery. It is a deadly place to go but someone has to do it & I am a willing volunteer. So lets see, I bought 2 loafs of white bread, 2 pie size cinnamon rolls (one is going to my neighbor:), some cute frosted pumpkin sugar cookies w/yummy frosting on it, 3 packs of this awesome gravy mix, 2 huge onions, a head of cabbage (mine is still in growing phase in the garden), 1/2 dozen corn, & 2 mums, one for me & one for Mom. The mums were only $3.95 a piece. There like the ones in the picture below.

    (Enlarge this picture to see the beautiful mums & the horse up close:)

    Pictured below is another really bad place for me to go into. Let's see I bought huge hot butter rum scented candle, this primitive decorated plate that says "Autumn is the best time of the year" , and then I bought this primitive picture of an Amish house & barn decorated with fall pumpkins, & then a few misc. items of "junk" ........opps I spent $70. Thats my dad in the picture below, probably throwing his hands up & yelling something about me spending too much money like he usually does. My usual reply to him is, "And?"

    And of course when shopping your car shares the parking spaces with the buggies.

    We also went to this place called "Mud Valley Creamery" out on route 39 past Walnut Creek. It is like a bulk store for flours, spices, pasta, candy, cheese, pretzels etc. and they have a nice meat counter. They have the BEST bacon and it was just my luck that they had bacon on sale for $1.79 lb. Heck, its like $3.79 # in the grocery stores. And you guessed it, I bought 5 lbs. Can you tell I like bacon?

    So, all in all it was a good day, perfect weather, a drive with my parents, bought lots of food, bought some cute fall decorations for the house, had lunch........what else can one ask for on a Saturday afternoon? :)


Pat in TN said...

Aaaah, Holmes County! :o) Being as my husband was born/raised there/family still lives there, and we visit every so often, I know just about where every picture was taken that you posted, and I have had those pie size cinnamon rolls and how about their fried pies ... YUM!!!

It is still a neat place to go even though it's literally exploded into a tourist mecca as you say, and when we visit we become those tourists, looking though the shops that used to be friends/family houses years back.

A visit is on our agenda and I too will be buying 'a few misc. items of 'junk'' ... hey, it makes it even better when you haul it back 600 miles!!! LOL

kristi said...

Good morning Pat!
I was hoping you would stop by as I knew you would appreciate the pics...I was thinking of you as I took them! I know my dad bought quite a few of those pies! Saturday was one of the busiest days I have ever seen down there..but knowing the ins & outs of the backroads helps. Shoulda bought land down there about 15 years ago.......

Nancy K. said...

What a wonderful day with your family! It sure beats GOING TO THE MALL!!!

Pamela said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and your day out. Nancy is 100% right--it definitely beats a day at the mall!

Tracey said...

What beautiful pictures of the countryside!
Sounds like you had a great day and got lots of goodies :)
Can you send me one of those pie sized cinnamon rolls?? YUM!!!

Pat in TN said...

Kristi, you should have taken a picture of one of those rolls for everyone to see ... they wouldn't have believed it!!!

Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing your road trip Kristi! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and the pictures are beautiful. We have a small settlement of Amish near here at a place called Leadmine. They have a bakery -a small screened 'summer kitchen' type place--which is also a 'deadly' place to visit!:-) There is also a 'bulk foods' store, veggie stands and other assorted businesses. While it doesn't take that long to go there and see all there is to see, it is always fun, relaxing and interesting. (except on Saturdays--then it's packed with tourists...)Thanks again!

Tracey said...

Hi Kristi,
I tagged you over at my blog...come on over and check it out :)

nikkicrumpet said...

Looks like a beautiful afternoon. I can see why a day out like that would make anyone happy.

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey Kristi...I'm so glad you came and visited my blog. I love finding new friends here in blogland! Hope to see you again and I'll be dropping in for more visits!