Almost nine years ago when some bed and breakfast owners in Amish Country, Ohio were asked by guests where they could find produce stands it was hard to come up with an answer. People assumed that every Amish family had a garden and sold their produce. What they didn't realize is that many Amish families have gardens but they can their produce to provide food for their families. Today more and more produce stands are popping up around Holmes County Amish Country. The next time you visit Amish Country visit these places:
Hershberger's Farm and Bakery Some of you know this business on State Route 557 as Hershbergers Truck Patch. Started by Daniel Hershberger, this place used to be a seasonal produce stand. The next generation has taken over and you not only will you find fresh produce, but they have a bakery that specializes in cinnamon rolls and fry pies. They also have their own label of canned produce. There is a store/gift shop and a petting farm. Children love to feed the goats and take a ride on Big Ben, Ohio's largest Belgian work horse. Plan on spending a while because you will find kettle korn, homemade ice cream, lunch, animals, produce and more! Hershberger's Farm and Bakery is located at 5452 State Route 557 just south of State Route 39/US 62 and north of Charm.
The Farm at Walnut Creek Not only is The Farm a place to view exotic animals from around the world, but they also have a working farm. Tour Amish homes, blacksmith, barns, etc., and learn what it is like to live on a farm. The produce grown on this farm is available for sale on the premises. They are located in Walnut Creek, Ohio at 4147 County Road 114 just south of State Route 39.
Blessing Acres Visit an Amish farm between Mt. Hope and Berlin for fresh produce. They are located on Township Road 362 and the Miller family owns and operates this 25 acre produce farm. You will find hand-painted signs to guide you to their stand and depending on what is in season the sign changes. The farm-fresh produce includes strawberries, zucchini, onions, potatoes, beets, cucumbers, corn, etc. You will also find honey and pickles for sale at Blessing Acres.
Hillcrest Orchard This is an apple orchard and produce stand located at 2474 Township Road 444 in Walnut Creek. They are just past the famous Der Dutchmann Restaurant. You will find fresh produce, squash, pumpkins, honey, apples, maple syrup, jams and jellies. They also have 50 acres of apples and peaches. In the fall you will love their homemade apple cider.
Sharp Run Market This is the newest produce stand in Holmes County and it is located at 5841 State Route 39 just west of Berlin. They offer various produce depending on the time of year. In 2010 they set up an organic corn maze in addition to the produce stand.
There are other produce stands in Amish Country Ohio but we've just mentioned a few. To find the most fresh produce drive up and down the back roads and look for signs in front of Amish farms.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com