Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Tradition of Apple Butter Stirring at Holmes County Ohio Amish Tourist Attractions

If you visit Holmes County, Ohio Amish Tourist Attractions in the fall months you will find a tasty annual tradition, Apple Butter Stirring.  One of the first places to offer apple butter stirring is Yoder's Amish Home located at 6050 State Route 515 between Walnut Creek and Winesburg, Ohio.  They start with a 30 gallon copper kettle over an open fire.  You won't believe how many apples go in to a batch this size.  Visitors can have a turn at stirring and try a sample of apple butter.  They offer this on Saturdays, October 1, 8, and 15, 2011.    On the 15th there will be some added events such as pumpkin butter stirring and homemade soap making demonstrations.
This farm was originally an Amish home that was purchased by Eli and Gloria Yoder in 1972.  In 1983 it opened for tours after being renovated.  Eli was raised Old Order Amish and left at the age of 21, so the Yoders are able to share information about how the Amish live with visitors that come to the farm.
When you visit there are various tour options.  There is a barn that dates back to 1885.  You can tour 2 Amish homes (that are no longer occupied) and learn how the Old Order and New Order Amish live.  In one of the homes is a bakery where you may purchase homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, jam and jelly.  There is also a school house on the property where you will learn all about Amish education which ends with the 8th grade.  You can even take an Amish buggy ride while you are there!  Any visit to Yoder's is both fun and educational but on Apple Butter Stirring days it is even more enjoyable.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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