Amish Country Vacation. When you pull in the driveway you won't believe that you are at an Amish-owned business. You will find a bunch of locally grown produce in front of the bakery. Inside you will also find jams, jellies, Ohio maple syrup, cheese, eggs, canned goods and noodles. There is a petting farm where you can feed goats up on a roof top or take a ride on Big Ben, Ohio's largest Belgian work horse. There is a shop with wood products, toys, horse tack, braided rugs and more. There is an outdoor lunch stand offering sandwiches made from local meats and homemade buns, homemade ice cream, etc. Just next to the stand is a covered pavillion with picnic tables to eat your food or baked goods that you purchased. You will usually find someone outside making and selling kettle corn. You can take an Amish buggy ride or Conestoga wagon ride. In the fall there is a pumpkin patch where you will take a horse-drawn wagon in to the patch to pick your own pumpkin.
Hershberger's Farm & Bakery in on State Route 557 about 1 mile south of State Route 39 near Berlin and Charm, Ohio. The have been on that site since 1986. It is currently owned by Daniel Hershberger but was started by his father.
One of the things that they are famous for are Fry Pies. They take a round of pie crust, fill it with a fruit filling, fold it over, crimp the edges and deep fry it. After it is cooked they dip it in a glaze. There are many varieties to choose from. They also offer delicious cinnamon rolls, creme sticks, jelly-filled donuts, homemade breads, and pies. All of the baked goods are made from homemade recipes and been used in the bakery for decades.
This is a seasonal business in that is closes at Christmas time and re-opens at the end of March. They are open daily from Monday - Saturday. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hershberger's is located in the heart of the World's Largest Amish Community. The area also offers fine gifts, flea markets, antiques, museums, historical homes, cheese factories, wineries, chocolate factory, etc. Plan an extended stay at an Ohio bed and breakfast when you visit.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com