Ohio Amish Country Food Markets
From bakeries to markets to bulk-food shops, here’s where you can get a flavor of Amish Country.
Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery
This sweet-tooth-friendly spot will fill your fry-pie fix, but it also offers plenty of other baked goods, produce and an on-site petting zoo.
A rainbow of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables rests in a long line of baskets next to a peddler cart stacked high with Ohio sweet corn. Inside, shoppers find baked goods made by Amish workers, including dozens of fry pies lining the back wall. They’re one of the specialties at Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery.
“Our most popular baked good is the fry pie. It’s a foldover that has a fruit filling, and then we fry it like a doughnut and it comes with a glaze,” explains manager Steven Hershberger, a third-generation family member.
Hershberger suggests the cherry- or apple-filled fry pies, but there are vanilla-iced creamsticks and peanut butter cookies vying for your attention as well. There’s also a large selection of homemade jellies, rolls of butter, old-fashioned apple cider, Amish cheeses and more. An outdoor picnic area offers shoppers a place to take a break, while an on-site petting zoo promises fun.
“We have more to do than other farms and bakeries,” says Hershberger. “We have a petting zoo with all kinds of farm animals, from pot-belly pigs and miniature cows to alpacas and Nubian goats.”
While a small fee is required to visit the zoo ($3 for visitors over the age of two), the experience of meeting what’s advertised as the largest horse in Ohio is priceless. King, a Belgian horse, weighs almost 3,000 pounds, but is gentle enough for even the smallest of guests to meet and pet. 5452 St. Rte. 557, Millersburg 44654, 330/674-6096
Troyer’s Country Market
This market sells produce from local Amish farmers, and there’s a variety of fruits and vegetables for shoppers to peruse on the shaded porch before ever entering the store. Inside, the farmhouse-like appearance induces what manager Dave Vogt calls a “country atmosphere.” Choose from rows and rows of Amish Wedding Foods jarred goods, featuring authentic Amish recipes for all-natural jams and jellies, pickles, pickled beets and more. Besides the locally sourced produce and Amish goods, the market also sells homemade ice cream in 32 flavors. 5201 County Rd. 77, Millersburg 44654, 330/893-3786, troyerscountrymarket.com
Swiss Village Bulk Foods
Just inside Swiss Village Bulk Foods, a wall-sized chalkboard offers a rundown on the various meats, cheeses, sandwiches, wraps and sundaes available for purchase at the store’s on-site restaurant. Family-owned since 1980, this spot offers local fare among its large selection of bulk stock, including trail mix, pasta, dried fruit and candy. “People always come in for our raw honey that we get locally,” says owner Dustin Miller, son of founders Mose and Erma. “The honey never gets processed, and we have locally made syrup, too.” Shoppers can even grind up peanuts to craft their own peanut butter. 309 S. Broadway St., Sugarcreek 44681, 330/852-2896, swissvillagebulkfoods.com
Dutch Valley Market
Located at Dutchman Hospitality’s Dutch Valley campus in Sugarcreek, this market sells an array of Amish foods and all-natural meats. Visitors could stock an entire country kitchen with the deep selection of Amish cheeses, baking supplies, jams, vegetable relishes and meats available. “We have a cutting room in the back where our meat is cut fresh every day,” says manager Pam Hamrick. “We have certified Angus beef that is grass and grain fed.” Vendors also prepare specialty meats, from pepper bacon to spicy sausages to whole smoked turkeys. 1411 Old Route 39, Sugarcreek 44681, Walnut Creek 44687, 330/852-2631, dhgroup.com
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