Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ohio Amish, Seed Catalog, Amish Gazebos

Since the Amish are avid gardeners and work closely with the earth, they are among those who can offer some of the best advice regarding seed and plant choices, and at the best price.  Already in February we at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, have had several guests who have come to to Berlin, Ohio to purchase seeds for their gardens.  There are a number of very good mail order seed companies here in Amish Country. They are:  Berlin Seeds, 5335 County Road 77, Millersburg, Ohio, 44654, telephone 330-893-2091 and Country Corners Greenhouse & Store, 4401 Twp. Rd. 606, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.  Because they are both Amish owned and operated, they do not have an online presence, so you will need to write or call for a free catalog. 

The Berlin Seeds Catalog has a wealth of gardening tips and plant care information along with their vast selection of seeds and plants..  They carry top-quality fruit, vegetable, and flower seeds, including some heirloom.  They also carry Monty's brand of plant food, as well as natural insecticides and fungicides, soil builder, and fertilizers.

Berlin Seeds also carries a broad selection of herb plants, strawberry plants, native fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, grass seed, pasture mix, wildflower mix, cover crops, and more.  Trees, bushes, strawberries, etc will not be in stock until March, 2011.  Their catalog includes grain mills, dehydrators, tools, and much more.  Request a catalog, place your order, then come to Amish Country Ohio, pick up your seeds and stay at the beautiful Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast! 

If you are looking to add an incredible WOW factor to your backyard, visit Berlin Gardens for inspiring outdoor structure ideas, poly furniture, gazebos, arbors, and more.  While you are in Amish Country, we hope that you will stop by The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for a tour and see our lovely gardens.

Loretta Coblentz, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Keim Lumber, Amish Auction, Ohio Auctions

A great cleanup auction at Keim Lumber in Charm on March 19, 2011, offers teriffic opportunities for homeowners, contractors, and do-it-yourselfers as building materials, new, some damaged, some discontinued, and some overstocked are carried off by the highest bidders.  The excitement of this once-every-four-years auction will run high as hundreds of shoppers will register for bids and enjoy the fun challenge of the bidding game.  Eight auction locations on the premises will be selling most of the day.  In the event of bad weather, most of the sale can be held inside.  Everything listed must sell.  Nothing will be held back and there are no minimum bids.  Keim Limber has quantities large enough for builders and small enough for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers.  Auction hours are 8 a.m. until sold out which may be noon or thereabouts.

Come, find a bargain, mingle with local people, and have a teriffic day!  When you are in Ohio's Amish Country, choose a stay at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast where the breakfasts are great and the innkeepers, Paul and Loretta Coblentz will treat you like friends.  Come, make it an event.  In Amish Country even auctions are social events!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ohio Amish Country, Horse on Road

I decided that while I am posting about unique photos captured while traveling on our back roads, I'll share this photo taken about three years ago.  It was a rainy day and just about one and a half miles from The Barn Inn, Millersburg, Ohio, I came upon an Amish mother and her daughter who were trying to get the horse off of the road.  The mother who is by the horse's head at one point had a bucket of grain to try to lure the horse off the road and her daughter was pushing from the rear.  Eventually a truck pulled up and the man pictured is trying to pull the horse.  Unfortunately, it was raining so my photo is blurry, but this was a fun sight for myself and other drivers backed up behind us.  They worked for at least ten minutes before they were able to get the horse onto the grass.  The family said that the horse was scared of the wet road.  You never know what you will find when traveling the back roads of Holmes County.  Find here valuable tour and travel information.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Amish Country Events, Girls Night Out

Saturday's the big night girls!  The Annual Girl's Night Out will again be happening in Millersburg on Saturday Night, February 19, 2011, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Stores will be open until 9 p.m.  Ladies will be roaming the streets for an evening of shopping, pampering, and relaxing. The event will begin with the naming of "Queen for the Night" at 3 p.m. at the Hotel Millersburg.  In 2010 an estimated 700 to 800 people enjoyed the evening.  This year 1,000 are expected to attend.  New shops will be participating and there will be many interesting activities.  Live music will be performed at Young Music and Sound.  Some locations will offer chocolate, cheese, pie, cheesecake, wine, and other food and beverage samples.  Retailers will be offering several discounted rates for certain items.  Glamour shots will be offered at 55 West and Co., and you will be able to make your own muffin candle at Walnut Creek Candle Company.  Come and enjoy the event!  The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn is filled to capacity on February 19, but please do call on us for other upcoming dates. Please remember that the Barn Inn events calendar is provided as a service and continues to provide customers and guests with upcoming Amish Country Events.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz

Ohio Amish Country, Cow In Road

This is just so cool that I had to post it.  Driving along on one of Holmes County's township roads, friends of the Millersburg Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Doug Aebischer and his wife Karen, from Poland, Ohio came upon a cow in the road, and coming toward them from the other direction was a horse and buggy!  Scenes such as this are typical of rural life happenings that one might encounter while traveling our many back roads.  Please note that it is permissible to photograph Amish farms, buildings, and horses and buggies; however, please do not photograph people, especially if they are close enough to be identified.  The Amish religion forbids them to pose for photos or to use cameras for personal photography.  Thank you, Doug, for sharing your photo with The Barn Inn.  Remember to choose the Barn Inn where stories and information about Amish life and culture are shared.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Amish Country Ohio Bed and Breakfast

We, the owners of the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast believe that a bed and breakfast should offer both a very good bed and a very good breakfast.  A sample listing of some of our culinary creations are:  Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Sauce, Baked Oatmeal, Maple-Flavored Sausage, Garden Vegetable Quiche, and Pears Extrordinare.  Some mornings offer a farmer's breakfast, but no matter what morning it is, guests are always served  fresh fruit cups, yogurt, juices, coffee, and homemade bread.  I cook for dietary restrictions; diabetic, gluten free, and low fat.   If you have special dietary requirements, know that we are here to make yours a safe and healthy Amish Country visit.  We hope that you will choose the Barn Inn for your next Amish Country stay; and, if you have a dietary restriction, please tell us about it when you are placing your reservation.  Breakfast concludes with an area orientation presented by Loretta. 

While in Holmes County, we recommend you shop at one of our many bulk food stores where savings are realized because, in bulk sales, excess packaging and national marketing costs are eliminated.  Walnut Creek Cheese is Holmes County's largest bulk food store, offering a vast selection of jams, jellies, and spreads, smoked meats, cheese, fresh produce, bulk food, and a vast selection of cooking wares and is one of our ingredients sources.  Walnut Creek Cheese is the place to go for your afternoon snack of Mudd Valley Creamery Ice Cream.  The ice cream is rich, creamy, and simply divine and the servings are large for a very modest price.  Their lunch counter offers very good sandwiches and salads.  After ordering your food, take the elevator to the top floor dining area where you can take a table and chairs that overlooks the lower level.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 16, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amish Country Ohio, Amish Country Home & Garden Show

Discover new and exciting products at the Amish Country Home & Garden Show showcasing March 3, 4, & 5, 2011 at the Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St., Dalton, Ohio.  Show hours are:  Thursday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person and children 12 and under are free.  While you are in the area, check out this barn stone fountain, a main park feature at The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We invite you to tour the Barn Inn for more inspiring ideas for your home or garden, or better yet, experience history and hospitality with a night's stay at The Barn Inn.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 9, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Barn Inn Foot Reflexology

A wonderful and soothing treatment that is sure to relax you and your loved one is foot reflexology, offered at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Reflexology is more than a foot massage.  It is an alternative method of treatment whereby the application of pressure on specific foot points stimulate corresponding organs.  Reflexology treatments contribute to overall good health and are known, among other things, to relieve headaches, back pain, acid reflux, and symptoms of arthritis.  Reflexology is known to contribute to improved circulation and detoxification and tension reduction.

Our licensed reflexologist will treat you in the comfort of your room.  Sessions each are for1/2 hour and must be ordered in advance.  Reflexology is so relaxing it could be described as "A foot body massage".  Inquire about a reflexolgy treatment when reserving your next stay at The Barn Inn.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ohio Wine

Many people know that Amish youth are known for "Rdum Shdpringa", a period of time when, prior to their joining the church and committing themselves to the ordnung (church rules) they might explore the world.  During this unrestrained time, it is not unusual for Amish youth to be introduced to alcohol by their peers.  Over consumption of alcohol and reckless social activity is not endorsed by parents or the church; however, "Rdum Shdpringa" is tolerated as a rite of passage, so to speak.  It is commonly not known that some households of the Old Order and stricter sects of Amish make their own wine.  Driving through Holmes County, Ohio, you may see Amish homesteads with long rows of grape arbors.  The grapes may be made into grape juice and canned; however, some Amish families who I know personally make their own wine.  These are Amish church members in good standing with the church. They consume wine very discreetly and in moderation.  It would be socially unacceptable to over indulge, drink openly, or frequent bars.  Only those closest to the society know about the role of wine in their culture.

Those who have attended an Amish wedding reception are familiar with the wedding party sitting in the "eck" (corner).  In keeping with long-standing tradition, the bridal table is set with wine glasses and the bride's best china.  Only the bridal party table is set with wine-filled goblets.  There is never a toast made to the bride and groom, and no public mention is made about wine, thus only Amish "In the know" are aware of the presence of wine.  It was only through having Amish girls work for me here at the Millersburg Barn Inn, that I learned about the wine at their wedding tables.  This is not to say that all Amish bridal parties have wine; however, I have confirmed the use of wine at numerous weddings.  Wedding guests are served water and coffee with the wedding feast.  Also, I know that my Amish grandmother made wine.  She was most conservative about wine consumption, most discreet, and very appropriate.  She was a very quiet, exemplary woman, fulfilling her expected role in the community.

Here is a recipe for Amish Grape Wine given to me by an Amish employee.  It makes a small batch and I am writing it exactly as it was given to me.  She told me that this is a sweet, fruity-tasting wine.  She said that they have several recipes, but this is the easiest one.

                                             Amish Grape Wine

Take enough grapes to fill a wide-mouth gallon jug and 2 pounds of sugar.  Don't wash the grapes so they can work.  Layer the grapes and sugar.  I pack the grapes in and try to have a little sugar left to put on top.  Do not put cap on, but put something on top so gnats can't get in.  It makes a mess, so I set it in some kind of pan.  When it stops working, it is ready; usually 3-4 weeks.  During this time I keep it in the kitchen then when it is ready I put cap on and put it in the basement or panty.  If you fill 1 gallon, you will probably get about 1/2 gallon of wine.

Contrary to the Old-Order, Swartzentruber and stricter sects of Amish, Mennonites maintain a strong stance against the use of alcohol.  Likewise, the New-Order Amish, Beachy Amish, and other more evangelical "Plain" churches, as they refer to themselves, would not approve of the use of alcohol, unless perhaps only for medicinal purposes.

When you are in Holmes County, Ohio, make The Barn Inn in Millersburg your lodging choice.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 4, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Football Party

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Corn Bread Salad recipe has now been posted on two additional sites, Dark Shadows Magazine and Recipe Lion.  I thank writer, Maria, from for this publicity. The writer for Recipe Lion elaborated on the fact that this is a healthy snack since it is high on taste and relatively low in calories.  See my February 3, 2011 post for the recipe.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Corn Bread Salad

Cheers to a new favorite recipe at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn - Corn Bread Salad, full of flavor, texture, and appeal.  Here, I have served it in Phyllo dough cups. These convenient individual servings will please any crowd and are hearty enough for big fans watching the "Big Game" or serve at any other special occasion.  The recipe is written for serving in a pan; however, for special appeal, simply serve it in Phyllo cups!

Read about this Barn Inn recipe featured at www/  I created a tray of  phyllo dough food cups and covered them with a "field" of finely chopped lettuce.  Garnish with spaghetti or cheese and embellish with football player figures.  I formed the goal posts with pretzels and chocolate.  Make this for your big event and you will have cheering fans calling for more.

Corn Bread Salad
1 pkg. Jiffy corn bread mix
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 c. sour cream
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 c. chopped onion
3 large tomatoes
1 can black beans or pinto beans, drained
1 c. whole kernel sweet corn
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 jar bacon bits

Bake corn bread according to package instructions.  Cut into small squares.  Mix vegetables in bowl.  Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and Ranch dressing.  Add the dressing mixture to the vegetables.  Layer ingredients into a loaf pan as follows:  Half of the corn bread, half the vegetables, half the cheese, half the bacon, and half the dressing.  Repeat layers.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 3, 2011