Monday, April 23, 2012

Ohio Amish Country Annual Dandelion Festival Event

Plan another fun Event in Ohio Amish Country, where on May 4 and 5, 2012, Breitenbach Wine Cellars will be hosting the 19th Annual Dandelion Festival. There you will find the Great Dandelion Cookoff where 15 finalists are chosen, competing using their best recipes made from dandelion flowers. The cookoff will take place on Saturday and guests are welcome to try samples after the winners are announced. Cookbooks will be available for sale.

Tempting your senses will be a wide variety of products to try such as sausages, mushroom soup, jellies, lasagna, and ice cream all using, you guessed it, dandelions! Breitenbach will be using an old German recipe to make dandelion wine as well as dandelion gravy over mashed potatoes.

You'll find the most unusual - arts, crafts, and jewelry made out of the little weed. Items such as windchimes, candles and soap will be offered. There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained as well, such as a scavenger hunt and a dandelion picking contest. Festivities will be held on Friday from noon until 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located just 20 miles west of Breitenbach Wine cellars, and receive a full country breakfast before leaving for the day.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 23, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ohio Amish Country Discount Grocery Stores

The Amish, a people of thriftiness, save money by shopping at local discount grocery stores as well as other discount outlet shops throughout the county.  Scattered throughout Ohio's Amish Country are bulk food and dented can stores where salvage foods, paper products, cleaning supplies, and many other useful products are offered at remarkable savings. For the Amish, whose travel is by horse and buggy, such a "Convenience Store" is most appreciated.  Imagine if you needed something and you had to hitch up a horse and buggy and travel 6 or 8 miles to get what you needed.  The more liberal of the Amish hire van drivers to take them shopping; however, stricter sects are not so privileged.

Here is only a partial listing of some of the discount grocers who typically also incorporate bulk foods in their stock, or even other salvage goods.  You will notice that the Amish do not always clarify addresses and locations, because, after all, this is a close-knit community and everybody knows everybody.  If you want to shop where the Amish shop, a drive to some of these stores will offer you a great opportunity to interact with them, save money, and get a closer glimpse into the Amish way of living.  All Amish stores are closed on Sunday.

Cardinal Hill Grocery, 8221 CR 192 Holmesville

Country Hills, 8229 CR 201, Fredericksburg

Country Salvage Ltd., 9420 Kidron Rd, Apple Creek

German Village Market, 4933 W. Main St., Berlin (behind Sol's Craft Mall)

J & F Discount Groceries, (Joe & Fannie Bowman) 1 1/2 mi. SW Mt. Hope

Maple Valley Bulk Foods, 2430 TR 183, Baltic, closed Wednesday & Sunday

Miller Bent & Dent Groceries, (Daniel & Esther Miller) 3953 Twp Rd 414, Dundee,
2 mi north of Berlin off Rt. 62, closed Thursday & Sunday

Pleasant Hill Bulk Foods, 3577 TR 606, Fredericksburg, closed Thursday & Sunday

Prairie Lane Market, 7841 CR 373, Big Prairie, closed Thursday & Sunday

Route 62 Bent N' Dent, 1295 US Rt 62

Weaver Basic Foods, 8439 TR 527, Shreve

Weaver Ridge Surplus, 2495 CR 168, Near Trail

Holmes Country Room at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Guests of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are provided a listing of many interesting Amish owned businesses situated throughout our countryside.  There is no zoning in Holmes County, so you can find some kind of cottage industry about anywhere throughout the county.  Come and explore!

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amish Community Work Ethic and Recreation

In the Amish community, work is a virtue and idleness is shunned.  They often say, "An idle mind is the devils workshop." Amish adults teach their children to work hard, to enjoy the work, and the satisfaction derived from a job well done. Hard work is not a part of the Ordnung; but rather is a distinctive trait of the culture.  We have witnessed parents start up a side business to provide employment for their children.  One particular family who had several daughters opened a dinner hall where they served Amish meals to bus tours.  The primary purpose was not for added income, but to provide work for the girls.

In the Amish society cooperative work provides opportunity for socialization.  When we moved back to Ohio, my Amish sister-in-laws invited me to "Ladies Day."  In other circles, this might be tea and crumpets.  When I asked about Ladies Day, I learned it was a day that all of the sister-in-laws go to one of the sister's house and wash her windows, walls, floors, and whatever deep cleaning might be found to do.  Each lady takes a dish of food.  A lot of fun and fellowship is had while getting a big job done.  Recreation and socialization combine in such a way that it doesn't seem like work. 

At this local local barnraising, below, the barn was being built for a business, not as a result of a fire.  It was a new business venture.  The Amish came out by the hundreds and did a barnraising simply for the socialization and fun!  I was told their labor was all donated, as is customary.

Barn Raising in Holmes County Ohio

Amish people see worldly children participate in activities such as dance and music lessons, baseball games, 4-H, reading, movies, and recreation of all types.  This would be viewed by the Amish as irresponsible parenting.  By the time an Amish child is grown, he or she has learned to enjoy work as much or more than play.  Typically non-Amish teenagers work toward the main goal of earning money.  Amish teenagers work because they have been taught the value of a job well done and truly enjoy it.  A 16 year old girl who worked for us here at our Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, asked to have off every Friday because she washes her mother's windows each week.  How many "Worldly" girls would want to be sure to be home to wash their mother's windows?

Dutch Blitz Game

On those occasions when Amish engage in recreation, the main physical sport is volleyball, and they compete fiercely.  The girls are as aggressive as the boys.  A table game that is frequently played is Dutch Blitz, a Pennsylvania Dutch game that can be purchased at Lehman's Hardware or other Amish stores.  The Amish do not play card games with typical worldy playing cards.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 17, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Downtown Millersburg Hosts PJ Party

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, only 3 miles from Historic Downtown Millersburg, encourages guests to participate in the second annual Pajama party taking place at various merchant locations in Millersburg on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Ten stores will be open from 7-11 p.m. and those wearing their pj's will receive discounts as well as other goodies hosted by each store. All stores will close at 5 p.m. and will reopen for the sale. Some of these shops will be open on Sunday as well.

Some participating stores are:
 Starlight Antiques
 Shaker House Antiques
 Jackson Street Gallery
 Amish Country Essentials
 Young's Uniforms and Scrubs
 Three Feathers Pewter
 Pioneer Loft
 Bookworms Cafe
 Mama Bear's Coffee Shop

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mohican Wildlife Weekend

From April 27-29, 2012, Mohican State Park will be hosting their 11th annual Wildlife Weekend. The theme this year will be predators of Ohio and the keynote speaker will be Scott Peters from the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Activities span a 30 mile area reaching from the Mohican State Park in Loudonville to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary in Mansfield. Participants can choose the presentations and avtivities they wish to attend  as well as the places they would like to visit.

Activities begin at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Mohican State Park Resort. A short hike will give participants a chance to view different types of birds.  At 6 p.m. a welcome reception will be held where guests can register for special activities on during the weekend. The activities continue throughout the weekend with presentations about birds, bats, snakes, and other predators found in Ohio. The last presentation will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Other recreational features will be offered; nature walks, campfires, wagon rides, and more. Brunch will be offered Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost for adults will be $7, children ages 5-10 will be $5, and children 4 and under are free. All other meal arrangements must be made by the participants. Find a complete listing of events at or by calling 800-642-8282.

Within a 20 minute drive, you will find lodging accomodations, a delicious breakfast, and welcoming hospitatlity at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.