Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Amish Country Lodging Council Visit Troyer's Trail Bologna

Today I had the pleasure of joining the Amish Country Lodging Council as we visited some of the area's leading businesses, among them was Troyer's Trail Bologna, now operated by 4th generation descendents of Michael Troyer, who in 1912 established the business.  This year marks the 100th anniversary in the production of specially seasoned, hickory-smoked, cured beef bologna, a prized "Staple" in Holmes County.

The plant is located in the little hamlet of Trail, a "spot in the road," located a few miles north of Walnut Creek, Ohio.  We learned that originally Trail Bologna got it's name, not from the name of the hamlet; but, because it could be taken on the trail without spoiling quickly.  For safety reasons, the cured meat is labeled with refrigeration requirements; however, it will travel well for a number of hours without refrigeration providing it is not exposed to too much heat.  Consider how convenient it must have been for travelers in the early 1900's, to have meat that did not spoil quickly. It must have been the "Fast Food" for travel by horseback or buggy.

Visit Troyer's restaurant/store, built in 1933, where you will find old-fashioned round seats that turn on a post.  Treat yourself to a hot Trail Bologna and Swiss Cheese sandwich and enjoy a soda and some munchies.  It's a nostalgic place to take your grandchildren to show them how it "Used to be."

Exciting news is that soon Troyer's Trail Bologna will open to national sales with the conversion to newer equipment which will offer greater efficiency and the establishment of a Federal inspection program.

Our tour took us to the Amish Home at Yoders and businesses in the Winesburg, Ohio area.  Plan a trip to Holmes County Ohio with a stay at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, where the owners share area information to their guests at breakfast time.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
May 24, 2012

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