Monday, July 07, 2008

Hanging with the Amish

Not far from my house is a large Amish community. Naturally, the local area has made a bit of a tourist industry around them. I like to visit a few times a year. The restaurants are good, and I can get some pretty awesome food to take home.

There are two main tourist hubs near the Amish community. One is Das Dutchman Essenhaus, which has a really good country restaurant. We had lunch there, and poked around in their shops and bakery.

I did get some Amish noodles and powdered beef and chicken soup base used in the restaurant.

The Cabin was supposed to be a "Christmas Shop," but I swear, there were only three small trees in the whole place. It is a very cute building though.

We decided to drive through Granger before going to our next Amish stop. There is a small yarn store there, but dang it all, it was closed.

After being disappointed in Granger, we made it to Amish Acres. We didn't do the house tour, or eat in the restaurant this time, but there is a collection of shops that I like to visit. In addition to the useal touristy stuff, there is a lovely bakery and a really nice meat and cheese shop.

Yes, we bought meat, cheese, and homemade butter! I think I am going to have to make some totally amazing macaroni and cheese this week.

An apple butter pot

Supposedly, they make cider here, but I have never seen them do it. I have never even seen cider for sale at Amish Acres. It is a cool looking building though.

Just a kitty sleeping on a chair. I thought he was cute.

The food I bought. Yummm

I'll have to share some of my adventures in cooking with some of these ingredients. It was a great drive, and Sly and I are enjoying our cherry strudel with coffee right now. MMMmm!

Happy Knitting!

1 comment:

Gayle said...

You were about 5 minutes from The Loft while you were at Amish Acres. Next time, give me a call and stop in!

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