Tour the countryside and find the freshest meat, fruit, and produce.
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to appreciate the flavors of freshness. In fact, you don’t have to cook at all to let the tomato juice run down your chin or to nip a strawberry off its stem. When you choose locally grown produce, you are more than a consumer. You’re a part of the process. The longest journey your pink lady apple made was from the tree on the hill behind the fruit stand to your mouth. And while we do love “all-you-can-eat” here, you don’t have to stuff yourself with goodness. Bring a cooler; bring a crate. Fill your pantry. You are sustaining a small farm by caring for your body and taste buds. And the fruits and veggies will guarantee your satisfaction.
Winesburg Meats claims, “We make the meats!” Many think they are one of Holmes County's best-kept secrets. The shop features over 100 items made from quality ingredients. They supply smoked, seasonal, and savory meats for any occasion. The shop has been family-owned since 1959. You may need more than one cooler after seeing their selection.
Do you want to taste a Holmes Country tradition? Try Troyer’s Trail Bologna. The Troyer family has been making all-beef bologna in Trail since 1912. A stop in their general store will transport you back in time! Order a Trail and Swiss sandwich at the luncheon counter for the truest local experience. Or sit down and have a burger before buying your bologna.
Discover the delights of a 4th-generation, family-owned fruit farm. Hillcrest Orchard has 75 acres filled with apple, peach, and plum trees. All of these fruits are available in the retail store, along with local produce, southern citrus, nuts, candies, honey, apple butter, and fall decor. This is an essential autumn stop for apples, apple cider slushies, and pumpkins.
Some experts estimate that food travels an average of 1500 miles to get to the consumer at a grocery store! That’s about the distance between Ohio Amish Country and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
If you’re looking for the best bulk foods and fresh produce, stop at Troyer’s A Country Market. They have some of the best of Amish Country’s foods under one roof, including meats, cheeses, bulk foods, and fresh produce from local farmers. They also feature Amish Wedding foods jarred goods, which are some of the tastiest preserved snacks you’ll ever enjoy.
Even though there’s a full-line bakery on-premises, you’ll want to shop the healthier choices at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery. They supply fresh, home-grown produce as it’s available throughout the growing season. In autumn, they also offer wagon rides to the field for pumpkin picking. There’s a farm animal petting area, snacks and kettle corn, and gift shop all at this one-stop.
If you want to buy directly from a grower, make sure to stop at the Amish Country Farmers Market. The market happens on Saturdays, May-October in Historic Downtown Millersburg. Vendors set up their own wares, including fresh, seasonal veggies, fruit, and eggs. You never know what kind of treats you’ll find from our innovative producers. It’s also an excellent opportunity to browse the shops and restaurants in downtown Millersburg.
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We have more small farms and growers than can be listed. Look for roadside produce stands during your journey. Carry cash for these. Some may operate on the honor system. And if you’d like the experience of getting into the berry patch yourself, check in with Moreland Fruit Farm on their seasonal you-pick options.