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Get It While It's Fresh - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #8
July 31, 2012

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Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of Experience-Ohio-Amish-Country.com
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 04
Issue 8

August 2012

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Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

OK, really - it seems that we were just completing last month's newsletter and were trying to make some plans for the summer. Here we are, another month has gone by and I think we're still trying to make plans for the summer. Only problem is, we have too many plans and not enough summer!

Time is flying by just way too quickly - and I know it shouldn't be mentioned, but . . . shhhhh . . . whisper . . . we're already seeing some tell-tale signs of fall "cropping" up around us.

We've seen a few leaves starting to turn, have noticed goldenrod along the roadsides and have been hearing the locust sing during the warm days. And speaking of warm - it has been plenty warm (actually have had days in the mid 90s) here in Ohio.

amish-horseteam-haybine We've not had the severe drought like other parts of the country. It has been rather dry compared to other years, but scattered showers have kept crops from failing and yet not "dampened" the harvest.

And speaking of harvest - fresh fruits and vegetables locally grown are in abundance! It doesn't get much better than, from farm or garden to your table in mere hours.

You'll find anything from pre-picked and packaged to pick-your-own, from farm markets and auctions to roadside stands and even family gardens. amish-garden

Once again, don't forget to check out the events calendar below. There's oh, so much to do and oh, so little time to do it!

And, as always - if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map.

Also, be sure to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.



In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Feature of the Month - Fresh Produce

Tip of the Month - Buy Locally Grown & Fresh

Featured Recipe of the Month - Zucchini Brownies

Monthly Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences



Fresh Produce
produce-wagon
We're probably going to sound a bit like a broken record, but this time of year in Ohio Amish Country (from now through the fall) is a time of wonderful opportunity.

The Amish are primarily a farming community relying heavily upon the literal fruit of their labor. They themselves depend heavily on gardening and farming for their own food needs and also rely on the income from the sale of their crops and produce.

So, it makes good sense (a win - win for all) for folks living near and those who visit Ohio Amish areas to purchase their produce and even dairy items like cheese from the Amish community.

It's not hard to do! As you drive the Geauga County area you will see a number of small handmade signs directing you to produce stands and farm/gardens that sell fresh seasonal items along with several larger produce stands, fruit and farm markets.

amish-produce-auction The Holmes/Wayne/Tuscarawas County areas have more and larger auctions, stands and markets along with a liberal sprinkling of family stands and gardens selling fresh produce throughout the countryside.

You can buy in quantities that fit your needs - one meal, or enough to can or freeze for a whole year. Many places, while not certified organic because of the cost factor, use mostly organic methods and practices. So, you know you have freshness and quality without all the unnecessary pesticides & chemicals.



Buy Locally Grown & Fresh

amish-produce-stand So, here's our tip for the month: come prepared! You should consider having extra room in your vehicle, bring cooler bags or even a cooler or two with ice. And bring cash.

The "mom & pop" places don't accept credit cards and cash is easier than a check. Don't worry - you have greater odds of losing your cash on accident than having it stolen!

Some of the larger markets, like Troyer Cheese and Walnut Creek Cheese, do take credit cards. And, by the way, these two places in Holmes County are great places to pick up on some real bargains.

So, plan at least a day and have a wonderful time driving around, seeing the sights and hunting for great produce bargains.

And, here's a second tip free of charge: both of the Ohio Amish Country maps we sell are great helps for your quest. You won't get lost and they also show where many of the places are, another win - win!

Featured Recipe of the Month

zucchini-brownies Got extra zucchini that you don't want to go to waste? Here's a great recipe that keeps it from going to waste - but may send it to your waist ;]

Zucchini Brownies

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup oil
2 cup sugar
2 cup flour
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup nuts

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar. Sift flour, soda, cinnamon, salt, and cocoa. Mix well. Add vanilla, zucchini, and nuts. Mix all together and spread on a 10x 15 jellyroll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. These are good plain, but you may frost them with you favorite frosting.

Recipe taken from Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People II by Mrs. Andy M. A. Troyer.

This cookbook makes a really wonderful gift for friends or family! Check here for more information about this and other great cookbooks.

Here's a "value added bonus." This is the recipe my wife used for the frosting (and just FYI it is a tasty addition!)

Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
Combine in pan. Stir well and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Spread on brownies immediately.

Calendar of Events


August Events:

August 2

Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Geauga Park District - Sunny Brook, Lodge.

August 2 - 4

Holmes County Steam & Engine Show
Mt. Hope Auction Barn, 8076 SR 241, Mt. Hope, OH Baker fans, steam engines, contests for adults and children, threshing, chain saw art, rope making, lots of antique tractors, and more will be featured at this event by the Holmes County Steam Engine Association, 330-633-8063 or 740-502-5454.

August 3

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

August 3-4

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale
Central Christian School, 3970 Kidron Rd., Kidron 330-473-2253.

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Fresno Farmers Market
Downtown Fresno, homegrown and homemade items, event is held rain or shine, 740-545-0849 or 740-545-0997.

August 4

Antiques in the Alley
A unique outdoor antique show located in downtown Millersburg. Shop along the streets, back doorways of stores, and the alleys of this historic village, 330-674-3955.

August 4, 11, 18, 25

2012 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. Monthly events include cooking demos, childrens activites and tomato, salsa and pie competitions, Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market, 1-440-474-9885.

August 4 & 5

21st Annual Nature Arts Festival
Don't miss this weekend of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists, including woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and other forms of nature art. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

August 5

Arts Festival
Chardon Square Arts Festival is a wonderful juried show with over 100 artists, outside in our lovely park on historic Chardon Square, located at the intersection of routes 44 and 6, Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

August 6-10

Holmes County Fair
Holmes County Fairgrounds, Millersburg

August 10

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

August 11

Trunk Sale
This is the 2nd Trunk Sale sponsored by the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come out to the old Sparkle Parking lot in Middlefield Village, right across the street from the Middlefield Fire Department, at 14849 North State Ave, Middlefield. Hunt for treasures here, have some snacks from the East Geauga Kiwanis Club, and Amish bakery will be set up along with many other booths 1-440-632-5705.

August 11

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild presents “Fractured Fairytales”
Join Geauga Lyric Theater Guild for a sampling of “not-so-typical” fairytales during a night of fun and fantasy. Held indoors if inclement weather. Refreshments served. Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Frances Hall Amphitheater.

August 11

Geauga Harvest Dinner
Geauga County Farm Bureau is presenting a seven-course gourmet dinnernprepared by ICASI chefs, the meal will be made from food grown and raised on Geauga County farms, to register call 440-437-8700.

August 14

Booksigning
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Ohio Author - Shelley Shepard Gray will be attending a book signing event at the Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield. Sparrow Christian Bookshop 1-440-632-0011.

August 14

Story Reading
Activity for parents and children ages 2-5 Sparrow Christian Bookshop 1-440-632-0011.

August 17

Chardon Square Farm Market & Concert
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Bring your picnic basket & blanket or chairs and stay for the open air concert on the Square in the bandstand! Historic Chardon Square.

August 23

Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session
Singers and musicians: come share melodies and songs of all genres. Acoustic, gently amplified instruments & vocals welcome. Hot beverages available. Snacks to share welcome. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

August 24

Chardon Square Farm Market
Join us Friday nights June 15-October 5 for a wonderful night of community fun! Our newly enlarged Farmers Market opens at 4:00 with local produce, bakery, meat, and other tasty treats. Historic Chardon Square 1-440-285-3519.

August 25

Saturdays in the Country
Every last Saturday of the month, set up on the village green, will be crafters, artisans, collectables, a farmers’ market, and an Amish bake sale. This will not be a flea market. Be sure to visit the shops in town, the restaurants, and if you hate to leave, there are two beautiful and comfortable Inns to serve you. Burton Square.

August 25

Joey Tomsick Band in Concert
The Joey Tomsick Orchestra, "Polka Band of the Year," marks its 28th year of entertaining audiences nationwide and brings its exciting sound to Geauga County. The four-piece group, known as the "JTO" was organized in 1984 by Joey and has since become one of America's most popularly active all-occasion bands, performing a wide range of music for all types of audiences! Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park, Frances Hall Amphitheater.

August 26

Meet the Artist: Nature of Metal Community Art Exhibition
Meet the artists behind Nature of Metal and view nature-inspired entries crafted from ferrous and non-ferrous metals on display through mid-October. Refreshments served. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

August 29 - September 29

Fall Scavenger Hunt 2012
Enjoy this Scavenger Hunt as it takes you throughout the county to find the answers to ten questions. This fun activity will show off the beauty of Geauga Co. in the Fall & introduce you to great locations in the county, Grand Prize awarded at Hometown Hoe-Down! Geauga County Tourism 1-440-632-1538; 1-800-775-8687.

August 30 - September 3

The Great Geauga County Fair
Bring the family and visit Ohio's oldest county fair, the Great Geauga County Fair. Fun! Fun! Fun! and Much, Much More! Ride the rides, see the shows, enjoy the food, browse the exhibits and so much more. This is truly a wonderful time for the entire family. Geauga County Fairgrounds.



Well, guess that's all for now - hope you find this news helpful and as exciting as we do.

Trust also that you'll have a great Ohio Amish Country Experience - real soon!

Best Regards,

Stuart & Norma Watson

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