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"Fall" into Good Times! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #9
August 31, 2012


Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 04
Issue 9

September 2012

Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Fall is, without a doubt, the most beautiful time of year in Ohio Amish Country. The countryside begins to look as if drops of the most brilliant colors of paint were starting to rain down upon the trees.

It's very subtle at first, a shrub here, a few leaves there - then, without warning, you look and the woods almost seem to be on fire with the glow of red, orange, yellow and gold!

And then, once again without warning, you wake up to the chill in the air - the wind has kicked up, brought rain and stripped the once vibrantly-colored trees till they stand rather stark, looking alone and desolate.

bare-fall-trees.jpg But don't despair - it's only begun, fall is not officially here yet. There's still plenty of time to make your plans to visit Ohio Amish Country this fall.

And plan you must, if you don't it will be gone for another season and you'll have missed it!

Right now, the temperatures are still plenty warm during the day. But the nights are getting cooler, bringing in that nostalgic feel and smell of "fall in the air."

oat-shocks-harvest As usual, there's so much to do, so many wonderful events, festivals and "goings on." Thus, it is also, understandably, the busiest time of year. Don't let that keep you home, come on and join the fun!

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 - Chalet in the Valley

Tip of the Month - Labor Day . . .

Featured Recipe of the Month - Spiced Apple Cake

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences

Chalet in the Valley
We've been down SR 557 between Berlin and Charm countless times. We've passed the Chalet in the Valley each time and often thought, "We need to experience this place some time!"

So, we finally had the chance to give it a shot. They do not have what you would consider the traditional Amish fair. Their specialty is authentic Swiss and Austrian cuisine.

chalet-in-valley-interior The décor of the restaurant is that of a typical Swiss Chalet cultural theme with a beautiful, painted mural on the wall.

They have a well-rounded extensive menu, daily specials, generous soup & salad bar and regular Sunday buffet. The bread served with your meal - some of the best warm soft pretzels you'll eat!

chalet-in-valley Our food came out picture perfect and tasted even better than it looked! The portions were generous. After all the "bread," salad bar & meal, the only complaint we had - was not having left enough room to try one of their great looking desserts.

The restaurant is now under the capable management of the granddaughter of the original founders (they also started Guggisberg Cheese across the road). They are located at 5060 SR 557 just north of Charm. For reservations or questions call 330-893-2550 or visit their site at But, by all means, stop and check them out!

Labor Day

Labor Day is a "mixed bag" in Ohio Amish Country. There are some places open that day but many small "mom & pop" & Amish shops are closed.

The best thing to do is plan where you want to go and then call ahead to see whether or not the establishment is open for Labor Day.

We tried it one year, found it wasn't as busy - but many places were not open. Fortunately, we were still able to accomplish what we wanted because the establishment we were interested in was open.

Featured Recipe of the Month

apples Since apples are coming into season and spiced apples are so reminiscent of fall - here's a recipe to try:

Spiced Apple Cake

1 C. brown sugar
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. soda
1/4 t. salt

Add: 1/2 C. shortening to make crumbs.

Then add:
1 egg
1/2 C. milk
1 t. vanilla

Mix well. Add 4 or 5 diced apples. Pour into well greased pan.

3 T. melted butter
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1 C. chopped nuts
Spread over the top and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Recipe taken from Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People I by Mrs. Dan A Nisely.

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

Calendar of Events

September Events:

September 1

Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction
Mt. Hope Auction Barn, 8076 SR 241, Mt. Hope, Ohio, Call 330-231-0461 or 330-852-2889 for information.

September 1, 2

Killbuck Early American Days Festival
Featuring food, a flea market, kids' games, antique car show, petting zoo, and more, Killbuck, Ohio, 330-276-4003.

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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. Sat. 9am - 12pm. Geauga Fresh Farmer's Market 1-440-474-9885.

September 1 - 30

Sunrise Farm's Corn Stalk Maze
Explore our "State of Ohio" cornstalk maze where adventure and education meet. Learn exciting facts about our Great State of Ohio as you travel the highways and byways. School groups as well as families are welcome. Enter our Ohio maze to discover exciting historical and geological facts around our state and continue on to explore our classic Halloween maze as you run, skip and fall for our Sunrise Farm Fall Mazes. Sunrise Farm 10am - 5pm, 1-440-834-1298.

September 6

Shutterbugs Camera Club
Exercise your creativity with monthly photo assignments. Learn tips, tricks and new techniques. All skill levels welcome. Thu. 7pm - 9pm Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

September 7, 14, 21, 28

Fresno Farmers Market
Homegrown and homemade items, event is held rain or shine, downtown Fresno, Ohio, 740-545-0849 or 740-545-0997.

September 7, 14, 21, 28

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, Fri. 4pm - 9pm, 1-440-285-3519.

September 8

Amish Country Challenge Bike Race
Historic Downtown Millersburg, Courthouse Lawn, 330-674-3955.

September 8

Harvest Festival Parade & Rib Cook-Off
Village of Berlin, 330-893-3192.

September 8

Annual Tomato Tasting Contest
Taste the best of locally grown tomatoes and vote for your favorite. All entries grown by market vendors and available for sale at the market. Contest runs from 10:00 - 12:00. Geauga Fresh Farmer's Market 1-440-474-9885.

September 14

28th Annual Great Mohican Pow-Wow
Mohican Reservation Campground, 23270 Wally Rd., Loudonville, OH

September 14

Grand Return of the Scarecrows
Old-fashioned family fun! Not Scary! Young children and parents will enjoy the Scarecrows around town and surrounding areas, Fri. 5pm - 12am. Sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce Burton Chamber of Commerce 1-440-834-4204; 1-800-526-5630.

September 15

Fall Festival at Lehman's
Lehman's Hardware, 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton, 330-857-5757.

September 15

17th Annual Winesburg Fall Gathering
Winesburg Business Association is featuring crafters, small business vendors, antique dealers, and flea marketers in the Winesburg Fall Gathering. The Fall Gathering is an old-fashioned festival with food, entertainment, and vendors, 330-904-6202.

September 15

14th Annual Fall Trail Run
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The half-marathon (13.1 miles) will be offered for the third year. Prizes will be awarded to the first place male and female category in the half-marathon, and medals will be awarded to all participants who finish within a 4-hour time frame, 330-674-1584, ext. 1222.

September 15 & 16

Village Peddler Festival
Enjoy a fall afternoon in the country at this outdoor marketplace filled with more than 150 craftsmen, music and the aroma of food cooking outside. Also enjoy our harvest market of apples, jams, and jellies and our bulk foods country store. Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.

September 15 - Oct 28

Patterson Family Fun Fest
A young-family oriented creative farm outdoor play area, reached by a wagon ride, includes a huge pavilion of straw, hiking trails, corn maze, climbing tractors, tree house, apples-on-a-string, homemade go-carts, painting pumpkins and newest of all a tee-pee! Pick your own apples at the same location, or venture into the patch for pumpkins! Food concession available or bring a picnic. Typically we feel the families most interested are those with children up to 6th grade. 10am - 5pm. Patterson Farms 1-440-729-7144.

September 15

Mary Yoder's Day
Mary Yoder's Day features crafters on the porch, music, face painting and, for the kids, pony rides and a petting zoo. This is a customer appreciation day, and is free. Sat. 11am - 3pm. Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen 1-440-632-1939

September 19

Hastings Dairy: Cow Tales Adventure & Storytime
This event is for children 5-years-old and under accompanied by a caregiver. Join us for a unique adventure on our farm. We'll take a tour of the dairy to watch the cows being milked, see where they live and pet the calves. After the tour, we'll gather in the Parlor room to read a farm-themed book, make a cow craft, play in the Junior Dairyman indoor play area and have a dairy snack. Reservations required; contact 440-635-0313 to reserve your space by 5pm on 9/18/12. Limited to 40 people. Wed. 10am - 12pm. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

September 21, 22, 23

Derthick's Corn Maze
Come visit us this Fall to create a family tradition as you stroll through our corn maze with trails that span more than 5 miles over 17 acres of beautiful Mantua farmland. Experience interactive farm & animal education stations. Fri. 5pm - 11pm, Sat. 1pm - 11pm, Sun. 1pm - 5pm.

September 22

Burton Antique Market
Come out and visit our 400 dealers who will be displaying and selling antiques and other wares. This is a great time and you can find some great deals. Find us on the Geauga County Fairgrounds site in beautiful Burton, Ohio. Sat. 8am - 5pm. Geauga County Fairgrounds.

September 22

Shop Downtown Millersburg, Ohio Victorian Autumn Abundance
Join us as we usher in the first day of Autumn. Our shops will welcome you with soothing atmosphere and a plethora of treasures to assist you in embracing your Autumn Season. Select shops will offer: specials, free gift with minimum purchase, light refreshments. Hours are 10am-5pm (some shops may have extended hours). Ease into Autumn by visiting our beautiful Victorian Villages’ Historical District in Downtown Millersburg, Ohio.

September 22, 23

Missions at the Airport
A two-day event communicating the need of Bibleless people groups around the world, ten ministries represented, displays, kids corner, stories, technical presentations, airplane & helicopter rides, hovercraft demos, chicken BBQ, homemade ice cream and more, Stoltzfus Airfield, 11234 Hackett Road, Kidron, Ohio, 330-698-0280 ext. 227.

September 22 - Oct 7

Swifty's Balloon Farm
Swifty's Balloon Farm, Ohio's largest indoor balloon art sculpture exhibit, returns to Lake Metroparks Farmpark for a fifth year. Assembly of this display, made up of more than 20,000 balloons by Master Balloon Artists, takes 220 man-hours. 9am - 5pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.

September 22 & 23

Fall Harvest Festival & Antique Tractor Show
A festival of harvest, food and fun for the entire family, featuring crafters, antique tractors and engines, harvest activities and demonstrations, 3-acre corn maze, a hay maze for the little ones, and live music. 9am - 5pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.

September 22

Annual Salsa Contest
Come taste the best of Geauga County's Salsa. Sample them all and vote for your favorite. Bring a pint of your own to enter by 9:30 a.m. Contest begins at 10:00 a.m. Geauga Fresh Farmer's Market 1-440-474-9885.

September 23 - Oct 31

Ma & Pa's Horse Drawn Hay Rides/Fall Harvest
Come join us for our annual fall harvest celebration. Take one of our horse drawn hay rides. Pick out your favorite pumpkin from our wide variety including white, orange, pink and blue ones! Sample our fabulous apple cider (No Preservatives!) apples and our award winning maple syrup. Food also available, donuts, hotdogs, caramel apples. Horse drawn hay rides are weather permitting. Evening Rides on Saturday are NON-Haunted. Pumpkin Painting and Haybale "Wipe Out"! 11am - 9pm. Ma & Pa's Gift Shack 1-440-548-5521.

September 23, 30

Sisters of Notre Dame Family BBQ and Boutique
Please plan to join us for the 2012 Notre Dame Cathedral Latin delicious chicken or rib dinner. Takeouts available. While you are here, please check out our boutique and Chinese Auction. This event is rain or shine. Handicap accessible. 12pm - 5pm. Sisters of Notre Dame 1-440-286-7101.

September 23

Hastings Dairy: Dairy Farmer for a Day
Take a guided tour of the milking parlor to watch the cows being milked, pet the calves, go on a hayride tour of the farm and play on the farm-themed playground. Visitors will enjoy hands on farm activities including bottle feeding a calf, planting a seed to take home, and farming with the petal tractors. 1pm - 6pm. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

September 27

Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session
Singers and musicians: come share songs each month. Acoustic, gently amplified instruments, & vocals welcome. Hot beverages available. Snacks to share welcome. 7pm - 9pm. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

September 28

60th Annual Swiss Festival
The Ohio Swiss Festival began in 1953 as a way to help the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, based in Sugarcreek, to sell its excess cheese and to celebrate the Sugarcreek area’s Swiss Heritage. Today it continues to be celebrated on the fourth weekend after Labor Day. Friday & Saturday provide a full day of entertainment and events.

September 28

"Inspired by Nature" Necklace Workshop
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. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

September 28, 29, 30

Derthick's Corn Maze
Come visit us this Fall to create a family tradition as you stroll through our corn maze with trails that span more than 5 miles over 17 acres of beautiful Mantua farmland. Experience interactive farm & animal education stations. Fri. 5pm - 11pm, Sat. 1pm - 11pm, Sun. 1pm - 11pm.

September 29

Saturdays in the Country
Every last Saturday of the month, set up on the village green, will be crafters, artisans, collectables, a farmer's 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. Sat. 10am - 5pm. Sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce.

September 29

Hastings Dairy: Tractor Fun Day
Take a guided tour of the milking parlor to watch the cows being milked, pet the calves, go on a hayride tour of the farm and play on the farm-themed playground. Explore a real tractor, ride petal tractors, climb on tractor tires, play with toy tractors and more. 1pm - 6pm. Hastings Dairy Farm 1-440-635-0313.

September 29

Hometown Hoe-Down 2012
Celebrate a perfect Fall evening in the country as Geauga County Tourism hosts their fourth annual Hometown Hoe-Down. On Saturday, September 29 from 6pm to 11pm the Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) will be the site of some good ole’ fashioned country fun! Middlefield Market 440-632-1538.

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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