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Alas, Tis Summer! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #5 Issue #7
June 30, 2013


Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 05
Issue 7

July 2013

Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Wow, we've had rain, rain and then some more rain. This spring was rather soggy and so far summer seems to be more of the same.

Last year was so dry it made for a poor hay season. This year, the opposite seems to be the challenge. Hay is growing like "weeds" but getting a break in the weather to cut it and let it cure seems to be an issue.

One thing for sure, there's no lack of good pasture at this point. The livestock are just lovin' the plentiful fresh greens. hayfield

Speaking of greens, those who were able to get their gardens in before the "monsoon" season started are beginning to see some returns.

The biggest problem with summer is that it goes too fast! There are so many things needing done, so many things to do, so many places to go and so many things to see - that there just isn't enough time to squeeze it all in.

traffic The harder you try to get more crammed in to the illusive time span called "summer" the faster it all seems to go. Soooo, better get started - with plans to visit Ohio Amish Country!

Weekdays are starting to get pretty busy now. So, keep in mind, if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle - stick to the out-of-the-way places off the beaten trail. There's just so much more to explore!

And - 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:

Tip of the Month - Which Way Do You Go?

Recipe of the Month - Pasta Salad

Feature of the Month - Weaver's Furniture

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences

Which Way Do You Go?

It all depends on who you are and what you're wanting to do and see. If you do not mind crowds and want easy in and out of lots of shops close together - stick to the cities.

welcome-sign The cities like Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek, Berlin and Millersburg are best for you. There's plenty of places to go all close by with easy shopping, but - there are lots of others who will be with you.

If, however, you do not want to fight the crowds and don't mind a little bit of traveling, searching and hunting - stick to the back roads!

There, you'll enjoy beautiful scenery, immaculate farms, horse teams working in the fields and some wonderfully quaint shops hidden along the way - just waiting for you to discover.

Featured Recipe of the Month

Pasta Salad


1 & 1/2 lb. spiral pasta, cooked
8 oz. diced ham
shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. chopped tomatoes
1 sm. onion
1 green pepper
3 c. salad dressing
1/4 c. mustard
3/4 c. salad oil
1/2 c. vinegar
1 & 1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. onion salt 1/2 Tbsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all together and let set overnight.

Recipe taken from Cooking With The Horse & Buggy People Vol. II submitted by Mrs. John B. Beachy.

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

Weaver's Furniture wevers-furniture

One of our favorite shops in the Sugarcreek area is Weaver's Furniture. They have beautifully handcrafted Amish-made furniture along with other quality home furnishings.

On the 21st of June, thanks to a firewall and some observant passerbyers, a horrible tragedy was averted at their store.

Apparently, a fire started in the dumpster near the finishing department after the workers had gone home. A motorist saw the blaze and reported it to 911.

Photo by Dave Mast
When showroom employees learned of the blaze they tried to fight it with fire extinguishers until a number of local fire departments quickly responded to aid in fighting the fire.

Due to the effectiveness of a firewall between the showroom and the warehouse the damage was contained to the back of the building and never reached the showroom.

Damage was estimated to be over $500,000 but fortunately no one was hurt and it could have been far worse. To read more about this, you can check out the following link at: The Holmes County Bargain Hunter.

Calendar of Events

July Events:

Click here for a list of events in Ohio Amish Country for July.

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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