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Whoa, Put on the Brakes! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #3 Issue #8
August 31, 2011

Ohio Amish Country Experiences

A publication of
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing

Volume 03
Issue 8

September 2011


Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,

Have you ever wished you could just click the pause button on a giant remote control and selectively start and stop certain times and seasons of the year?

Summer seems to be like a horse-drawn wagon careening out of control, as if the reins are just out of reach and all you can do is shout, "WHOA!"

Work for you? Unfortunately, it didn't work for us either! We've already seen the notorious and infamous first signs of fall - the maple leafs beginning to turn.


But, then again, that's part of the beauty of Northeastern Ohio - the changing of the seasons always brings something new. The never-ending cycle keeps things from getting boring and mundane.

So, now, we prepare to enter probably the most picturesque - but alas, short lived season in Ohio Amish Country. Fall is coming and with it all of the beauty and fun associated with fall, festivals and harvest time!

Fall starts the climax of the harvest and all the labor it takes to get to this point. It is thus celebrated and enjoyed in so many ways, you'll not want to miss out.

Grab a day, a week or weekend and see how much you can squeeze into your trip - and squeeze out of all that's happening!

And, don't forget, if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map. _________________________________________________________________

In this issue we'll be highlighting:

Our Feature of the Month - Nauvoo Family Market

The Tip of the Month - Ever Been "Bridging" - Covered "Bridging" that is?

A - Featured Recipe of the Month - Chow Chow

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

See Previous Issues of Ohio Amish Country Experiences


Nauvoo Family Market

Photo Courtesy Geauga County Tourism

A new Amish market opened in Middlefield this past winter on Nauvoo Road. The Detwielers and the Yoders have started the new Nauvoo Family Market.

This is not your ordinary market, they feature anything from plumbing supplies and hardware to baked goods and bulk food.

They carry Amish meats and cheeses, Coleman lantern products & supplies along with interior & exterior paints.

We were amazed at the variety of products - almost literally from soup to nuts.

Photo Courtesy Geauga County Tourism

The market is light and open utilizing sunlight through sky lights.

One side is hardware items the other is food and bakery. They heat in the winter with a stove in the middle.

The next time your in Geauga County and the Middlefield area stop by at 15979 Nauvoo Road. You can contact them as well at 440-632-0276.


Try Covered "Bridging"

Photo by Rich McBride

Ashtabula County, Ohio boasts the title "Covered Bridge Capital of Ohio." It is with every right and good reason they make this claim.

The County has eighteen of these majestic wooden masterpieces - one being the longest in the nation and the other being the shortest functioning bridge in the country.

These are open year around for your touring pleasure. However, it is only once a year that Ashtabula County hosts a Covered Bridge Festival.

This year's festival is the second weekend in October, the 8th & 9th. The festival takes place at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds as well as at the various bridges.

Photo by Rich McBride

You can start off at the fairgrounds, enjoy the festivities, get a tour guide and set off across the area viewing the bridges engulfed in the beauty of fall!

Be sure to stop at each bridge - there are souvenirs, crafts and various sales at many of them. You can even grab a bite of some delicious homemade foods being offered.

This is one event that you'll not want to miss - and you'll want to experience again and again!

For more information you can contact the Festival at 440-576-3769. Or, better yet, stop by their website:

Covered Bridge Festival

If you would like a great visual to guide you on your tour, our Experience Northeast Ohio Amish Country Roadmap is a wonderful tool that lists all eighteen bridges and shows their locations on the map. _________________________________________________________________

amish chow chow

Featured Recipe of the Month

Chow Chow

Got lots of extras from your garden and don't want it to go to waste? This recipe is for you!

1 c. chopped green tomatoes
1 c. chopped bell peppers
1 c. chopped cabbage
1 whole cucumber, chopped
1 c. chopped onions
2 qt. water
1/4 c. salt
1 c. chopped carrots
1 c. chopped green beans
2 tsp. mustard seed
2 tsp. celery seed
2 c. vinegar
2 c. sugar

Soak tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and onions overnight in water and salt. Drain. Cook carrots and green beans for 10 minutes and drain. Mix all ingredients. Heat to a boil. Pack in jars and seal.

Chow Chow recipe given by Matthew Miller from Amish Wedding & Story Cookbook.

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Calendar of Events

September Events:

September 1

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

September 1 - 5

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, 8am - 11pm. This is truly a wonderful time for the entire family. Geauga County Fairgrounds.

September 1 - October 31

Sunrise Farm's Corn Stalk Maze
Explore the "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, 10am - 5pm. Sunrise Farm 440-834-1298.

September 3

Saturdays in Zoar Guest Lecture Series
Zoar Village, Zoar.

September 3, 10, 17, 24

2011 Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market
The Geauga Fresh Farmers' Market provides fresh local food, fun and community. This year will be extra special as they celebrate their tenth anniversary with monthly events, Saturdays 9am - 1pm. Geauga Fresh Farmers Market 440-474-9885.

September 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25

Century Village Museum Public Tours
Guided tours of the historical houses are given every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm and at 3:00 pm during tour season which begins on April 15 and ends on November 15, Sat. & Sun. 1pm - 3pm. Century Village Museum 440-834-1492.

September 9-11

Pig Gig Weekend
Camp Tuscazoar, Zoarville.

September 9-11

"The Marvelous Wonderettes"
Schoenbrunn Ampitheatre, New Philadelphia.

September 10

Civil War Cooking Class
Zoar Village, Zoar.

September 10

Holmes 100 Cycle Fest
Historic Downtown Millersburg, 330-674-3955.

September 10

Harvest Festival Parade & Rib Cook-Off
Berlin, 330-893-3467.

September 10

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 till noon. Geauga Fresh Farmers Market 440-474-9885.

September 10 & 11, 17 & 18

Third Annual "Ye Old State Renaissance Faire"
"Hear Ye", "Hear Ye"! Come One, Come All, to the "Ye Old State Renaissance Faire" Settlers’ Village travels back in time from the Colonial era to the land of knights and fair maidens. Two fabulous weekends, each with their own special activities and different entertainment schedules, Sat. 10am - 6pm, Sun. 11am - 6pm. You will want to come to both! Settlers' Village 440-632-1124.

September 16

Zoar Civil War Encampment School Day
Zoar Village, Zoar.

September 16

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 440-834-4204; 800-526-5630.

September 16 - October 16

Fall Scavenger Hunt
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 County in the Fall & introduce you to great locations in the county, Grand Prize awarded at Hometown Hoe-Down! 9am - 6pm, Geauga County Tourism Council 440-632-1538; 800-775-8687.

September 16 - 18, 23 - 25

Derthick's Corn Maze
Come visit this Fall to create a family tradition as you stroll through the corn maze with trails that span more than 5 miles over 17 acres of beautiful Mantua farmland. Experience interactive farm & animal education stations. Fri. 4pm - 11pm, Sat. 12pm - 11pm, Sun. 1pm - 5pm.

September 16-17

Fall Harvest Festival
Dutch Valley Campus, Sugarcreek, hours: Friday-Saturday 10 am-7:30 pm, admission: free.

September 16 - 18

27th Annual Great Mohican Pow-Wow at Mohican Reservation
Mohican Reservation Camp & Canoe, 23270 Wally Rd., Loudonville 800-766-2267.

September 17

Airport Community Day
Community Airport Day - 7am - 3pm, Free Young Eagle Airplane rides for youth ages 8-17, Pancake breakfast, Tribute to WWII Veterans, Demonstrations and much more Geauga County Airport 440-632-1884.

September 17

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 440-632-1939.

September 17

16th Annual Fall Gathering
Winesburg, 330-359-7922 or 330-231-0715.

September 17

Schoenbrunn Wedding Reunion
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, hours: 2-5 pm.

September 17

Lantern Tour
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, hours: 7-10 pm.

September 17 & 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22

Hastings Dairy "Open Farm Days"
Visit their farm located in beautiful Geauga County, Ohio. Watch the cows being milked, pet the calves, take a hayride tour and play on the farm-themed playground. Drinks and snacks will be available for sale, Saturdays 10am - 5pm . Hastings Dairy Farm 440-635-0313.

September 17 & 18

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 the 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 17 - October 30

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, 10am - 5pm. Typically the families most interested are those with children up to 6th grade. Patterson Farms 440-729-7144.

September 17-18

Zoar Civil War Encampment
Zoar Village, Zoar.

September 18, 25

Sisters of Notre Dame Family BBQ and Boutique
Plan to join the 2011 Notre Dame Cathedral Latin delicious chicken or rib dinner. Takeouts available. While you are here, please check out the boutique and Chinese Auction, Sun. 12pm - 5pm. This event is rain or shine. Handicap accessible. 440-286-7101.

September 23

Drawing with Watercolor Pencils
Join artist Susan Morse to explore the use of watercolor pencils, a terrific drawing medium used for nature journaling or for sketches used for watercolor paintings. This class will focus on drawing from nature and still lifes, discuss techniques for creating loose sketches, and building up shading and colors for botanical studies, Fri. 6:30pm - 9pm. No experience required. Fees apply. Contact Geauga Park District at 440-286-9516 Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.

September 24

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

September 24

Saturday in the Country
Burton Square, Sat. 10am - 5pm.

September 24

Camp Whitewood's 4th Annual Autumn Open House
Experience the joy and warmth once again as they celebrate 71 years of camping history on September 24th. Honor their legacy and bright future by bringing your family and friends to Camp Whitewood for this special family-friendly day, Sat. 12pm - 5pm. 4-H Camp Whitewood 440-272-5275; 967-2267.

September 24 & 25

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, Sat. & Sun. 9am - 5pm. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 440-256-2122; 800-366-3276.

September 24 & 25

Fall Fun Weekends at Ridgeview Farm
Fall Fun Weekends, enjoy a hayride, corn maze, pick you own pumpkin, petting zoo, Amish lunch/bake stand, and other fall activities. No admission charge to the farm, Sat. & Sun. 12pm - 6pm. Nominal fee for hayride & corn maze. Family Fun Activities! Ridgeview Farm 440-693-4000.

September 30-October 1

Ohio Swiss Festival
Downtown Sugarcreek.

September 30-October 2

Atwood Area Fall Festival
Atwood Lake Park, Mineral City, hours: Friday & Saturday 9 am-9 pm, Sunday 9 am-5 pm, admission: $5 per person, children under 14 free - senior day (Friday only) $2.

September 30-October 2

Fall Flapjack Flip
Camp Tuscazoar, Zoarville.


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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