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The Sweet Goodness of Maple in March! - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #4 Issue #3
March 01, 2012
Ohio Amish Country Experiences
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing
Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
Wow, what a winter we've had! March is now here - only three more weeks of winter left according to the calendar. If you live in Ohio you might be wondering, "What winter?"
And that's just the point! This is the mildest winter we've ever had in all the years we've lived here. We've jokingly said that if this is winter, we'll take another round.
We've had enough snow and cold to assure us that we are not in Florida, but it has been unseasonably mild with an unusual number of sunny days and warmer temperatures as well.
Now, by warm we simply mean that the temperature has been above freezing on a regular basis. We've not had any temps below zero and hardly any in the teens or single digits.
All this to say that it has been a great year to visit Ohio Amish Country this winter. If you haven't made it yet, you'll want to hurry - the lower rates and smaller crowds won't last long.
We've noticed that the weekends - starting with Fridays, are already starting to get busier. Can't say we blame folks for getting out and taking advantage of the beautiful weather.
Make plans now! And remember, if you need a little help navigating around Ohio Amish Country, we strongly advise that you get an Ohio Amish Country map.
Please also remember to follow Experience Ohio Amish Country on Facebook for more exciting tips & info.
In this issue we'll be highlighting:
Feature of the Month - Premier Carriage House Cottages
Tip of the Month - It's Sugar/Show Time!
Featured Recipe of the Month - Amish Maple Nut Twist Rolls
Monthly Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.
Premier Carriage House Cottages
We recently celebrated our 25th anniversary - in all places . . . Ohio Amish Country! We had read good things about Premier Carriage House Cottages near Berlin, Ohio, and decided to give them a try.
We were not disappointed. In fact, we couldn't have been much more pleased - they lived up to our hopes and expectations, what a wonderful place to stay!
Their cottages are filled with delightful, genuine cottage decor - featuring local, primitive, and country-style furnishings with luxurious bedding. Each cottage has a two person jacuzzi, over-stuffed chairs and at least one large stone fireplace to make your stay more romantic and comfortable.
They have seven uniquely different cottages in all, each with special features and amenities.
And all are less than 4 miles from downtown Berlin where you can shop to your heart's content.
Their address is 6291 CR 203, Millersburg, Ohio 44654 (for your GPS). You can call them toll free at 866-590-1700 to make your reservations.
You can check out their site at www.berlincabins.com
It's Sugar/Show Time!
If you drive the back country roads of Northeast Ohio, you may see some strange sites. You might see small plumes of smoke and steam rising from a shack in the woods surrounded by trees with buckets hanging from them.
In some places, you might instead see lengths of plastic tubing attached to trees and snaking through the woods to a central collection point.
If you're fortunate you may even see a horse team pulling a sled with a large vat or barrels on it heading for one of those little shacks.
So, what's it all about? It's Northeast Ohio's version of March Madness - it's sugar/show time.
This is that one time each year when the sap begins to rise in sugar maple trees and maple syrup producers tap the sweet goodness from their maple trees.
And it all boils down to a wonderfully sweet treat know as real, pure maple syrup!
If you once taste it, you'll never want those artificial colored, corn syrup/sugar water toppings sold in grocery stores again.
You can experience this yearly phenomenon for yourself by taking part in 2012 March Maple Madness Drive Yourself Tour. For more information go to the Ohio Maple Producers web site.
They list tons of places across all of Ohio where you can get in on the action. Please be sure to note what establishments have tours and allow visitors and which do not.
Featured Recipe of the Month
Amish Maple Nut Twist Rolls
The pictures should help illustrate the directions. However, we did decide to omit the fourth picture - it was an empty plate!
1/4 c. water
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
1 tsp. Maple flavoring
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. nuts
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 c. Powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. Butter
1-2 tsp. Milk
1/2 tsp. Maple flavoring
Dissolve yeast in water. Heat milk and butter until scalded. Cool and add yeast. Beat egg, maple flavoring, salt and sugar. Add flour. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Divide into 2 equal parts. Roll out 1 part and put in greased round pizza pan. Put filling ingredients on top. Roll out second part of dough and lay over filling. Use a greased pizza cutter and slice toward the middle, leaving 2” in the middle not cut. Continue cutting, making 12-14 slices. Twist each slice 2 times. Let rise and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Drizzle with glaze.
Amish Maple Nut Twist Rolls recipe given by Mrs. Dan E. Mast from the Amish Wedding Story & Cookbook.
These cookbooks make some really wonderful gifts for friends or family!
Here's another gift idea you may consider:
Calendar of Events
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 - Big Creek Park, Meyer Center 1-440-286-9516, 1-800-536-4006.
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Friday Night Fish Fry Every Friday Oct.7, 2011 thru April 6, 2012. Except Holiday weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years weekends) Serving 5:30 pm till 7:30 pm Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 1-440-286-9921.
March 4, 11, 18, 25
Pancake Town U.S.A.
Enjoy Pancake Breakfasts to Benefit the Geauga County Historical Society, Burton Volunteer Fire Department, Burton-Middlefield Rotary, or the American Legion. Sun. 8am - 3pm. Burton Chamber of Commerce 1-440-834-4204; 1-800-526-5630.
March 4, 11, 18, 25
Pancake Breakfast - Burton/Middlefield Rotary
Our 60th year serving all you can eat pancake breakfasts. Our World Famous Omelets are also available. Sun. 8am - 1:30pm. Berkshire High School 1-877-283-3496; 1-877-283-3496.
March 10 & 11
Maple Sugaring Weekend
Witness the entire maple production process as sap is collected, boiled, and turned into maple syrup and other products. Discover how trees are tapped. Maple stirs, maple-oriented crafts and sampling maple syrup and candy. Farmpark's own maple syrup and other maple items will be available for sale. Sat. & Sun. 9am - 5pm. A pancake breakfast will be served between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; no reservations needed but, Farmpark admission is required. Lake Metroparks Farmpark 1-440-256-2122; 1-800-366-3276.
Buy Local - Cooking Tour and Class
Are you interested in buying locally, but don't know where to start? This Tour offers a morning of shopping in interesting and off-the-beaten path markets and home-based stores. Then, in the afternoon, we use items purchased to make something delicious to eat. Take some home, too! Goodwin House Bed & Breakfast.
Tree Tapper's Ball
Celebrate the maple season with our ever popular, old-fashioned square dance. Novices needn't feel like saps: all dances taught in fun fashion by caller Bob Smakula. A rip-snortin', roof-raisin' old-time string band will have feet flying'! Casual dress. Registration begins February 20th, limited to 8 per registration. Sat. 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Parkman Community House 1-440-286-9516.
March 11, 18, 25
Experience the art of making maple syrup from gathering sap to tasting the product. Includes a history tour, and entertainment in the lodge. Sun. 12pm - 4pm. Geauga Park District - Swine Creek Reservation.
March 17 & 18
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Ohio made maple syrup. Sat. & Sun. 9am - 1pm. The Holden Arboretum 1-440-946-4400.
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. Thu. 7pm - 9pm. Geauga Park District - The West Woods Nature Center.
Nature in Glass Etching Workshop
Etch a beautiful nature-themed motif of your choice on a glass candle holder. Ages 16. $14 fee covers all materials, including candle, and instruction. Pre-register after December 20th by calling 440-286-9516. Tue. 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Geauga Park District - Big Creek Park 1-440-286-9516; 1-800-536-4006.
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!
Stuart & Norma Watson
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