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Fall is in the Air - Ohio Amish Country Experiences Volume #5 Issue #9
August 31, 2013
Ohio Amish Country Experiences
and Ohio Amish Country Marketing
Dear Ohio Amish Country Enthusiast,
It hardly seems possible. Leaves are beginning to turn colors. Nights are getting cooler. Daylight is fading sooner - all signs point to the fact that fall is creeping up on us quickly.
And so, summer will soon be a fading memory in the distant past! Sometimes it just doesn't seem "fair." We had so many plans, goals, and ideas of what we wanted to do this summer - not sure we accomplished too many of them.
Fortunately for all of us, fall doesn't signal the end of Amish Country opportunities. It actually is one of the best - and busiest times of the year to visit.
Fall festivals, fall produce, fall colors, fall smells, and so much more all add up to fall fun. There's just so many wonderful things to do and see - you'll not want to miss any of it!
But, remember, lots of others are also taking advantage of the opportunities - so it is also very busy. Make your plans now, but try to avoid the weekends if you can - they're the worst.
This month, we're emphasizing all the fresh produce available. With fall comes the bulk of the harvest. If your not able to grow a garden, but still want to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables directly "from the farm," then come and get it!
And the great thing, it's not hard to find. Just come to Ohio Amish Country, start driving around, and it will find you!
Remember - 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 - Produce, Produce & More Produce
Recipe of the Month - Chunky Salsa
Feature of the Month - And Even More Produce
Monthly Events - Find out what's happening - where and when in Ohio Amish Country.
Produce, Produce & More Produce!
If you love the taste of fresh, home-grown produce - then Ohio Amish County is "ripe" for you! This time of year, it's a real bonanza for finding fresh produce.
Ohio Amish Country is truly farm country. The Amish are known for their farms & gardens and growing "truck" crops for market. It's a win - win! It's part of their economy & it makes it easy to get lots of what you want - fresh!
Many of the Amish are getting into organic and natural means of production, so you can be assured of quality as well.
There are many produce markets, lots of roadside stands, farmer's markets and even auctions that sell the locally grown fresh produce. All you need to do is come prepared for the harvest!
Since fresh produce is so abundant right now, we thought it would be fitting to give a recipe that allows you to take advantage of the opportunity.
Featured Recipe of the Month
2 & 1/2 lb. onions
10 green peppers
6-11 hot peppers
3 garlic buds
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 & 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 c. vinegar
7/8 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. salt
Put tomatoes in hot water to take the skin off. Cut tomatoes into big chunks. Cut onions and peppers into medium chunks. Mix all together and cook for 45 minutes. Thicken slightly with 1 c. clear jel mixed with a little water. Cold pack for 20 minutes. Yields 17-18 pints.
Recipe taken from Cooking With The Horse & Buggy People Vol. II submitted by Mrs. Roman E. Raber.
This cookbook makes a really wonderful gift for friends or family! Check here for more information about this and other great cookbooks.
And Even More Produce
The Amish are known as an agrarian society because of the tenants of their beliefs. They live a simplistic life close to the land upon which they live. They are known for their caring for and conservation of the land upon which they live.
They depend heavily upon their land to produce the food for their needs and the needs of their animals. Fortunately for us, their successful farming processes yield much more than they themselves need.
Coupled with their amazing entrepreneurial spirit and abilities, the obvious outcome - lots of great farm-fresh locally grown produce available for our enjoyment!
Several of the auction houses in Wayne and Holmes Counties have regularly scheduled auctions throughout the season giving the Amish a larger venue for their sales.
Geauga County has an auction and even several networks that supply some upscale Cleveland area restaurants and have an extensive local distribution system allowing for "farm direct" produce straight to the consumer without all the middlemen.
Besides all of this, there are numerous mom & pop style farm stands and produce markets dotting the local countryside. These range from fruit orchards to truck patches and just about anything in between.
They are to numerous to list here, but the maps we sell have them listed for you to easily find in your travels. Just click here to go to our maps page.
Calendar of Events
Click here for a list of events in Ohio Amish Country for September.
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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