A Taste of Amish Country Autumn
by Olivia Bloom
Randy L. McKee photo
For those longing to enjoy a genuine Amish Country experience, a visit to Troyer’s Country Market is a must. Few places offer a true taste of Holmes County like Troyer’s does. From the moment you arrive, the deliciously enticing atmosphere is evident.
“We display a lot of our locally grown produce and other items right on our front porch,” said Troyer’s Country Market manager Dave Vogt. “Our fun and unique shopping experience begins even before you walk through the entrance.”
With items like apples, green beans, squash, tomatoes and a myriad of fresh,
in-season produce beckoning shoppers from the outside, the view serves as a mere precursor of what’s to come on the inside.
Troyer’s Country Market is among the most anticipated Amish Country destinations for tourists and locals alike, and for good reason. The market is a tiny cross section of all the fantastic foods and products Amish Country has to offer — all under one roof.
Here are 10 great reasons to experience Troyer’s Country Market.
10. Try Before You Buy
With a wide variety of delectable samples of local snacks available, like cheese balls, dips and relishes, and cinnamon and honey graham pretzels, visitors can try before they buy.
9. Amish Wedding Jar Goods
Patrons can enjoy the full line of Amish Wedding brand products and jar good items available exclusively at Troyer’s Country Market. “Our jar goods are not only delicious and traditional but healthy as well,” Dave said. “We have a full line of no-sugar-added items among our famous variety of pickles, peaches and, of course, our most popular jar good item — pickled baby beets.”
8. Jams, Jellies & Fruit Butters
Troyer’s Country Market also carries an ample assortment of more than 100 types of jams, jellies and fruit butters. These favorites have been lovingly perfected over time, and keep people coming back.
7. Fresh Produce
Troyer’s Country Market also has a full line of produce items purchased from top growers, both locally and across the U.S. From juicy peaches and delicious fresh strawberries from the Carolinas to a wide variety of apples from New York, freshness and taste abound.
6. Meat and Cheese
The full deli is packed with the finest and tastiest meats and cheeses. Visitors in search of authentic Amish cheese will find plenty to choose from at Troyer’s Country Market. The award-winning deli meats, fresh cheese and a very large variety of homemade cheese balls, including a few new ones, are sure to satisfy. Don’t forget to take home some Troyer’s Swiss cheese as well as the market’s signature off-the-bone ham.
5. Eat-In Deli
Troyer’s eat-in deli offers the opportunity to enjoy homemade favorites right in the market. Hungry shoppers can take a break and enjoy a homemade salad, or a hot or cold, made-to-order, freshly prepared sandwich.
4. Baked Goods
Home-baked goods are a part of what makes Amish Country so special, and Troyer’s Country Market has them. Among the array of locally baked breads, cookies and pies are the perennial Amish favorite — fry pies.
3. Bulk Items and Snacks
Troyer’s Country Market is well known for its abundant selection of bulk food items, like candies and nuts. Dave said he favors the market’s Backroad Country snacks, including kettle corn, caramel puffcorn, pork rinds and veggie chips.
2. DIY Fun
Visitors enjoy the novelty of making their own peanut butter or filling their own honey bottles. “While you’re in the bulk section, be sure to leave time to grind your own natural peanut butter in our grinders,” Dave suggested. “It’s always a favorite activity for the family.” The finished product makes an ideal souvenir.
1. Homemade Ice Cream
Once you have experienced all of the tempting foods, be sure to try Troyer’s homemade ice cream, which is made right on site. There are 16 delicious flavors of hand dip to choose from along with soft serve ice cream. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan and Buggy Tracks (vanilla ice cream, fudge and peanut butter cups) are the top three sellers.
Troyer’s Country Market is located at 5201 County Road 77, Millersburg, on the corner of CR 77 and State Route 39, about a quarter mile east of Berlin. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 330-893-3786. Visit the website at TroyersCountryMarket.com.