Berlin, OH, Part II: Good Eats
Did we mention there are good eats in the Holmes County area around Berlin, OH? The morning after we arrived was Saturday, so we headed to Der Dutchman in nearby Walnut Creek for the breakfast buffet. As we mentioned in a couple of recent posts, Der Dutchman is part of a chain of 6 restaurants in Ohio and Indiana, and this was the third Saturday in a row that we ate at a different restaurant in the chain. The one in Walnut Creek is our favorite.
After breakfast, we stopped in the bakery at Der Dutchman and picked up some doughnuts for breakfast the next morning. The bakery, which had been enlarged since we were there last, has an excellent selection of pies, cakes, bread, and cookies. Items are available prepackaged on the shelves or individually from behind the counter.
Did we mention there are good eats in the area? On Monday (almost everything in the area is closed on Sunday), we made the rounds of some of our favorite places in Holmes County to stock up on some food items. Our first stop was at Walnut Creek Cheese. Walnut Creek Cheese has a lot more than cheese. In addition to a section that has kitchenware, jellies, a lunch counter and ice cream, there is a fairly large grocery store with that specializes in meats and bulk foods. The bulk foods include candy, nuts, snacks, baking and canning ingredients, and herbs and spices. In the photo below, Margery is checking her list to restock our spices. We have a test tube spice rack from the Tubular Spice Co. that is a great space saver for an RV. The bulk spices are inexpensive and are a great way to refill the tubes.
As we left Walnut Creek Cheese, we caught up to a buggy full of Amish women. With the kids in school, it looked like they found time for a girls' day out.
Our next stop was Hillcrest Orchard in Walnut Creek where Margery picked out some apples to make apple sauce. Did we mention there are lots of good eats in the area? The best part is some of them are even good for you. The next photo shows some of the 6 or 8 varieties apples available.
Since we didn't need many apples to make apple sauce for the two of us, Margery picked out a just a few.
In addition to apples, they have other produce including peppers, squash, green beans, tomatoes, pumpkins and decorative items like gourds and Indian corn.
There are a lot of good eats in the area. Did we mention that? From the orchard, we drove some of the Holmes County back roads and stopped at Winesburg Meats to pick up some beef snack sticks. The beef sticks are like a cross between Slim Jims and summer sausage.
We made one more stop on our way back to the motor home at Heini's Cheese.
In case we forgot to mention it, there are lots of good eats in the area, and there are several good cheese places. The thing we like about Heini's is they have samples of dozens of different cheeses. On summer and fall weekends, you have to wait in line to get into the showroom. Once you get in, you just shuffle your way around the displays eating cheese samples as you go.
During the week, you can watch cheese being made through glass windows. In the next photo, the stirrer on the left in the stainless steel tank is stirring cheese curds as the whey (liquid) is being drained out.
A few days later, we succumbed to temptation and made one more stop at Der Dutchman before we left. This time we went for a late lunch/early supper (lupper). Margery had chicken pot pie and Paul had a hot roast beef sandwich. We also had the salad bar.
It was probably not a good idea to spend time Berlin with all the tempting food right before to going to Pittsburgh to make our annual doctor appointments. The next week or so will be fairly hectic with a lot of poking and prodding, but we're also looking forward to spending time visiting with Lora and J. Michael. Till next time, adios.