Monday, June 21, 2010

A Tasty Ohio Day

Today's adventure took us from the RV Park on

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Highway 250 west past this old barn and beautiful corn field.

  We turned on Hwy 94N, where we shared the road with

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some of the locals who were coming and

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going about their daily business.  As for us, we were heading to the little town of Kiddron, where Mark was anxious to visit

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this famous hardware store.  We all enjoyed time there and fascinated by what we saw.

There were...

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new things that looked old.  And, things that

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were really old.

Lauren questioned

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this item.  Well...when is the last time you saw a clothes pin bag?

And, she was really fascinated by this

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old hair dryer!

She did find a new

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grill for her dad.

Andrew liked the

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the big book about tractors, and

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the over sized lanterns! could roam around this place all day.  However, we needed to get on

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down the road through...

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where we would visit the

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Heini's Cheese Factory.

Lauren was excited to

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watch the process.  They started with 2,400 gallons milk and would end up with 2,000 pounds of jalapeno cheddar cheese.

Next would come the

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salt and

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jalapeno peppers.

After, these had been

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well mixed, it was time to

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dump the cheese curds into these tubes where it will stay for 12 hours while all the

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liquid is squeezed out.

  From here it will be stored and aged.  This particular cheese is a Colby cheese and will be aged for 4 to 6 weeks, while a sharp cheese would be aged anywhere from 1 to 10 years.

Next stop...

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the sampling room.

Andrew's favorite was the Canadian Bacon Cheddar, while Lauren went for

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Fudge.

Brenda....we even found some

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butter for you!

And Jim, we found some

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Habanero cheese for you!

With our choices made, we were off to find

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lunch, which was an Amish buffet at the Homestead Restaurant in Berlin.  Yummy!

After a drive through the

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surrounding country side and watching the Amish

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going about their daily chores and

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activities, we made one last stop at

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a local market.

Here we shopped for

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fresh fruits and

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Finally, after tasting our way through the day, it was time to figure out which

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country road would lead us back to the RV Park!


  1. Fantastic post! I love that area and we'll be there after the Escapade in September in Goshen, Ind. Have fun it's a wonderful area.

  2. What a fun day!! The hardware store was really neat. Isn't it funny how things have changed through the years??
    You all have a great day tomorrow!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  3. Thanks for a trip home!!!inestou

  4. What a terrific day! Great photos! Thanks for posting all of it!

  5. Well thanks for thinking of me and my butter fixation lol. Great post I can hardly wait to go and see for myself in the fall. We have a day tour booked to see how the Amish live now we just have to make it across the border. Keep your fingers crossed that JB's meds are working and we are able to go.

    Take good care

  6. So glad you got to Lehman's. I don't like to shop, as you know, but that is one store that I find fascinating. :) I was going to recommend Heini's but didn't know where all you'd be. The processing plant wasn't open when we were there, so all we could do was sample cheeses. Yeah, poor us! :) We camped down the road in Millersburg at Scenic Hills.

    Glad you're having a good time. See you in a few weeks!

  7. So cool the places you are finding to take the grandkids to.

    Did they get to eat fresh colby cheese curds? They SQUEAK when fresh as you bite them. In our neck of the woods in Wisconsin, we have dairy places and cheese stores all over the place. You can even buy a bag of cheese curds to snack on at most gas stations! They line up bags on the counter right where you pay for your gas or items. It's *standard fare* in Wisconsin---

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  8. Thanks for the trip through Amish country. Sure brings back our several trips through both Amish country in Ohio and Indiana. We enjoyed stopping at the bulk stores. Oh by the wau someone has a birthday coming up Happy Birthday girl.