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It's summer time in Amish Country; the flowerbeds are in full bloom and fresh produce is being picked for roadside stands, farmer's markets and produce auctions. Being a frequent tourist to the area, you may have noticed that most of the fresh produce in the area comes from the Amish farms that make up the vast countryside. I felt it relevant to explore the industry a little closer and find out why it is that the Amish community has really dove into the fruit and produce industry.
The fresh local food movement is huge in today's society. I love seeing people excited to learn where their food comes from and supporting their local farmers. Spend some time exploring the back roads and stopping at roadside stands for fresh picked produce or checking out the large selections at the local produce auctions.
While you're out and about, don't forget to do a little shopping at some of Amish country's newest stores. C&C Treasure Seekers just opened its doors in December of 2014 and is excited to welcome customers into their unique setting. Specializing in the "unique and unusual," C&C carries items you might not find at the typical flea market or antique store.
Finally, if you are looking for a good home-style meal and a scenic country drive on the way, head on out to Charm Family Restaurant. What use to be known as Grandma's Homestead has a new name but a similar feel with even more great menu items. It will be worth the drive for excellent service and a great meal.
If you are looking to expand your summer reading collection, I would recommend checking out our "Book Review" section each month. This month's book was particularly interesting as it was based on the true story of the Hostetler family - one of the first Amish families in the area.
As always, there are some many great things to do in Amish country. Don't let the upcoming road construction in Berlin get you down. Use it as an opportunity to get off the beaten path and check out what other Amish communities have to offer. Take a deep breathe and enjoy the detour, you never know where a new path may lead.