Visiting Miller’s Bakery – Charm, Ohio (Video)
Another nice video from Lavonne DeBois of Amish Heartland Tours. In this 3+ minute clip you get a little stroll around Amish-owned Miller’s Bakery, located near Charm, Ohio.
Goodies you’ll find at Miller’s include cookies, pies, jams, noodles, pinwheels, and a nice selection of cheese tarts.
The oddest item to me are the raisin-filled cookies. Never seen that one before and not sure it would be top of my list to try.
In the video Lavonne points out some features of the retail shop. I noticed two different forms of non-electric lighting. You also see the stove where a kettle is heating, and some let’s say quite “rustic” seating for customers.
If you’re thirsty, you can grab a water from the fridge, or get a cold “pop” for 50 cents (where I’m from we call it soda, but this part of Ohio is clearly pop country).
And as a happy customer notes at the beginning, Miller’s also dishes out free coffee (Amish Country runs on coffee after all 🙂 ).
Bakeries are always a no-brainer stop of mine when visiting Amish communities. Do you have a favorite?
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!
Being from Wisconsin and of German extraction, I’ve had my share of oatmeal raisin cookies. They’re a standard cookie flavor that presumably go back to the old world. Both Amish and non-Amish make them here–I’ve had from both types of bakeries. Unless you don’t like raisins, I say try them–they’re delicious!
Hmmm…It’s not that I don’t like raisins, it’s just that I like them in limited amounts and strategically placed 🙂 For instance, in raisin bran cereal, or maybe here and there in some kind of dessert bread thing. A big gob of them in the middle of the cookie seems like a challenge 😀
grab a handful of raisins
Erik, raisins are just tiny grapes lacking water. I remember snacking on raisins all the time in my youth and today when they are in front of me.
The texture of grapes must not agree with you,
I used to eat raisins a lot as well, the favorite was simply raisins and peanuts. I quite like grapes and actually the texture/tactile is part of the reason why – a firm juicy grape is quite different from a shriveled wrinkly raisin. I do like raisins but they need a good supporting cast, or is it vice versa 😉
You HAD to do that, didn’t you, Erik! Feature this delicious-looking post so early in the day! Those tarts look SO delicious (good thing I can’t grab one–my A-1 C number’s been rising lately!)
Miller’s looks a lot like the bakery we visited in Kingston, WI last Fall. That particular Amish bakery also had some furniture and wooden toys for sale (which caught my eye as much as the delicious aroma “caught” my nose!)
I’ve also been to Rise & Roll in the Shipshewana/Middlebury, IN area. I like that one–we had free coffee & donut samples. They also serve sandwiches, and have a large selection of jams and jellies, and quite a few homemade noodles.
However, for “atmosphere”, I’d choose the Kingston bakery (not as crowded–which is more my “SPEED” these days.) My favorite Amish bakery item is strawberry-rhubarb pie (a-la-mode, even better!) They also had “pre-packaged” (by them, not some factory) meal “fixin’s”. You add water or other liquid, maybe another item or two, cook it up, and there’s a meal–I suppose it’s like the Amish version of Hamburger Helper. Wish I could buy a few right now.
As for the raisin cookies, I never had the kind pictured here, but I remember growing up there were “commercially-made” raisin bars we used to buy. They were tastier than you’d think. I still see similar ones advertised in certain specialty catalogs. They were closer to “fig bar” type filling, just made from raisins.
Thank you, Erik! 🙂 Now I won’t be able to get those pictures out of my mind for the rest of the day!
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Strawberry rhubarb pie ranks high on my list too Alice Mary. That Kingston bakery sounds nice. I’m guessing it was a smaller operation than Rise n Roll. Anyway sorry I had to do that to ya Alice Mary 🙂
My favorite Amish bakery is Esther’s Home Bakery at 115 E. Main St. in Sugarcreek, Ohio, owned and operated by Esther Yoder. Esther is also a scribe for The Budget newspaper and besides writing news from her Cherry Ridge District, she quite often mentions some news from the bakery. In last week’s Budget, she mentioned that customers from India and The Netherlands visited the bakery recently.
An “in-town” Amish bakery. Sounds nice. I’ll remember that one for next time.
I have stopped at Miller’s Bakery a time or two when visiting the area. Lots of good looking things in there. Hard to choose just one or two. It’s a little off the beaten path, but worth the stop!
I’ve actually never stopped in at Miller’s, I don’t think. Probably drove past it several times. Guess I missed it or already had my fill of baked goods then.
Miller’s is our family’s favorite when we visit Holmes County! Absolutely LOVE their cheese tarts! They freeze wonderfully if wrapped individually. We place orders for several dozen when we visit Holmes County which isn’t often enough! Thanks for the video tour.
We always stop at the Kingston bakery and buy fry-pies, and then eat them in the parking lot!
Erik, how many times have I asked you to get your butt to Wisc so we can go Amishing? Maybe this will be the year, eh? Why don’t you come tomorrow and on Sat we’ll go to Bonduel to the Amish consignment auction! 🙂 It’s about an hours drive from our town. One never knows what treasures await us at an auction!
Erik, have you ever had date filled cookies? Some recipes say to roll and cut a round cookie, then a tsp of cooked date filling, then a cookie goes on top and crimp the edges. Or you can roll and cut a cookie, put on some filling, and then fold it over and crimp the edges. My mom used to say that when the budget didn’t allow for dates couse they were too expensive, they’d use raisins instead. If you didn’t like a raisin to be a raisin you could grind them and the texture would be different. If you have any depression era cookbooks the stories on how to be creative when baking are priceless!
Give a holler when you’re on your way to Wisc, so I can have the coffee on! 🙂
Safe in Christ, Terry
Ha Terry, maybe it will 🙂 I actually have plans to get to visit a New York community or two this summer. I lived in Wisconsin briefly and always have liked the state. Let’s keep it on the burner so to speak.
Dates are one of the few dried fruits that I am really not a fan of at all. Just a bit too rich for my liking. If it’s the occasional one in a bowl of Mueslix that is alright but I have a low tolerance for them.
Terry mentioned the Amish community in Bonduel. There is an Amish gentleman from that area who writes a bi-monthly column in our regional magazine, Our Wisconsin, about Amish life. The family also runs a Friday/Saturday bakery, which is currently being passed from author to son (as an aside). The magazine doesn’t seem to have articles published online, but for anyone interested, you can subscribe to the hard copy magazine online.
According to Maps, Millers Bakery is an hour and 40 minutes away. I should take a Saturday and head down there. Looks like a good stop.
I don’t have a favorite Amish bakery…There used to be a roadside veggie stand that also sold cookies that had the BEST Madelyn cookies.. unfortunately, it hasn’t been open the last 3 years.
This was between Middlefield and Burton Ohio on 608 and Burton Windsor Road. Sure miss it.
There is another bakery on Nauvoo Rd in that area but I haven’t been there.
Looks like a nice one Kim. Some tasty looking donuts in the photo.
I think I gained 5 lb. just watching the video. The cheese tarts looked amazing, as did the apple fritters at the end of the video. Yum!
This bakery is wonderful. There are so many great treats to choose from. I love the peanut butter and choc chip cookies. If you go by the Guggisberg inn on your way to Charm it’s on a side road to the right. Make the stop. Another great stop is Hershbergers bakery. They have the best chocolate turtles and cashew crunch. I have had them shipped a few states over many times. Both these places are worth the stop, once even twice during a visit. Marie from Ontario Canada.
Marie I think the reason I never get to Miller’s is because I always get stopped by Hershberger’s on the way, it’s a bit more attention-getting 🙂
That looks like an amazing place. I’m drooling. I love raisins. I can eat them by the gob.
Erik, I’m guessing you’re not a fan of raisin pie – otherwise known as funeral pie around here. Lots of raisins in that! We have a new Amish market here in southern York County and I have to walk quickly past the baked goods section with eyes averted. My sweet tooth kicks in big time and I’m sure there are way too many Weight Watcher points in those desserts! Instead, I wander over to the produce section and try to get just as enthused by the turnips and zucchini. (Sometimes, it almost works…..)
I’m aware of it but I’ve never had this one Rita. I would try it for the name alone though. The problem is it’s tough to go for new things when you’ve got a lot of old favorites among your choices 🙂 But since there’s been so much raisin discussion here I know feel obliged to give some of these a shot at my next chance. Hope to be happily surprised 🙂
does he know about water wheel millery and bakery... It was a part of my youth in Saxony...
He has a suitcase in Berlin, and I am in Berlin (city center even!) 😉
_Interesting to see this continuation_
My very favorite Amish bakery
… is which ever one I happen to be nearest at the time!
Though, like Alice Mary I too have been to Rise ‘n Roll in the Shipshewana/Middlebury area. In fact, we went there THREE times in the week that we were in the Elkhart / Lagrange area last summer for Horse Progress Days. So, by definition, it is the Amish Bakery that I have frequented most often.
To be honest, I don’t think I have ever visited another Amish Bakery more than once … so the threshold is kind of low.
What is the address