When considering things to do / attractions in Ohio's Amish County (Berlin / Millersburg area in Holmes County), no visit would be complete without a stop at Troyer Country Market.
“We definitely have a country market atmosphere and most of our workers live right here in Amish Country,” said Dave Vogt, manager of the Berlin market that opened in 2006.
Vogt invites folks to enjoy samples of cheese, Amish Wedding brand products and other goodies as they stroll through the store, or savor the market’s made-to-order sandwiches and homemade ice cream at indoor tables.
Intrigued, but unsure where to start? Vogt points out some of his favorite finds at Troyer Country Market:
Amish Wedding Jar Goods
“The foods in our Amish Wedding line originate from time-tested Amish recipes and have out-of-this-world flavor,” Vogt said. “The Amish Wedding line is all about foods that are naturally good with clean-label ingredients. Read the ingredient list on our jars, it’s what you don’t see on the label that proves what’s really good inside.”
Most items contain only two or three ingredients, including bread-and-butter pickles, pickled beets, peanut butter spread and strawberry rhubarb jam. Barbecue sauces, pie fillings, jellies and salsas are also popular.
“They’re all-natural and manufactured in Millersburg, Ohio, and not anywhere else,” Vogt said. “When people come here, they’re supporting jobs in this community.”
Cheese and Meat
Amish Country and cheese go hand-in-hand. Visitors will delight in several hundred varieties of cheese, such as Troyer Swiss, Jalapeno Muenster and Colby Swiss Swirl. Troyer’s is the only market in the area to offer such unique cheese balls, such as Dutch Sizzler, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Butter Pecan, which are made onsite.
While at the market, you will want to grab some Trail Bologna, off-the-bone ham or Troyer Beef Jerky to go with the cheese.
“Our jerky is incredibly tender,” Vogt said. “We’ll put ours up against anybody else’s.”
Mostly grown locally, fresh fruits and vegetables line the market’s front porch and are featured in many Troyer products.
Homemade Ice Cream
Sixteen rich varieties of ice cream are made in-house daily. Chocolate peanut butter, butter pecan and buggy tracks (vanilla ice cream, fudge and peanut butter cups) are the top three sellers.
Made-to-order subs featuring Troyer’s deli meats, cheeses and an extensive choice of toppings are the draw here.
“Imagine Troyer off-the-bone ham with Troyer Swiss cheese on locally baked white or wheat bread,” Vogt said. “A ham-and-Swiss sandwich never tasted so good.”
Among the array of locally baked breads, cookies and pies are a perennial Amish favorite: fry pies. Shaped like a half moon, the 5-inch-wide pastries are encased with delicious fillings, such as apple, then deep fried. They fit in the palm of your hand, so no fork is needed.
“Home-baked goods is what Amish Country food is all about,” Vogt said.
Visitors enjoy the novelty of making their own peanut butter or fill honey bottles at easy-to-use machines. The finished product is a perfect souvenir.
Bulk Items and Snacks
The folks back home will appreciate an assortment of candies and snacks from Troyer’s bulk section — that is, if you do not eat your bounty during the drive home. Vogt favors back road country snacks such as kettle corn, caramel puff corn, pork rinds and veggie chips.
Edna Lucille Handmade Soaps
These all-natural soaps are available in 29 country fragrances, such as honeysuckle and cucumber melon.
Whether you are shopping for a special occasion, holiday or simply want to send a taste of Amish Country to family and friends, Troyer’s offers a variety of gift baskets and boxes. Corporate orders are also welcome.
Once back home, you might find yourself craving Troyer Country Market’s bread-and-butter pickles or beef jerky. Visit Troyer’s website to have your favorite items delivered. The online store allows you to bring a taste of Amish Country to your door.
By Nina Polien Light
Troyer Country Market is located at 5201 County Road 77, Millersburg, about a quarter mile east of Berlin. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 330-893-3786. Visit the website at www.TroyerCountryMarket.com.