The last day of our vacation was rainy which was probably a sign that we’d soaked up enough sun so we packed up and decided to lolly-gag our way South back home to Chicago. Our friends had left us directions to an Amish community that was otherwise unmarked by signs. This small community, located in South-Central Wisconsin is not easily found and if we had not been told about the bakery, we’d have never found it. At the dry goods store where I bought a rainbow of sanding sugars (go figure), I asked a young girl if she knew of the bakery. She very shyly told me it was down the road a bit. I couldn’t place her accent at the time but later learned it was Pennsylvania Dutch, the language spoken amongst themselves. We followed her directions and were sad to see that the hours on the hand-painted sign were Friday and Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, but decided to see if it was still open. We pulled up the dirt road/driveway to find several children playing. A woman came outside and said we could come to the back of the house, which we did and down into the dark cellar that housed the bakery. Our eyes had to adjust as they don’t use electricity and the small, ground level windows let in only a little light. Rows of breads, pies, cookies were before us. On the counter along side paper plates with fruit pies were fresh doughnuts and on another wall were shelves of preserves, jars of honey and canned vegetables. A gold mine. We talked to the girl who had waved us in and she told us it was her sister who we’d spoken with at the dry goods story. After we’d chosen our bread (onion-cheese) and cookies (a dozen peanut butter and a dozen sugar), we learned that she had made the pickled beets. Since that is something I want to try to make she kindly told me exactly what to do then cutely said “make sure to try them before you make them so you’ll know if the recipe is good”. For being sad that our vacation was coming to an end, this encounter on an unlikely country road made for a sweet end to another great Wisconsin Summer vacation. Here are a few photos I took.
Chocolate and plain doughnuts
5 of the 10 or so kinds of pies they offered
Onion Cheese bread – amazing toasted
Amish “carry out”
Carriage repair shop