So far in Wooster, I shopped in town and then ate some big cow. For Day 2 – we had a lot more shopping to get done… In the top left – are some of my finds from Lehman’s Amish Store, bottom left – my visit to the Smuckers store, top right – some fantastic socks I found in downtown Wooster, bottom right – more Lehmans. I was so excited by all my finds!!
First – the socks – I found them at a little shop in Wooster – I laughed so hard when I saw them! I have a couple girlfriends that just got laid off from their jobs and knew they would appreciate the humor – which they did. They weren’t cheap – but they were well worth the $10 price tag for the laughs we had over them.
Our first stop was the Secrest Arboretum – we had plenty of fun Ryan Seacrest jokes during our visit. We all got a chuckle about driving through and seeing all the plants in bloom in DECEMBER. The holly was pretty much the only thing in bloom – but in the Spring & Summer – I’m sure it’s beautiful.
They gave us a golf cart tour of the place – IN DECEMBER. Luckily one of our tour guides had an army blanket in their truck. So there I was – huddled in it – looking like a homeless person or E.T. trying to phone home – but hey – I didn’t care – I wasn’t freezing like they were!!!
They have a huge slide at the Arboretum – nearly everybody went down it – finally I was like – aw hell – I might as well too. Needless to say – my trip was a little slower than everybody else – but it was still fun. I’m glad I did it for sure!
Next up was our trip to Lehman’s Amish Store in Kidron, OH. It was started to provide goods to the Amish but now it’s blown up and pretty much everybody in the area shops there. They have a little of everything – much of it geared toward living a “simpler life”.
They had so many fun things – a huge soda pop section with crazy flavors like Dog Drool and Kickapoo. There were lanterns and plates in every color. Delicious foods – like those chocolate & caramel covered popcorn & potato chips in the bottom right. If you’ve ever wanted to can – anything – this is the place to go – they even had a Green Bean Frencher! Who knew?! They even sell canned pork – which I nearly bought – but it was $10! They also have a huge selection of gifts, simple toys and so much more!
They gave me a few things – like Sugar Stick candy, cherry limeaid, a mini cast iron skillet and popping corn.
While I made some purchases of my own: wool dryer balls (to use instead of dryer sheets – THEY REALLY WORK!), an Amish basket for my mother-in-law, state cookie cutters for my mom, soda and probably some other fun stuff.
If you live in the area – Lehman’s is an obvious regular stop but if you’re in the area – it’s definitely worth a visit. The folks that run the place are great too – you can ask questions of anyone and they’re super helpful – unless you act like a tourist – then they put you in their jail (just kidding) – plus they have a cafe inside if you get hungry!
And apparently the folks in Wayne County have taught their dogs how to drive! He’s so cute!
Right across the street from Lehman’s is Quince Bakery & Cafe and we were starving!
They had a tasty menu and everybody was focused on lunch – but I couldn’t help but focus on their breakfast menu – and their bakery – I mean look at this:
A couple folks got the Wanda – Chipped Ham & Bologna with Colby Jack Cheese and Apple Cider Barbeque Sauce on Cuban Bread ($5.99). It looked so good and I was definitely drooling over it.
I saw the Masterpiece on the breakfast menu and had to try it – Egg*, Sausage, and Hash Browns topped with Cheese & Kiepple Gravy on a House Biscuit – all for $4.99!! I mean – it looked a hot mess but I couldn’t wait to dig in. My friends at Green Door were drooling over it!
I wasn’t really sure what Kiepple was – but from what they told me – it’s similar to goetta. Their hashbrown was so delicious too – it was completely homemade and fresh.
Many of their workers are Amish – they said that’s how they can maintain the quality they have had for years. Since they don’t drive – the store sends a van around to pick up and drop off the workers every day. They definitely accommodate their work force because of how great their work ethic is.
Our last stop was the wonderland known as Smuckers! The thing you may not know about Smuckers is they own a ton of brands!!! It’s a wonderland of products as you walk around the store and really fun.
Just a quick look around – Folgers, Dickinson’s, Hungry Jack, Pillsbury, Cafe Bustelo, Milk Bones and so much more. I had no idea – it’s a virtual food empire!!
They also have fun interactive things like this little holiday photo set up – then you can get your picture taken and put on a jar of Smucker’s Jelly to take home! Chad from Greenworks decided to be dorks pretty much all weekend – and posed for our photo. 🙂
Then I got tickled by the Pillsbury dough boy – yes he’s tickling me – someone thought I was trying to steal him??? Uh no – he’s bolted down and a little heavy.