Middlebury: Small Town Delights

The neighborhood butcher, the Main Street hardware store, and the welcoming shop owner capture everyone’s idea of a small town.

Bread, rolls. cookies, and over 30 varieties of pie are available fresh-from-the-oven at Das Dutchman Essenhaus.        © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bread, rolls. cookies, and over 30 varieties of pie are available fresh-from-the-oven at Das Dutchman Essenhaus. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Middlebury is one of the most popular stops among RV enthusiasts. The massive Jayco manufacturing complex is located there, as are other RV-related production companies.

Pick up 5-star smoked ribs (voted #1Readers Choice) every Thursday at Old Hoosier Meats and shop “the Amish way” at Gohn Brothers, a dry-goods emporium and Main Street mainstay.

Middlebury is also the location of Das Dutchmen Essenhaus, one of the more popular tourist stop in the area. The Essenhaus is an inn and conference center, and home to a renowned restaurant and bakery.

Das Dutchman Essenhaus

Since 1971, Das Dutchman Essenhaus has been a pleasant surprise in Amish Country. Leisurely stroll across the colorful campus; discover Indiana’s largest family restaurant which offers both family-style and buffet and menu dining options. The food is prepared using Amish recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, and it’s hard not to leave without loading up on Amish pies.

Many other items are also available, such as home-baked breads, cookies, preserves, and homemade noodles. Browse the gift shops filled with unique items and home accessories. Enjoy live entertainment at Heritage Hall.

Address: P.O. Box 1217, 240 US 20, Middlebury, IN  46540

Phone: (800) 455-9471

Website: essenhaus.com

For over 30 years quality cheeses have been manufactured at Guggisberg Deutsch Käse Haus. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

For over 30 years quality cheeses have been manufactured at Guggisberg Deutsch Käse Haus. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rise’ n Roll Bakery & Deli

The bakery was established in 2001 by a young Amish couple. They began by baking high quality baked goods from their kitchen and selling them from their front porch. The word soon got out their fresh preservative free products, and it was no time before they had a small log cabin they were selling out of.

In 2004, a larger bakery was built on the original homestead. The popularity of their fresh baked products had outgrown the cabin and larger facility. The growth included a deal with Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream to develop a new flavor utilizing the Chocolate Cashew Crunch produced by Rise’ n Roll. The flavor is referred to as Chocolate Cashew Bark.

In early 2009, the young Amish couple sold their business to a non Amish family and moved it to a new facility. The original founders of the bakery are still active in the day to day operations.

Products include Cinnamon Carmel and Crème-filled donuts, Cashew Crunch, Cinnamon Rolls, Pecan and Whoopie pies, Monster and Chocolate Crinkle cookies, breads, smoked sausage rolls, and bulk foods.

Address: 1065 N 1150 W Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4032

Website: risenroll.com

Guggisberg Deutsch Käse Haus

Over 4o varieties of cheese are manufactured at Guggisberg Deutsch Käse Haus. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Over 4o varieties of cheese are manufactured at Guggisberg Deutsch Käse Haus. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Deutsch Käse Haus (Translation: German Cheese House) was started by a local Amish gentleman by the name of Ralph Bontrager in 1979. In its early days, the company made both longhorn style and barreled cheeses.

It was in 1986 that Deutsch Käse Haus began focusing exclusively on longhorn, stirred curd cheeses, and they have been masters of the craft ever since.

Evidence of this is backed most strongly with Deutsch Käse Haus’s award at the 2000 World Cheese Maker’s competition for the world’s Greatest Colby.

In January of 2009, Guggisberg acquired Deutsch Käse Haus. Deutsch Kase Haus is one of the country’s premier manufacturers of Colby, Baby Swiss, Marble, Yogurt, and other stirred-curd cheeses.

View the cheese-making process, sample the many cheeses offered in the store, and shop for your favorite local Amish goods.

Location: Country Road 250 North, about 3.5 miles east of Middlebury

Address: 11275 W 250 N, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-9511

Website: babyswiss.com/dkh

Please Note: This is Part 5 of a 7-Part series on Amish Country

Worth Pondering…

There can be no assumption that today’s majority is ‘right’ and the Amish and others like them are ‘wrong.’ A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no rights or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different.

—Warren E. Burger

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