It’s a bit embarrassing that A Taste of Amish has been operating in our little town for 5 years, at two different locations, and yesterday was my first visit. It’s embarrassing because I hail from Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish country, and I absolutely love Lebanon bologna. And, A Taste of Amish sells it. So here I’ve been, a generally happy transplant to the South for 20+ years, and the one thing I miss like crazy is for sale, right here in my hometown.
Suffice it to say, now that my ignorance of this has been cured, I shall never do without my beloved treat again!
Formerly located on First Street, and now occupying much larger space in the Dunbarton Farms shopping center (where Cohutta Feed and Cohutta Cove mini golf are located), A Taste of Amish offers a plethora of treats for your taste buds, as well as home décor, cookbooks, and miscellany.
Owners Bill & Peggy Rush believe in, and are proud of, the quality of the products they sell. Heavily featured are Troyer and Amish Wedding brands, out of Holmes County, Ohio, which are known for their commitment to quality. Robert mans the deli and will happily provide you with a sample of whatever you wish to try. The best seller in cheese is the Green Onion Cheese, and I have to say, it was quite tasty. I selected a sharp cheddar, on Robert’s recommendation, to accompany my Lebanon bologna as it (the bologna) requires a stronger cheese. (Robert is a man who is passionate about his product and his knowledge base is quite simply amazing.)
High seller in the deli meats is the off the bone ham, but the healthiest is the gluten, soy, and nitrate free roasted chicken. One thing it is not free of is taste: a portion of that deliciousness came home with me too!
Brought in from Colorado are hand-cut, grass fed, preservative, hormone and antibiotic free beef cuts that, I was assured, once you’ve eaten you would never go back to regular butcher department offerings.
As someone who enjoys nearly anything pickled, I was impressed with the selection of items in this category to choose from: okra, asparagus, green beans, and, of course, pickles. Delicious salsas and sauces, too numerous to mention individually, will require many additional trips.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, the center island has a vast array of old-timey candy, each with a container of samples for you to try before buying, and some more….”interesting” selections as well (salt & vinegar crickets, anyone?
A stunning display case houses spices and rubs, and there is even a section on natural wellness products and soaps.
Bread is baked onsite (it looked sinfully good) and their popular cinnamon pull-aparts sell very well. It took every bit of self-restraint I had to not buy those; I knew once I did I’d become addicted.
Finally, they have a wide assortment of jams and jellies, including their best selling FROG jam (Fig, Red Raspberry, Orange and Ginger), noodles and varieties of chips I haven’t seen since leaving PA. (I hear the okra chips are a customer favorite.)
Winter hours are 10-5, Spring 9-5 and Summer 9-6.
They offer catering, and serve lunch daily. Just pick up a paper bag, circle your sandwich preferences on the menu stapled to the front, and let Robert whip it up for you. Delivery is available in the downtown area!!!
If you’re not in Blue Ridge, you may still enjoy their fine products via their website: http://www.tasteofamish.com/ or give them a call at 706-632-8989.
As for me? I happily enjoyed both the Sweet Lebanon and regular Lebanon I brought home, as well as the roasted chicken and sharp cheddar, and I know I’ll be returning often!