Thursday, April 2, 2020

Amish Country Food

One thing that Amish Country, Ohio is never in short supply of is FOOD! From down-home Amish cooking to wineries and chocolatiers, you will find exactly what you are craving when you visit. This blog is going to introduce you to a few of our favorites, and it is by no means an extensive list. So do not be afraid to try another place that is not on this list. We know you will leave Amish Country satisfied!
Guggisberg Cheese

1. Guggisberg Cheese, Inc. This world famous and award-winning dairy is renowned for their premium Swiss and original Baby Swiss cheeses. If you don't find a favorite cheese here, then it doesn't exist! It's located at 5060 State Route 557 Millersburg, Ohio 44654.

2. Troyer's Country Market If you were looking for the perfect store to find all your Amish Country favorites, as far as the edible ones go, this is the place you must go! Troyer's proudly carries many of the places that we mention in this blog, along with their own delicious foods. Fresh butter, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more are found in abundance here. They are located at 5201 CR 77 Millersburg, OH 44654

Troyer's Country Market
3. Walnut Creek Cheese Another market filled to the brim with deliciousness! Walnut Creek makes their own cheeses, and has a fresh meat market. But what is probably their biggest draw is the HUGE ice cream cones they sell. So if you need an ice cream fix, stop by 2641 State Route 39 Walnut Creek, OH 44687. They also have a location in Berlin as well!

Roster's Fudge at The Original Holmes County Flea Market
4. And don't forget the food vendors at our very own The Original Holmes Country Flea Market!  Spend the day with us. Shop over 300 local vendors with unique items, sweets and treats, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Visit our 2,000 square foot antique wing for authentic antiques, collectibles, and vintage finds. After a fun filled day of shopping enjoy lunch at our full service cafe. Take a seat in our large dining room and enjoy a sweet treat. We're located at 4550 SR 39 Berlin, OH 44654.


Ready to plan your bus group trip to Amish Country, Ohio, but not sure where to start? We are now taking reservations for bus groups. We specialize in groups of any sizes and can help you book your trip. Ask about our discounted rates and coupons for our bus groups!

For more information and discount rates, call us at 330-893-0900.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Holmes County Flea Market 101


We are so proud of the way The Original Holmes County Flea Market has grown over the years! It's exciting to see new and wonderful vendors find their home with us. We also love it when our beloved return guests bring new friends with them to experience all that we have to offer!

But what if you are new to the Holmes County Flea Market? What should you expect? This little blog post is going to be your primer on how to have the most fun at the flea market!

First of all, you've got to be prepared. We open at 9 a.m., so if you are coming right away in the morning, you want to make sure you had a great breakfast! There are many delicious restaurants in Amish Country that you can be sure to find one that suits your tastes! Wear comfortable shoes. The flea market does have a large dining area where you can find a place to rest, but this is probably not the place where you want to wear your stylish stilettos!

Second, don't rush! We like to use a food analogy when talking about shopping (because we love both!). Some stores you go into are like a butcher or a baker, you find one specialized good there, so it's a pretty quick trip. Just in and out. The Holmes County Flea Market, however, is like the biggest buffet ever! We don't recommend you trying to take it all in in one trip! You'll be overwhelmed! 

We have so many awesome vendors (over 300!), that if you try to get to all of them in one day, you will definitely run out of time! To continue the food metaphor, take the time to savor all the flavors at the flea market. Browse each one of our vendors. You'll be amazed that the selection of goods you will find!

Ready to plan your bus group trip to Amish Country, Ohio, but not sure where to start? Visit The Original Holmes Country Flea Market and spend the day with us. Shop over 300 local vendors with unique items, sweets and treats, and one of a kind gifts. Visit our 2,000 square foot antique wing for authentic antiques, collectibles, and vintage finds. After a fun filled day of shopping enjoy lunch at our full service cafe. Take a seat in our large dining room and enjoy a sweet treat. We are now taking reservations for bus groups. We specialize in groups of any sizes and can help you book your trip. Ask about our discounted rates and coupons for our bus groups!

For more information and discount rates, call us at 330-893-0900.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Exciting Changes Are Coming to Holmes County Flea Market

Holmes County Flea Market is opening again for the 2020 season on March 5th, and we can hardly wait! We have so many wonderful new things to share with you. We are completely revamping and remodeling the flea market. We will have fabulous, unique new items in the antique mall. We are welcoming new vendors, and we have some fun events planned! So many great things are happening at Holmes County Flea Market, and we are counting down the days until we can welcome our customers back to show off the awesome changes and additions.

opening day
Exciting changes are coming soon to Holmes County Flea Market! 


Let’s talk about our first couple of events that are coming soon! To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we are having a Winning the Green $50 Flea Buck Shopping Spree on Saturday, March 14th! Participating is easy. Simply, visit Holmes County Flea Market and shop with any of our vendors.

For each purchase, you will earn tickets:

Purchases of $1 to $20 = 1 ticket
Purchases of $20 to $40 = 2 tickets
Purchases of $40 to $60 = 3 tickets
Purchases of $60 to $80 = 4 tickets

You will receive these tickets from our vendors. Fill them out completely with your information and submit them in the container at our information desk for your chance to win $50 in Flea Bucks.
In August, we are hosting our annual car show! Join us on Saturday, August 22nd. The first 100 cars will receive dash plaques. There will be giveaways, trophies, t-shirts, music, a 50/50 drawing, food, and fun. All proceeds will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration for this event will be from 10am to noon, and the cost per car is $15 to enter. Additional donations are also encouraged! The show will be from noon until 3pm. All are welcome to join us, and we hope to see you there! It is sure to be a fun-filled day.

For more information about these exciting changes and additions, stay tuned to our social media accounts. Follow us on Instagram at @hcfleamarket and like us on Facebook! See you soon, friends!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Holmes County Forge is Coming in Spring 2020

Holmes County Flea Market is thrilled to soon become the home to the Holmes County Forge! We will release more details this spring. Forge Visitors will be able to experience of watching an old-world craft firsthand. Twice a month, the Forge will offer knife-making and blademithing demonstrations.

Bladesmithing is an old art form that has been returning to popularity with the television show on the History Channel, Forged in Fire. This art is thousands of years old and found in cultures as diverse as China, Japan, India, Germany, Korea, the Middle East, Spain and the British Isles. If you have never seen anything like bladesmith, we encourage you to come visit Holmes County Forge to see these incredible, live demonstrations!

Holmes County Forge
Mark your calendars for spring of 2020 for the arrival of Holmes County Forge! 


Watching someone create a knife by hand is quite an entertaining event. Additionally, the likelihood of finding this kind of demonstration anywhere else in the area is not high. So, this one-of-a-kind craft is special, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Surely, you will notice that the detail that goes into each step is what makes it so unique and awe-inspiring. The bladesmith starts with raw steel and forms a rough shape with only fire, an anvil, and a hammer. From there, the blade profile is refined, and the blade bevels are brought to life on a belt grinder. The next step is the quench where the knife is hardened. Finishing varies according to application and can be a painstaking process.

From beginning to end, knife-making will be taking place right here at Holmes County Flea Market! As you plan your spring trip to Ohio’s beautiful rolling hills of Amish Country, do not forget to schedule a visit to Holmes County Flea Market to check out the new Holmes County Forge! As we have more information, we will be sure to share it with you on our Facebook page and Instagram profile, so make sure that you are following us closely on social media. We can’t wait to share the amazing craft of bladesmithing and Forge demonstrations with you.

Monday, November 18, 2019

More Things to do While in Amish Country

things to do in Ohio's Amish Country

Ohio’s Amish Country offers so many things to do and places to explore. You could visit for a week and still not cover all the attractions, historical sites, and restaurants. Of course, visiting Holmes County Flea Market is on the top of our list, but we’re sharing a few of our other favorite things to do in Amish Country, Ohio to help you make the most of your trip.

The Farm at Walnut Creek – a working Amish farm that is also home to hundreds of exotic animals, a wonderful produce stand and a gift shop. Great for all ages and groups. Located at 4147 Co Road 114 in Sugarcreek.

The German Culture Museum — The museum is home to an impressive collection of area memorabilia and displays of Amish, German and Swiss heritage. Focusing specifically on the history and settlement of Holmes County and Walnut Creek Township. Great for all ages, although mindfulness of the artifacts is required. Located at 4877 Olde Pump Street in Walnut Creek.

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area – a wonderful scenic wetland and wildlife preserve area that has places for fishing, and camping as well as walking and enjoying wildlife. Located at 1691 Centerville Road in Shreve.

Age of Steam Roundhouse — The Age of Steam Roundhouse, Sugarcreek, Ohio, United States, is a private roundhouse housing steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars and other railroad equipment. Located at 213 Smokey Land Road SW in Sugarcreek.

The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum — The Holmes County Open Air Art Museum is a fusion of nature and art set within a majestic landscape of lush forest and rolling hillsides. Spread throughout the grounds of The Inn at Honey Run, the region’s only Open Air Art Museum showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums and disciplines. Great for groups and all ages. Located at 6920 County Road 203 in Millersburg.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Little Known Facts about Amish Culture

Amish Country Ohio

1. Amish first came to Ohio in 1808. Today there are nearly 60,000 Amish living in Ohio.

2. Holmes County is the center of Ohio's Amish community. Holmes County and the neighboring 6 counties are home to over 30,000 individuals and 227 church districts.

3. The Holmes County area is the most diverse settlement of Amish Culture.

4. Most Amish followers speak what is referred to as Low German or Pennsylvania Dutch, which is traditional Amish language derived from Germon, Spanish, and Portuguese.

5. School normally ends at 8th grade. From there, children go directly into their life of work. Schoolrooms are traditionally one room and lead by a teacher who is unmarried young women.

6. Although their lives are faith based, Amish followers do not get baptized until at least the age of 16 but may be as late as 25. It is their own decision, and if they chose against baptism they are asked to leave The Church.

7. Those who leave the church are excommunicated and shunned from their family. Nearly 90% of teens decide to stay with the church, however.

8. Amish men stop shaving their beards after they get married, however, usually he will still have to shave his mustache.

9. Ladies have very limited wardrobe, normally no more than just 5 clothing sets.

10. Many dolls in an Amish home are faceless. This is to deter vanity and to show children that everyone is beautiful in the eyes of God.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Finding Treasure in Flea Markets

Amish Country Flea Market Ohio, Holmes County Flea Market

Flea Markets and Antique Shops can be a little overwhelming for people who don’t spend much time in them. There are so many things to look at in such little time! How do I find what I’m looking for? What if I don’t know what I’m looking for but don’t want to miss anything? A good flea market is home to a lot of unique items and we want to make sure you don’t miss a hidden gem. How do you find that hidden flea market treasure? Here’s 6 steps to finding your own flea market treasure.

  1. 1. Come well-rested. Flea Markets have a lot to look at, and tend to involve a lot of walking. Getting tired out and leaving early or not digging as well halfway through can mean you miss out on something cool.
  2. 2. Be there early. From beating the crowds to getting in before things get picked through and messy being early will pay off. It also gives you more time to look through all the goods.
  3. 3. Be open-minded. Just because a booth doesn’t look like it will have something you're looking for, doesn’t mean it won’t – it’s called hidden treasure for a reason.
  4. 4. Know your flea market. Familiarize yourself with the way the market works and how it’s laid out. If you plan on shopping there frequently, building a relationship with the vendors can also be beneficial.
  5. 5. Make at least two passes. Try to walk from both directions. You don’t realize how much you could miss in a single pass. You might see something hanging on the side of a vendor stall that you missed because you just perused past it.
Holmes County Flea Market carries such a range of merchandise and has friendly vendors who want to help you find exactly what you came in for. If you’re planning a visit soon, check out our vendor map to get a game plan for your flea market treasure hunt!

Amish Country Food

One thing that Amish Country, Ohio is never in short supply of is FOOD! From down-home Amish cooking to wineries and chocolatiers, you will ...