There is a reason I am putting this post behind a paywall. There's something very special about an Amish bakery that I stumbled upon last week in Adams County, Indiana. But the reality is that if I post this in front of millions of people, she might well have more than she can handle. So I either share this with no people or a few people. So I thought sharing it with my Plus subscribers makes the most sense.
There are options in some Amish settlements for having a meal in an Amish home. Those are usually very well-run, organized affairs. And the food, as you’d expect, is superb. So it's not like this find is a one-of-a-kind, but it is a rare opportunity for an authentic Amish culinary experience and those are so few and far between.
What I found last week while visiting Berne, Indiana frankly is rare, I don’t want the woman to get overrun with requests and neither does she. "It's more of a hobby," she says. I will be talking about this bakery in the coming days on Amish365.com and that’ll reach a wide enough audience as is. But this small bakery offers something else that I’ve never seen at an Amish bakery: home-cooked meals.
Countrylane Bakery is located at 4224 South, 450 West, Berne, Indiana (that is about 3 – 4 miles northwest of Berne out in the rural hinterlands). The bakery is run by Marie Graber and her daughters.
Yes, there are the usual baked goods. But she’ll also, for a donation, make meals on request. She only has one table set up in her bakery and it is small so she recommends you do the meal as a ‘take out’ order. Fried chicken and meatloaf are her two most commonly requested meals. So here’s how I recommend doing this: if you are staying in Berne for the night or even just passing through and want an authentic Amish-made supper, stop by her bakery in the morning, place your order, and pick it up at suppertime to take back to your hotel to eat. A rare, rare treat.
Her bakery is fully licensed and insepectred and approved by the local health department which makes it all the more rare and appealing.