By Kevin Williams
My brother and sister-in-law and their family recently stopped by Yoder's Country Market in Bulls Gap, Tennessee.
It's interesting because she first texted me and told me that they were visiting Yoder's Amish store and wanted to know if I wanted anything from there (sheesh, that's a tough call. The answer would always be "of course", but I'm already a few fried pies over my weight limit for the year, so I demurred). So I politely declined. But then I got to thinking....there aren't any Amish near Bulls Gap, TN, are there? If anyone knows for sure, please let me know. I think there could be some plain Mennonites in the area.
Anyway, the market appears to be really nice, clean, well-stocked, and full of yummy stuff. Is it "Amish?" Likely not. The store looks fully electric, etc., But, interestingly, the store doesn't claim to be Amish. I think Yoder is just a name so synonymous with the Amish that people jump on that conclusion and the place does sell a ton of Amish-style goods so calling it an "Amish store" isn't totally inaccurate. The store is owned by a Yoder.
What is the point of all this rambling? None, really. It seems like a neat store and if you're in the area and haven't visited an actual Amish-owned bulk food store this seems like a pretty good compromise. It's just sort of an interesting exercise of how linked the name Yoder is to Amish. If the guy's last name were Clark or Williams, the name might not work. Okay, so here are some tasty scenes from Yoder's. Sheesh, look at that huge doughnut my niece, Reese, is holding.