I've written before about Fountain Acre Foods just north of Richmond, Indiana. This store is truly one of my favorites. The Wayne County, Indiana Amish settlement is relatively new and pretty conservative, so it provides an interesting cultural contrast to other more established communities. The growing Amish settlement just off I-70 is quite different than what you'll find just 50 miles up the road near Berne, Indiana. The Berne community is a very old one with Swiss roots, language and customs. The Amish in Wayne County have very little contact with the ones in Berne. Most of the Wayne County Amish moved to the area from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania within the past decade. Several home-based businesses dot the community, while Fountain Acre Foods is a free-standing combination market and bakery on US 27 about 10 miles north of I-70. The market is run by Stevie and Mary Ann with amazing efficiency. Stevie is a superb salesman and marketer. If you visit Fountain Acres sign up for their mailing list and you'll be treated to twice yearly letters from Stevie and Mary Ann handwritten in a homey, cozy voice. Their twice year cheese sale was yesterday and today and for some reason the postal service didn't get the newsletter to me until today. Arrrghh! Did any of our readers attend? Meanwhile it sounds like Fountain Acres has really ramped up their bakery section. One section of the letter reads:
"The bakery is now having fresh cinnamon rolls, breads and maybe even pies on the shelf by 9 a.m. We have improved some of the recipes over the winter and added a few new items such as caramel iced cinnamon rolls, chocolate crinkle cookies, lime and blueberry angel food cake and also a 3-flavored angel food cake."
Okay, YUM, I'm in!:) I need to head back there and sample some of that stuff for everyone.
The newsletter also lists various days that the store will be closed this spring. Another example of how this settlement differs from the one just up US 27 is which holy days are observed. Fountain Acres was closed on Easter Monday and will also close to observe Ascension Day on May 17 and Pentecost Monday on May 28. These days are not generally observed in the Berne settlement.
As always, the letters come with their "Have a Smiley Day!" greeting. Any other Fountain Acre Foods fans out there?