I've written before about this favorite Amish-owned store. Fountain acres foods has grown from a small bulk food operation to a sprawling 7000 square foot bakery, bulk food store, deli, and cheese emporium. This store is very accessible, an easy 10 minute trip off of I-70 in rural Wayne County, Indiana. The Wayne County Amish community is distinctive because almost all the church members came from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. So you have different styles of Caps worn by the women than what you find in Amish settlements just up the road near Berne, Indiana. Several times a year FAF holds a cheese sale with amazing prices on cheese.I had never been to one of these legendary cheese sales before, but yesterday I had the opportunity to go. Rachel and I came away with a horn of mild cheddar cheese, way too much for just the two of us, so we split the horn and the cost with my mother-in-law. So the cheese is an especially good deal if you can do it that way. Here is a photo of some of the beautiful horns of cheese for sale: And you can see the busy check-out line.
Almost all the cheese is available to sample. We sampled smoked Cheddar, Hvarti dill, butter cheese, 5-year aged Cheddar, and jalapeno cheddar. Good stuff! You could eat your way through the sale!:)
I caught up with Stevie Miller who owns the store with his wife Marianne. I congratulated him on his newly expanded store and brisk business, to which he humbly replied.
"All the glory goes to God."
Stevie credits a Higher Power to his store's success. In addition to divine inspiration, Stevie brings a blend of hard work and humor to the job. I asked him if he thinks his store will ever expand again.
"Nope, we're done. We won't get any bigger."
The newly expanded store includes a large outdoor furniture display, a new bakery, a made-to-order sandwich station, and a huge selection of canned goods. The photo below is just one section of shelves full of canned goods. All new space hasn't necessarily meant more breathing room.
"I thought we'd have more room to move but that hasn't happened, instead people now bring their friends with them, so we're just as crowded as before,"Stevie laughed.