By Kevin Williams
My experiences in the Plain pockets east of Cincinnati stretch back over 30 years. Some of my memories there are great, some not so much. One of the more recent events there has been the arrival of The Home Place which I could call The Happy Place. The store has been built from the sweat and toil of the Beachy Amish-Mennonite Schlabach family. If you run into owner Delbert on the store floor tell him I said hello.
I'll post more photos and material from The Home Place tomorrow, but one of the things I love about the story is that they have fun. Whereas many Amish businesses you get the idea that it's just a business (there are some notable exceptions). Delbert seems to genuinely have fun running the Home Place, whether it's finding an avenue to sell homemade granola, offering fresh doughnuts on Fridays, and one of their more recent roll-outs, Delbert firing up the smoker on Fridays and Saturdays to sell ribs with meat that literally falls off the bone, smoked all morning over applewood which lends a deep flavor, so much so that many people at the meat just plain, no barbecue sauce necessary. Enjoy this video of Delbert explaining the cooking process for the ribs.