Scenes from an Amish bakery: If you find yourself in the Berne, Indiana area, you might just want to check out Countrylane Bakery and Gifts. This is a tiny bakery by Amish standards.
"We baked about 15 pies the day before Thanksgiving," says owner Marie Graber, which was a busy day. Of course 15 would be laughably low for some of the bigger Amish bakeries. But Marie says the bakery is more of just a hobby for her and daughters. Marie grew up learning to cook and bake and Countrylane is a way for her to share her talents with others. The bakery consists of a couple of tables filled with the day's goodies and some shelves displaying gifts, homemade noodles, candies, and some other surprises.
To get there, enter 4224 S 450 W into your GPS and enjoy the lazy country roads with scenes of horse-drawn buggies, one-room Amish schools,and colorful laundry flapping on the lines.
The bakery is tiny,but all the goodies are produced on premises in a health department certified and inspected kitchen. She serves Amish classics like cinnamon rolls and monster cookies, but also some items that are more difficult to find: tubs of homemade Amish "peanut butter fluff" (church spread), homemade noodles, and candies. Plus there are some hand-made dolls for sale.
There are some peach fry pies she had for sale. Yes, I love fry pies, ESPECIALLY peach.
I like the attention to sanitation that Marie Graber adheres to. Notice the cases all of the items are stored under. And when I decided to get some cookies for the road, Marie put on a pair of plastic gloves and walked over to the case to box up the cookies. It's just nice to see the details like that being taken care of. Good Amish bakeries are fairly plentiful, but finding one that really does it right, pays attention to the details, etc, those are a bit more rare and this is one of them! Some other sweet scenes: