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Aug 17, 2014 03:22 PM

Amish Market in Germantown -- tips, favorites, strategy for going?

So, my colleagues at work have recommended or introduced me to the Amish Market (I know there are a few in the area) -- but the one in Germantown. I tried to search here and found some acknowledgement that the fried chicken there is awesome. I cannot believe I have been in this area for 4-5 years and have not heard of and of course have not been to this Amish market!!

My question -- has anyone here been, and if so, could you share recommendations on when to go and logistical tips, if possible? I am probably not going to visit until September, since I am working on clearing out my refrigerators and freezers so I can literally buy as much food there as possible and eat some, freeze some, refrigerate some, store some. So excited!!! :)

Thank you in advance!!

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  1. Don't go Saturday, bakery sold out long before noon (and it's mobbed).

    Go Thu or Fri if you can and start on one side, circle around to see what you like best. Take lots of cash, they generally don't take cards.

    Butcher shop fabulous, so is the place that sells their own cheeses, candy shop also good.

    There's also a furniture maker on the site, from whom we ordered a dining table and chairs ... very reasonably priced for custom solid-wood furniture of true heirloom quality.

    1. Haven't actually been to the one in Germantown, but have been to the other two in the area, which are pretty similar so am going to extrapolate from those:

      Produce is nothing special, so don't focus on that. Instead, stock up on poultry -- great variety, quality and prices. If there's a chicken pot pie (and that's something you like), get it. Other finds: freshly ground almond butter, spiced pears and peaches in large jars, dried herbs, assorted grains and flours. Give yourself time to look around.

      1. Think all-things-pork. Chops, roasts, sausages, etc.

        1. I agree with everyone above -- the butcher has great beef and pork. If you like things like scrapple, bacon, sausage, chipped beef -- this is the place to get it.

          The produce isn't important -- it's like buying from a supermarket -- who in Amish country grows oranges and bananas?

          The dairy counter has some good finds -- cottage cheese, cream cheese, buttermilk and some well priced sharp cheddar.

          Don't bother with the little diner style place to eat a meal -- the food is mediocre. Your friends are right about the cooked ribs and chicken -- very good.