We just got back from Amish Indiana, and as usual, we discovered something new. This time it was Country Lane Bakery. We had stopped there once before with our Amish friends so they could pick up an order, but since there was no retail area, we hadn’t been back to check it out. But this time we stopped by to take a look, and it won’t be the last time.
Although there is no retail area, there is a display area behind the counter, and a price list (along with some merchandise on a rack and in a cooler) out in front. We chatted with the Amishman behind the counter, and asked to purchase some oatmeal whoopee pies. Knowing we were new customers, and wanting to win us over, he threw in a small loaf of white bread for free. When my husband asked about the cinnamon rolls, he threw in one of those as well—after he had frosted it, right on the spot. While he was away from the counter, I took the chance to take this photo:
As the menu shows, there are a great variety of things to try—breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, and more. My favorite local baked goods are the chocolate crinkle cookies and whoopee pies; my husband likes cinnamon rolls and almost any kind of pie. Our boy at home likes the monster cookies.
Country Lane Bakery a mile and a half south of Route 20 between Shipshewana and Middlebury, at 59162 County Road 43, in this unassuming building with a phone shanty out front. It is Amish-run, the food is made on-site, and they don’t advertise much. The location is out of the way, but we’re always looking for an excuse to drive out into the countryside. The food is fresh, and good, and reasonably priced. As is typical in Amish Indiana, they are closed on Sundays.
We shop regularly at the big bakeries in Shipshewana and Middlebury and will continue to do so. But it’s nice to patronize the smaller local establishments whenever we can, especially the Amish-owned ones. And sometimes, with enough patronage, some of the “little guys” have become bigger players. (An example is Rise and Roll Bakery and Deli.) Why should a few wealthy “English” families make all the money, when it’s the Amish culture that brings the tourists here in the first place?