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 this time we stopped by to take a look, and now we’ve got a new local favorite.
Country Lane has a very small retail area, but there’s a lot to see and buy nonetheless. We chatted with the Amishman behind the counter, and asked to purchase some oatmeal whoopee pies. 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. (Talk about fresh!) While he was away from the counter, I took this photo:
As the menu shows, there are a great variety of things to try—breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, and more. My favorites are the chocolate walnut brownies and the whoopee pies; my husband likes the cinnamon rolls, the honey oatmeal bread, and the butter pecan pie. Another favorite is the molasses cookies.
Country Lane Bakery is 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 and the food is made on-site. The location is a mile or two out of the way, but we’re always looking for an excuse to drive out into the countryside anyway! 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. Why should a few “English” families make all the money, when it’s the Amish culture that brings the tourists here in the first place?