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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fresh Produce and Pies at the Amish Market

Amish in Florida?  Go figure.  But it has proven to be a fascinating learning experience since we moved here to sunny Sarasota.   There is a small pocket of town called Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite Community,  largely populated during the winter months when they come down from up North with the rest of Sarasota's seasonal visitors.   They are well-known for their restaurants and produce markets. 

This is where we go to do a lot of our fruit and vegetable shopping.  Or when we want to eat Dutch family-style.  My kids think they are in some sort of theme park whenever we go so everyone benefits. 

Oh, and did I mention the FANTASTIC pies? Peanut Butter Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Mom's Egg Custard, Southern Pecan, Dutch Apple Crumb, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb to name a few.   People reserve pies for the holidays and the pie window pickup- line travels out into the parking lot.  I kid you not.   I remember driving by the restaurant one day and wondering what all the people were waiting for?  Was a politician or celebrity visiting Yoder's restaurant?  No - they were waiting to pick up PIES!   See the Food Network video link below . . .

See the Man vs. Food Video here . . .


  1. You're killing me. We just don't have a good farmer's market in my area. It's so tragic. Those photos are delicious!

  2. Hi Kristin -Thanks so much for the comment! Are you in Tampa? There's a great farmer's market on E. Hillsborough Ave. - check


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