One of the great things about living in this part of Ohio is the abundance of locally produced food. I live in an area that is not only largely agricultural but also the home of the largest Amish population in the US. Much of what is produced is made by a family and marketed either at their farm or at a roadside market. This includes not only food, but baskets, soap, furniture, and just about anything else that can be made by a small enterprise.
Some of these family businesses expand and begin hiring help and sell their goods at local stores. One of these is Mrs Miller’s, in the tiny town of Fredericksburg, near where I lived when I first moved to Ohio 18 years ago. That business began by making egg noodles, then went on to other pasta and jams and jellies.
We are of course used to fictive advertising. We don’t believe cookies are made by elves, or that Uncle Ben is a real person. Mrs Miller, though, is a real person, an Amish woman who runs her small business from Fredericksburg. And her hot pepper jelly is the best; the perfect blend of heat and sweet. Though it is called a jelly, in fact it is loaded with pieces of red and green hot pepper. It goes best with the freshly ground peanut butter we buy at a local natural food store, and no, it is not more expensive than Jif.
All in all, just one more reason to be thankful for where I live. I mean where else in the country can you have proximity to Eastern Christian churches (to the north) and Amish goods (to the south)?