Chocolate lovers crave quality, and that is the cornerstone of Coblentz Chocolate Company. Ever since Jason and Mary Coblentz started making handcrafted chocolates in their kitchen in 1987, the emphasis has been on creating great-tasting, high-quality chocolates. That begins with using fresh, local cream and butter and always mixing in a high-percent cocoa butter. You can see the attention to detail that goes into every chocolate and caramel made when you visit the viewing gallery inside the retail store.
Long before you hear it or see it, you can SMELL it…the intoxicating smell of fresh kettle corn and Popcorn John has forgotten more about making kettle corn than most people will ever know. This is kettle corn made over an open fire using premium ingredients to create that perfect blend of sweet and salty. It is a treat for your tastebuds, and also an experience you won’t soon forget. In just 3 minutes, John transforms oil, popcorn kernels, sugar, and just the right amount of heat into an explosion of popcorn that is bagged and sold fresh out of the kettle.
A one-of-a-kind destination in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery has something to offer everyone. This destination stop started out as a roadside bakery in 1986. Since then, this family-owned bakery and store have expanded to include a full on-site bakery and grocery store as well as The Farm Store, the Petting Area, and the Food Trailer.
The bakery features fresh baked goods made daily including:
and much more. Make sure to try one of the more than 14 flavors of their famous Fry Pies.
You will also find a huge selection of other great products to eat including cheeses, jerky, Amish noodles, seasonings, handmade candy, trail mixes, and canned goods. Seasonal produce is another highlight of your visit here as you will find mounds of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the Ohio growing season…and make sure to visit at least once during Fall when you will find the area’s largest selection of hardy mums, pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, and other decorations. Lastly, don’t miss the special events held annually like customer appreciation days, Big King’s Birthday, Bunny Day, Pig Day, or the children’s Christmas day.
Stay just off the beaten path, while still being in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country at Amish Country Cabins. These cozy log cabins 0ffer a peaceful and secluded place to rest and relax that is still close to the most popular destinations in and around Holmes County.
The Cedar Ridge, Green Ridge, and Rocky Ridge Cabins each comfortably accommodate 6 guests and the Harvest Ridge Cabin is designed for 4 guests. All of the Ridge Cabins include amenities designed to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.
Get up close and personal with over 100 farm animals at the largest and most unique farm animal petting area in Holmes County. The Petting Area at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery is a MUST-visit destination, especially if you are visiting with kids. Your $5 admission gets you access to both the indoor and outdoor petting areas where you will find just about every type of farm animal you can imagine from Draft horses to miniature ponies and alpacas to sheep, there are literally hundreds of animals to pet, feed, and interact with.
The petting area is open Monday-Saturday starting at 10:00 AM from March through December each year with special events throughout the year including Pig Day, Bunny Day, Big King’s Birthday, Draft Horse Day, Donkey Day, and more.
When you visit, make sure to take a stroll through the outdoor areas where you will find even more animals…and don’t miss the Parakeet Aviary that holds roughly 700 brightly colored budgies that will eat right out of your hands. In fact, most of the farm animals will appreciate a snack, and animal feed and carrots are available for purchase.
Draft horse rides, pony rides, and buggy rides are offered daily as well. This petting area is truly a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss.
The Farm Store at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery is full of unique locally made products.
Some of the highlights of your visit here will include the leather goods made right in the store.
The store also features the area’s largest selection of handmade wooden toys with everything from small toys to barns and stables.
If you are looking for outdoor furniture for a deck, porch, or patio, The Farm Store is the place to shop. You will find a large selection of chairs, rockers, gliders, tables, and much more – all made locally using long-lasting Poly materials. Hershberger’s also has a great selection of fire pits including custom fire rings and fire pits.
Lastly, you will find an ever-changing selection of antiques including copper kettles, tools, signage, kitchen utensils, furniture and so much more.
It is hard to imagine that so much great food can come from such a small kitchen but seeing, or in this case, tasting is believing. The Food Trailer at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery offers a full breakfast and lunch menu 6 days a week from May to November.
For breakfast, you will find a large variety of breakfast sandwiches, including some signature items like the John’s Special (Popcorn John’s favorite). The lunch menu is filled with classic hot sandwiches including trail bologna and cheese, grilled cheese, chicken, and a variety of burgers. If you are hungry, try the Hershberger – a monster of a sandwich that includes a 1/3 pound beef patty, a 1/4 sausage patty, cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms, and a pile of fixings. Add a side of handmade onion rings and you have a mountain of a meal at a very reasonable price. Quench your thirst with freshly squeezed lemonade, fresh fruit smoothies, or a milkshake made from ice cream churned onsite.
There is a large pavilion with lots of seating where you can relax and eat and takeout is available too.