Amish Mennonite Farm Country


Bakery at Yoder's Deitsch Haus  (April 26, 2014)

Near Montezuma in Macon County is a community of Beachy Amish Mennonites. The roots of these Mennonites go back to the Old Order Amish of Somerset County, Pennsylvania and they share many of the same beliefs. They wear plain clothes and the women wear head coverings. Unlike the Amish, they have church buildings, drive automobiles and use electricity. But they do not watch television or participate in other forms of modern entertainment.

If you would like to take a drive through this farm country, go west from I-75, exit 127 on Ga. Highway 26. After a little over 11 miles, a small Mennonite country store called Yoder's Country Market will be on the right side of the road. This little store has items such as old-fashioned candy, spices, and Amish tonics as well as basic staples.

Continue west for another couple of miles to Yoder's Deitsch Haus & Bakery. This is a good place to eat lunch or dinner and it has been open since 1984.


Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls with brown sugar or white icing at Yoder's Bakery  (May 15, 2015)

There is a gift shop in a separate building to the left of the restaurant. It stocks a variety of items including chow-chow, Amish Mennonite cookbooks, and pepper jelly. It carries an assortment of home-style jams that are made with real sugar instead of the high-fructose corn syrup that is used in most supermarket brands.

Dutch apple jam

Home-style jam in Yoder's gift shop  (May 15, 2015)

Skinner's Vaporizing Salve

Skinner's Vaporizing Salve is sold in Yoder's gift shop  (May 15, 2015)

Go west 0.1 mile from Yoder's Deitsch Haus and turn right (north) onto White House Inn Road for 1.8 miles. Turn left at the stop sign onto Mennonite Church Road. The White House Farm, the Mennonite Bed and Breakfast Inn that was at this intersection, is no longer open. It does remain an active dairy farm.

Just before the stop sign, turn left onto the dirt road (not the main road). This is also Mennonite Church Road. Follow this road (south) until it ends at a stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign onto Mennonite School Road. This will take you past the old country school that the Mennonite children used to attend. The school is a plain building with six windows in front and a gravel driveway. When you come to the next stop sign past the school, you have completed a loop.

You have two options at this intersection: (1) You can continue straight ahead on Mennonite School Road. This road will take you back to Ga. Highway 26 and then to I-75. (2) You can turn right back onto White House Inn Road and head south. Cross over Highway 26 onto the dirt road. Follow it to the stop sign and turn left onto Fields Crossing Road. Follow this road until it comes to an end. Just a short distance to the left is Highway 26. Turn right here to go to I-75.


Amish jelly

Jelly in Yoder's gift shop  (September 11, 2014)

Also just about a mile north of Montezuma on Highway 49 is WILLIAM BROWN'S FARM MARKET. It is a roadside market that is open in the summertime with vegetables and fruits that are picked daily.

Inside the farm stand

While Farmer Brown's is known for peaches including Elbertas, you can also buy vine-ripened tomatoes, okra, green beans, squash, and other summertime favorites. Homemade peach ice cream and flowers are also sold.

This market is only open during their peach harvesting season, which is typically from about mid-June to mid-August. The daily hours are from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm except on Sunday from 1:00- 6:00 pm.

Summertime farm produce

Some of the fresh produce at Farmer Brown's  (July 03, 2015)

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This page last updated on September 30, 2017