Furniture store also offers tasty homemade Amish treats

Candi Hawkins, owner of Black Carriage Furniture, stocks the shelves of homemade Amish food treats now available.

Black Carriage Furniture has added a new line of handmade Amish craftsmanship in the form of peanut butter spread, noodles and elderberry jam.

“It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a furniture store,” said Jami McLennan, office manager at the store, who admitted having a fondness for the Amish goods which are sold in their “Country Store.”

In particular, she likes the bread and butter pickles. She admitted to eating a whole jar one afternoon because they tasted so good.

Many Grand Valley residents are becoming regular food customers at the store. Some may have been familiar with Amish foods after living in the Midwest while others are just discovering how wonderful peanut butter, mixed with marshmallow fluff, can be on a warm biscuit.

“There’s just something different about it that makes it so good,” said owner Candi Hawkins.

The Amish are of the mindset that everything they do should be of high quality, Hawkins explained.

The food, like most of the furniture in the store, is imported from the Amish country in Indiana. The area is known for its homemade, high quality and preservative free country cuisine.

The store carries dried noodles, jellies and jams, pickles, salsa, and chow-chow, a popular relish used as a side to meat.

“We have a lot of people just coming to get the chow-chow,” McLennan said.

Hawkins has added seasonal items as well, including jellybeans for spring and barbecue sauce for the summer grilling season.

“It’s all just good,” Hawkins said, “They really do a good job and they put love in every jar.”


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