{Silent Sunday: Vernon Yoder’s Dairy Farm – Ohio}

You may be wondering where Vernon Yoder is in these photos… and here’s the deal: because Vernon is Amish, he didn’t want any pictures of his face or his family.  You’ll see some hands throughout, but he said that was ok.

The Yoder family, which runs a farm in Ohio where they produce raw milk, was incredibly warm and welcoming and they brought us into their home to try some tasty treats.  We each got a glass of their milk. It was incredibly creamy (though not thick) and the flavor was more subtle (not as sweet as the milk I normally get from the store).

With this milk, the Yoders also make mozzarella, which you can see being demonstrated in some of the above pictures.  The tour ended with slices of hot, fresh out of the oven bread.  It really doesn’t get much better than that.

Disclaimer: This Silent Sunday is a part of a series of posts that I will be doing on some spots around Ohio. I was recently invited to take part in an all-expense paid tour of the area.  The views on my blog are my own and in no way was I monetarily compensated for writing this entry (or required to post, for that matter).

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  • foodwanderingsMarch 18, 2012 - 9:19 am

    Aww the calf looks so sweet. Reminds me of going visiting on a kibbutz in Israel. Now I miss home. I hope your weekend is great Bri.ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenMarch 18, 2012 - 9:29 am

    what a beautiful place Brian! Your photos are stunning! I can’t wait to see the rest.ReplyCancel

  • BunkycooksMarch 18, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Love these pictures. They remind me of the times I spent visiting family in Amish country while growing up in Pennsylvania. My family still lives in that area, so it is wonderful to go back and see that this way of life still exists.ReplyCancel

  • Toni @ Boulder LocavoreMarch 18, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Love this Brian. A perfect way to start a Sunday. Nothing better than visiting farms in my book. I also love this project. I’m sure you are uncovering some wonderful venues and vistas in Ohio for locals and those outside the region to enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • @SmithBitesProfMarch 18, 2012 - 11:54 am

    A perfect representation of the day. My favorite photo is the glass of milk, but they are all wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Ken┃hungry rabbitMarch 18, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Thanks for sharing your trip to Ohio. Look forward to other beautiful offerings of that state.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESMarch 18, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    if i ever have a farm, i’d want it to be like this one . . . beautiful Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Gary / kitchenbounty.comMarch 18, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Ball + Milk. How clever and Freudian. Was it planned????ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMarch 18, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Mnnn. . . I loves me some farm, expecially when it’s hecka Amish.

    ¡viva la hacienda!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryMarch 18, 2012 - 6:44 pm

    My ex-husband was from Indiana and my favorite part of visiting there were our day trips to Amish country. I think the area he was from was home to more Mennonites than Amish and their laws were not quite so strict but either way I came to respect these people so much. Hard working, there for their neighbors, unassuming. Thanks for the memories Brian; its been a very long time and I enjoyed this day trip.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMarch 18, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    I couldn’t wait for this fabulous post. The photos are wonderful! The boxer looks like my next door neighbor’s dog;)The milk and fresh mozzarella look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupMarch 18, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    You have captured it so well. But then O knew you would. Gorgeous work. GREGReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMarch 18, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Adore your silent Sundays and this is no exception. How did you make a dairy farm look so romantic. I can almost taste that glass of milk and the creamy cheese spread on a piece of warm bread. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynMarch 19, 2012 - 7:27 am

    How fun that you are doing this trip, Brian. Your first stop looks beautiful and the bread and fresh cheese and milk sound wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • TidyMomMarch 19, 2012 - 7:31 am

    I love your silent sunday posts Brian! What a fun trip to the dairy farm! Thanks for taking us along!ReplyCancel

  • GailMarch 19, 2012 - 8:00 am

    LOVE the order of these pictures….they really tell the story.
    Especially the laundry hanging on the clothesline.

    Wonderful, as usual, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMarch 19, 2012 - 9:25 am

    Lovely shots, and of course, I’m a sucker for baby animals. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kiri W.March 19, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Wonderful pictures! I often get Yoder’s sour cream and cheese, and had no idea about the farm behind it all :) Thank you for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMarch 19, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    I can’t believe I missed this on Sunday. Lovely captures and incredible story about the family doing this wonderful work.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.March 19, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    You rock at these posts!ReplyCancel

  • shelleeMarch 20, 2012 - 6:58 am

    Awe.SomeReplyCancel

  • JoanneMarch 20, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Those cutie pie cow eyes! I would have been tempted to take her home with me. And that is why I shall really never eat beef again.ReplyCancel

  • Russell at Chasing DeliciousMarch 20, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    I love that shot with the dog and the clothes line shot. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • meg jones wallMarch 20, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    these photos are so wonderful! love those sweet calf eyes :)ReplyCancel

  • PeggyMarch 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Great shots! This looks like such a serene place to visit =)ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisMarch 20, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    what a perfect series of images! You did an outstanding job Brian, I love the two B&W images, they are gorgeous!
    I think Ohio really hit the Motherlode hiring you take the pictures of their state, If your images don’t improve tourism, nothing will!
    Cheers
    DennisReplyCancel

  • Camille GerbyshakMarch 21, 2012 - 12:19 am

    Beautiful pictures and wonderful post. Because of you giving away Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook, I got to be introduced to your website. Looking forward to exploring it more, what I have seen so far I really like!ReplyCancel

  • MarcyMarch 21, 2012 - 11:02 am

    I grew up in Ohio not far from Amish country, love the pics. Thanks for the reminiscing.ReplyCancel

  • SarahMarch 21, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    These photos are so amazing and they instantly take my mind to a simple, less complicated time. Thanks for sharing them and giving me a moment of Zen!!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaMarch 22, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Oh my goodness, I love this! I have a special place in my heart for farm life and dairy farms, in particular. My parents used to live on one back when they were together, and I used to visit them there when I’d come back from my travels in my twenties. This is such a beautiful post, and the images are stunning. You have a real gift for capturing the very essence of the places you visit, and it’s such a treat. My favourites are the cow shot and the glass of milk–so gorgeous! xoReplyCancel

  • Diane DeckerMarch 22, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    I grew up on a dairy farm in Nebraska during the fifties. The photos on this post brought tears to my eyes that are now running down my face. Thanks for giving me back a piece of my past that is long gone.ReplyCancel

  • KatieMarch 22, 2012 - 9:56 pm

    I love this post! I am a customer of Vernon’s! We love his milk! Great photography of his farm! Our home is in Mt. Orab, its a pick up for many families!ReplyCancel

  • MatsMarch 23, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Very nice photos, good work! Hope you’ll have a nice weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicMarch 23, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Love that last picture of the clothesline. It tells a story. Thanks for sharing as always Brian. Happy Weekend!ReplyCancel

  • FlaviaMarch 23, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    What a beautiful post, Brian. Your pictures are always so serene and beautiful. I can’t wait to read more of your trip. xoReplyCancel

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