2012-12-25 / Front Page

New Dutch Country Store Opens In Northern Owen

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


The new Dutch Country Store, located on Hudson Hill Road in Montgomery Township, features a wide variety of grocery items. (Staff Photo) The new Dutch Country Store, located on Hudson Hill Road in Montgomery Township, features a wide variety of grocery items. (Staff Photo) Nestled along rural Hudson Hill Road, the Amish owned and operated Dutch Country Store recently opened in northern Owen County and features shelves and coolers stocked full of a wide variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and other grocery items.

Owned and operated by Cephas and Dora Mae Hershberger, the store officially opened on Saturday, December 8.

“We have bulk food and other general grocery items so (people) don’t have to run to town if they need something. We have another freezer we’ll have full of items in time when we get a little more of a customer base,” Cephas explained. “We’re going to have 50-pound bags of flour and sugar, potatoes and things like that and then bigger quantities of lard for anyone who does a lot of baking.”


A wide variety of items, from jams, jellies, fruits, vegetables, candies and bread to dog food, bulk seasonings and herbal medicines are readily available at the Dutch Country Store in rural Montgomery Township. (Staff Photo) A wide variety of items, from jams, jellies, fruits, vegetables, candies and bread to dog food, bulk seasonings and herbal medicines are readily available at the Dutch Country Store in rural Montgomery Township. (Staff Photo) The task of ordering items for the store mainly rests with Dora Mae, who says she tries to make sure she always has the basics typically found in a home.

“For instance, all people need eggs, milk and bread, but a lot of people also need flour, baking powder, soda and salt, so we also try to get all of the basics for baking, and spices too,” she explained. “There are people who don’t do a lot of cooking and there are a lot of things in here that are a mix, so you add a little something and they have it ready.”

The store also carries a large selection of herbal medicines and natural remedies.

“We have multivitamins and minerals for supporting health, and some remedies for ailments,” Dora Mae said. “We also have natural cleaners, shampoos and dish soaps that aren’t as harmful, it just depends on what people want to use. We had a lot of health problems ourselves, so that’s how we got started with them. I had to doctor naturally because it seemed like every time I used medication, it just got worse.”

Relocating from Iowa, the couple say they were seeking a new venture that would allow Cephas to stay near his family’s home, instead of taking to the road for work.

“We wanted to open a store,” he explained. “We have a pretty good row of daughters here that need work and thought it was something we could get into to give them work and keep me at home.”

The family arrived in Owen County this past April and Cephas began building the store shortly thereafter.

“Once the building was close to finished, I started looking through the catalogs. I spent probably all of three weeks looking through and determining what to order... I basically went through each page,” Dora Mae said. “We’ll probably add more as time goes on and people request things. My next step is to get seeds in by spring, so I’ll soon be trying to decide which seeds to carry. We’ll also put up a greenhouse and have plants available outside.”

Caring for three greenhouses while residing in Iowa, the family sold plenty of produce, vegetable plants and flowers at area markets.

“We were kind of looking for an area where we could find enough population to do something like this,” Dora Mae added. “So we thought, maybe this is where God wants us.”

The couple operate the store with the help of their six children: 21-year-old Lillian, a school teacher; Anna Mary, 18; Esther, 15; Naomi, 13; nine-year-old Richard; and seven-yearold Rosaline.

“It seems like everyone who comes in is interested and excited about it,” Dora Mae added. “I guess if they don’t like something, they ought to tell us.”

The Dutch Country Store is located at 7145 Hudson Hill Road, a short drive off of U.S. 231 near Carp. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 829-2207.

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