Shopping at Walnut Creek Cheese—Where It’s Not Just Food but Fun!
We’ve been asked what motivates 10,000 to 20,000 people to shop in our store every week. After all, the town of Walnut Creek has only 600 people. Our customers give us the best answers:
· “I've never been in a store like this before. I love it!”
· “It's not just the excellent food but the atmosphere at Walnut Creek Cheese.”
· “I can afford to stay overnight in Amish Country once a month with the savings
I get by shopping in your store.”
· “This is more fun than Disneyland!”
Indeed, we designed a store where value and fun are not mutually exclusive.
We’ve done this by creating a shopping experience that showcases the most delicious foods of Amish Country. Obviously, our name says cheese, but that’s only the beginning. Our Deli is chock full of local cheese and deli meats. The freshness comes not only from our huge volume but also from the fact that we never slice your product until you order it. All this at savings per pound that justifies driving right past the Supers and Big Box stores to get our award-winning cheese and meats.
Folks bring coolers to haul home pork chops, hamburger, steaks and chicken from our Meat Shop. In the back room we blend spices from our special recipes and smoke our sausages. Our own Uncle Mike’s Beef Jerky has lots of fans because of its tenderness and savory flavor. We offer you tremendous value by not taking shortcuts on the quality of our ingredients.
Local Amish and Mennonite farmers raise fruits and vegetables that we sell in Produce. This provides revenue for them and, in return, they support us by shopping in our store. This system works for both of us but, most importantly, it gives you the freshness and value you want in your fruits and vegetables—and we’re “plum proud” of our produce!
We feature Ohio Amish Country’s largest selection of bulk foods. Shopping bulk foods is the best way to save money because none of your food dollars go to support national-brand advertising or excessive packaging. We bag these items on the premises, and you can always request the size bag you want. Our large selection of bulk spices will help you make your meals with that perfect taste and seasoning.
Our Test Kitchen is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Here we whip up main dishes and desserts for you to sample. But, best of all, we share these easy recipes with you. It’s a great place for getting that food idea that will make your next meal special. Our Test Kitchen is also where we get your feedback for the new products we’re developing. We value your opinions, and they have made our products better.
One of the departments where your opinions have made a difference is our Bakery. When we founded our Bakery a few years ago, we realized that we needed to go beyond pouring pre-made fruit fillings into pie crusts or warming up frozen pies that had been made in a huge factory. We knew we had to make them from scratch. And why not? That’s the way it’s done in homes in Amish Country. But even these local recipes are different from one another. It was fun getting input as to which recipes taste best. Obviously you’ve made the right choices because our Bakery sales have exceeded all expectations. The Bakery is filled with melt-in-your-mouth dinner rolls, homemade breads, cookies and bursting-with-fruit pies. The most popular items are those small but delectable fry pies. We sell thousands of them every week. Our bakery items are made fresh daily, so showing up at the end of the day can be a gamble you may not want to take!
Right next to the bakery is our sampling room at The Cannery where we make our own jams, jellies, mustards and barbecue sauces. We also bake six varieties of granolas and cook our own corn mush. You can watch us make these foods through our viewing window, then our Cannery products are available in front of the kitchen. You can sample many of these Cannery foods; this experience alone is worth the trip to Walnut Creek Cheese.
Butter Churn Kitchenwares has thousands of practical and and decorative items for your kitchen and dining room. Our manager, Miriam Beachy, has years of experience in decorating and loves to find the perfect items that will make your home more attractive. But Miriam also appreciates the practical side of things, so she enjoys sharing with you those items that make your life in the kitchen easier. Just one example: We have the area’s largest selection of Amish and Mennonite cookbooks. Yes, our store has everything for the kitchen—“ from smoked bacon to the ice cream scoop” … “from eggs to the popcorn bowl.”
While Walnut Creek Cheese has been designed to give you the best values, we also want to help you unwind and enjoy your visit. That's why we've put our Mudd Valley Creamery right in the middle of our store. This is a place to relax and enjoy a sandwich or salad and, of course, ice cream. Our Mudd Valley Custard is so smooth and delicious that, after your first lick, you’ll already be starting to “plot” when you can come back for more! A short ride up our elevator to the second floor will take you back in time 100 years. Up there we have seating for 200. You are surrounded by museum-quality antiques set up as an old-time general store with storefronts from a bygone village street. It's a real memory maker!
Finally, we guarantee the quality of everything we sell. We also guarantee its value. If you’re not 100% happy with our products, we’ll give you a full refund. We want you to be happy—so, yes, we guarantee that you’ll enjoy your time with us! Remember, at Walnut Creek Cheese the main course is food—but with a second helping of fun.