Treat to Try: Baked Goods at City Folk’s Farm Shop
City Folk’s Farm Shop is more than just farming (or gardening) supplies. Wander through its aisles, and you might find jars of local syrup or honey. There’s also a fridge that holds duck eggs and cheese, and yogurt from a dairy with grass-fed cows…and a deep freeze that’s stocked with meat products that include venison. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can score fresh-baked goods from Johnsville Bakery in Mount Gilead, OH.
Near the cash register, customers will find a table covered with a random selection of pies, cookies and breads. Amidst all the homespun integrity of the options, the choice seems clear: Whoopie Pie Cookies and Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies (ringers for Oatmeal Creme Pies). There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of traditional junk food, made with artisanal care.
If you’re a veteran of the convenience sweets scene, you know not to read the label on original junk food versions. Ingredients like “Propylene Glycol Monostearate” don’t sound appetizing or even edible. That’s not a problem on the Johnsville Bakery versions. The labels disclose normal ingredients that home cooks might use, including (on the Oatmeal Pies) Butter AND Lard. Bonus points for the lard.
In both cookie cases, the ultimate product is worth several repeat eats. The Whoopie Pies are framed by a tender, cakey chocolate cookie; the Oatmeal Cookie sandwich is braced by soft oatmeal cookies with a just-crisped exterior that testifies to their freshness. The oaty texture also sets them apart from big-box foods. Best of all is the filling inside the cookie sandwiches: it’s less marshmallow-springy and more of a sweet icing. It’s part of the difference that makes a difference.
While the other edibles are available daily, the baked goods arrive at City Folk’s every Friday, and sell out over the weekend. You can find them at 4760 N. High St.
For more information, visit cityfolksfarmshop.com.