WILLARD -- Move over, funeral potatoes, and make way for scrapple.
Or how about adding some Lebanon bologna, butter cheese or fig jam to that dinner plate?
All are specialities found at the Amish general store, a quaint Fruit Way shop importing the culture of the "Plain People" into a state better known for its beehives, pioneers and Dutch oven cooking.
You can sit a spell in a hand-crafted Amish hickory rocker at Willard's Apple Creek Bulk Food Co., or try on an authentic Amish straw hat and finger the colorful, hand-stitched Amish quilts.
Or maybe you'd rather nibble your way through samples of meats and cheeses shipped in from Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
The one thing you won't find in this Amish general store are the Amish -- at least not most of the time.
"A lot of our workers get asked if we're Amish and, of course, we're not," says store manager Tammy Burningham.
But the Amish friends of store owner Greg Arlint have visited and worked in the shop a couple of times since its opening in October 2012 among the string of produce stands dotting U.S. Highway 89.
Inspired by an Amish store in his Montana hometown, Arlint and his Utah-raised wife decided to try their own luck at fusing East and West with Apple Creek Bulk Food Co.
After the couple visited and researched such shops in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Rachelle Arlint says she and Greg realized, "There's nothing like that in Utah; we should give that a try."
There is nothing, indeed, like a shop with a real-life Amish buggy parked out front and loaves of scrapple stacked in the refrigerated meat case.
What is scrapple? A Pennsylvania Dutch food made from boiled-down pork scraps mixed with flour and cornmeal, then formed into a congealed loaf. You slice it, fry it, then maybe pour on a little maple syrup.
Most people say "Ewww," Greg Arlint says, but, "There are some people very thrilled that we have scrapple."
However, the bulk of the Apple Creek Bulk Food Co. is just that -- bulk foods.
"When people think bulk food, they think Costco and huge amounts," Greg Arlint says.
But his store, like other Amish shops of its kind, specializes in purchasing 40- to 60-pound bags of items like oatmeal, dehydrated fruit or brownie mix and re-packaging them into smaller containers. The customer can purchase whatever quantity he or she wants, and gets the cheaper bulk food price, whether buying a half-pound or 20 pounds of quinoa.
Gluten-free flours and grains are popular, Greg Arlint says, along with colorful miniature marshmallows similar to those found in Lucky Charms cereal.
"We've had older people come in and say, 'I put them in my granola,'" Burningham says.
Apple Creek Bulk Food Co. features a sandwich counter and ice cream counter in its 9,000 square feet, plus a large variety of old-fashioned candies, from sanded clove drops to coconut bon bons.
"Here's gummy penguins ... gummy cows," Greg Arlint says, pulling one plastic container after another off a shelf. "People love it."
Pennsylvania-made birch beer -- a carbonated beverage similar to root beer -- is another favorite, Burningham says.
Customers will say, "Oh, birch beer, I haven't had birch beer in forever," she says.
A huge assortment of bottled goods includes everything from elderberry jelly to pickled eggs.
"They've got some peaches there that are just like my mother used to make way back when," says Chris Forsgren, of Brigham City.
Forsgren says he first came to the store out of curiosity -- "You know, the Amish store, what you going to do? You've got to stop and see what it is" -- but he and his wife Michelle now enjoy stopping in to pick up ham, chocolates and Traffic Jam, which is a blend of several fruits.
Traffic Jam is great on toast, Michelle Forsgren says, "Or I like to put it on waffles."
The grocery business is in Greg Arlint's blood; both his father and grandfather ran small-town stores. Greg was managing his dad's store in St. Ignatius, Mont., before he opened Apple Creek last year.
The Arlints have friends and neighbors in St. Ignatius who are Amish, and one of them runs Mission General Store there. He took the couple to Ohio and Pennsylvania to acquaint them with how Amish stores work.
"Back East, they're real common," Greg Arlint says, adding, "We went back with him and we were hooked."
Greg and Rachelle -- who met in college at Utah State University -- decided to open their store outside of Montana, out of respect for their friend, and were drawn to the Fruit Way area.
"I kind of like the destination location," says Rachelle, who was raised in Santaquin. "It's a little more of a country atmosphere."
Greg says he enjoys a smaller, laid-back store -- where prices are still marked by hand -- in contrast to today's mega supermarkets where "it's hurry, hurry, get what you need, get what you need, stand in line, wait, wait."
Amish in Zion
Utah is one of the few states in the nation with no Amish communities, but Greg and Rachelle Arlint, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, agree that bringing a touch of Amish country to the land of Zion has been a success.
With their pioneer heritage, many Utahns can relate to such Amish traditions as home cooking and canning, Rachelle says.
And Greg says he finds a mutual respect between the Amish and the Mormons: "We admire their lifestyle," he says of his Amish friends, "and their dedication to the gospel by how they live, day to day."
In the future, the store owner says, he'd like to bring in some Amish-made wood burning stoves to add to the shop's collection of wind chimes, leather belts and cookbooks.
And those food oddities like head cheese and pickled turkey gizzards will continue to fill the shelves.
Of the latter, Greg Arlint admits, "I can eat everything in this store and tell you it's good, but those -- I will not lie -- those are awful. ... a real strong, nasty flavor."