In the 1970s, Pennsylvania Mennonites put down roots near Versailles, and they continue to thrive in Missouri as entrepreneurs and farmers.

In the 1970s, Pennsylvania Mennonites put down roots near Versailles, and they continue to thrive in Missouri as entrepreneurs and farmers.

For more than 30 years, Lehman’s Restaurant has earned loyal fans with home-cooked food made to order or served from an extensive buffet.

Perhaps best known for baked goods, Lehman’s pies are favorites. From seasonal blackberry with or without sugar to a classic Millionaire or Coconut Cream, whole pies on hand sell for $9.75, but pie by-the-slice is available daily, too.

Lehman’s is not only a good place to eat, but also a good place to pick up a Mennonite Community Map. The 2017 map lists 56 businesses providing a wide variety of services from homeschooling resources and books to metal buildings or septic systems.

Most businesses deal in food or farm products. Barbie’s on Highway 52 and Hillside View near Highway E specialize in baked goods. Others, like Lehman’s, offer bakery items as well as bulk foods, homegrown produce, and deli sandwiches. One of the largest of these is Weaver’s Country Market.

At Weaver’s, customers can order a deli sandwich or purchase fresh locally-raised chickens, Missouri peaches and apples, cheeses, candy, locally-grown tomatoes, kitchen gadgets, jellies or jams, nut butters, spices, pasta, and frozen food.

Hoover’s Bulk Food Store, Dutch Bakery and Bulk Food Store, and Dutch Country Store are similar, each offering thick, meaty deli sandwiches and foods in bulk. Across the road from Weaver’s is KenMar Café, serving breakfast and lunch four days weekly (or by reservation) and dinner in the evening. Made when ordered, portions are substantial and wholesome.

Just as you’d expect in farming country, many of the 56 Mennonite businesses support gardening and farming. Nurseries, seed, and plants are another category of businesses served by the Mennonite community.

Morgan County Seed near Dutch Country Market is one of the largest, but Shirk’s Produce and Greenhouse, Countryside Plants, The Busy Bee Greenhouse, and Zimmerman’s Farm Market and Greenhouses are other providers. Great stops for spring planting!

There is a variety of Mennonite businesses to be found. Top Stitch is one of the few remaining exclusive Bernina Sales and Service outlets in the area. Just down the road from Top Stitch is Stamper’s Delight, which stocks supplies for stampers, card makers, and scrapbookers. This shop also hosts card-making craft classes.

The Rustic Homestead on Highway 52 near the heart of Versailles is another type of Mennonite business, specializing in home décor, handmade furniture, and outbuildings. Country Lane Custom Cabinets specializes in cabinetry, and Hopewell Construction designs and builds entire homes.

The Mennonite business community is a comprehensive, competitive network of resources in and around Versailles. A free Mennonite Community Map will show the way.