You may have seen the news yesterday that the Dutch Mill Bakery in Yoder closed suddenly after 32 years in business. (Anyone besides me find it too strange that the store closed during the Kansas State Fair, the very time that many people would stop in on their way into Hutchinson?)
I’ve covered the Kansas State Fair for 14 consecutive years (!!!!!) and one of the parts of that assignment I always looked forward to was that Yoder Road exit off of K-96. I almost always saw a family clopping along in a horse-drawn carriage. And I would almost always stop either at Carriage Crossing for lunch, at Yoder Meats to buy a flatiron steak, or at Dutch Mill to bring back a plate of cinnamon rolls for my co-workers. That made me very popular.
Several of my colleagues were distraught yesterday to learn of the closing of the bakery, which they count as a Kansas fixture. (I couldn’t drum up much despair on my live dining chat, however.)
How about you? Does the Dutch Mill’s demise make you depressed? Where will you get you cinnamon roll fix now?