11 responses to An Amish Ice Harvest in Upstate NY
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    steve crouse
    Comment on Ice (February 8th, 2018 at 14:16)

    Ice

    Ice cut by the Amish family farms here in the Patten area is used to cool the milk as it is produced.
    Only. Not for food refrigeration.
    And only on Sundays.
    All other days, the milk is cooled in the parlor with a water flood from the well, and then transported off site to be stored in a dairy owned conventional cooler.
    Sundays, the milk stays in the parlor and the ice cools it until Monday when it too is taken to the regular cooler.
    No refrigeration in these Amish homes as far as I know.

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    Comment on Hot Skillet (February 9th, 2018 at 08:17)

    Hot Skillet

    We in Northern Vermont in 1850 and later had a creamery powered by water, a sawmill, shoe factory, box factory, cedar oil still, blacksmith shop, horse hospital made of stone and several ice houses along the mill pond. The water came from a mile long pond with a stone dam.
    We were all mostly happy, oblivious of the outside world.
    A very nice era in America.
    Roger
    stone mason & carpenter

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    Randy
    Comment on Cold Work, Heartwarming Cooperation (February 11th, 2018 at 23:38)

    Cold Work, Heartwarming Cooperation

    Eric, thanks for this very pleasant, enlightening post – and the responses above are (as is so very often the case at this site) also interesting. The brothers are, it seems to me, likely harvesting more than just ice. I suspect that their cooperative efforts for the benefit of the extended families probably make their mother and father feel like the brothers are also reaping the love of family sown by those parents while raising the boys.
    Appreciatively,
    Randy

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      Comment on An Amish Ice Harvest in Upstate NY (February 12th, 2018 at 08:56)

      Nice point Randy – I think cooperative physical work has a way of bringing people together in important ways. At least that’s been my experience…I’m not from a manual labor background but when I’ve had those work opportunities, I tend to enjoy them (with *almost* no exception:)), and not just for the exercise. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Alana
    Comment on Insulation? (February 12th, 2018 at 22:30)

    Insulation?

    That is fascinating to see and learn about. What is the house house built from? What type of insulation might it have to keep the ice for up to 8 months?

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    Comment on Ice house construction (February 15th, 2018 at 10:57)

    Ice house construction

    The ice houses are built from sip panels. Structural Insulation Panels. They are a sandwich of plywood OSB 12″Styrofoam and another layer of ply osb. After they construct the box itself they finish as any other out building. Wood siding. Vinyl etc. An insulated exterior door is used just like in a house. Except it wouldn’t have windows.

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    Comment on An Amish Ice Harvest in Upstate NY (February 15th, 2018 at 17:21)

    WOULD IT BE PRUDENT FOR ICE HARVESTTERS TO WEAR AT THE VERY LEAST AN INFATABLE LIFE PRESERVER OVER THEIR COLD WEATHER COAT WHEN OUT ON ICE ? IT IS NOT CONVENIENT – BUT NEITHER IS DROWNING.
    WE HAVE A POND – AND I DO NOT MESS AROUND ON THE ICE

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    Comment on An Amish Ice Harvest in Upstate NY (February 15th, 2018 at 17:28)

    WOULD WEARING AN INFLATABLE LIFE RESERVER VEST OVER YOUR WINTER COAT BE PRUDENT – BUT I AGREE – NOT CONVIENT
    STILL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE HORSES SAFETY

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