12 responses to Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice
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    Comment on The Ice is Nice (August 20th, 2014 at 05:58)

    The Ice is Nice

    I guess that can be a tidy little business for someone to operate.
    I wonder how many businesses operate as ice vendors in the county, and how many are operated by either the Amish themselves or by neighbors.

    It is interesting that they do in fact run on a paid honor system. Earlier this summer in my area I stopped at a convenience store with an ice box out front but it was locked up and the employee had to go and open it for the man who placed his order, maybe enough to fill a cooler, but certainly it was attended and used a certain “brand” of ice. =

    Its interesting the culture of trust with these folks.

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    City Slicker
    Comment on Mailing Problem? (August 20th, 2014 at 08:25)

    Mailing Problem?

    As always, an interesting article about Amish adaptation. In Lancaster I’ve seen them in convenience stores, etc. filling their picnic ice chests with store-bought ice.
    FYI: The past three AA articles, I’ve received no e-mail notification of their posting. Only by checking the blog did I find there were new articles. It’s not a big issue; I often “jumped” the e-mail notification anyhow; but if this is a general problem others may be waiting.

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      Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (August 20th, 2014 at 10:01)

      Thanks CS for the note, that’s good to know. Any chance they landed in spam or another folder?

      For whatever it’s worth I think they’ve been going out about an hour sooner the past few postings.

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        City Slicker
        Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (August 20th, 2014 at 10:32)


        I am shocked — SHOCKED, I say — that you could entertain a thought that AA could or would ever be relegated to a spam folder!

        Thanks; I was wondering what I’d do today. Now I have a hunt to conduct on my confuser!


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          Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (August 20th, 2014 at 10:37)

          CS sometimes email systems make grievous errors like that… 🙂 I think if you check just today’s spam or Monday’s you should see the last two emails (if they’re in there and it’s not an issue on the notification system end). Anyway, let me know if I can help.

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    Comment on Just curious (August 20th, 2014 at 09:11)

    Just curious

    It looks like the freezers are tapped in to electricity, owned by the village perhaps? Certainly that isn’t free, so who pays?

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Cool! (August 20th, 2014 at 10:54)


    I’ll ask my Ohio friend/pen pal (she lives in a suburb of Cleveland and often visits the Amish…has mentioned Geauga County many times) if she’s noticed this phenomenon. She’s planning a trip in a week or two.

    I had to jack up (or down?) my AC this morning, as the heat & humidity are headed upwards the next few days. Seeing those ice machine photos put me in a cooler mood! Thanks, Shipshewana, & Erik. 🙂

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (August 20th, 2014 at 14:01)

    You know.. its really funny.. Im in Geauga Co often but I’ve never noticed an abundance of ice boxes anywhere.. When Im out there this weekend, I’ll keep my eyes open for them. Maybe I just think they’re normal and not an oddity.. Not sure about it.. gonna have to look around harder I guess.. Maybe its a case of the frog being boiled alive in hot water because the water started out cold. 😉

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    Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (March 6th, 2015 at 20:14)

    This isn’t uncommon is it? To have these ice for sale boxes all over town? Sometimes they’re near shops or gas stations, sometimes in more vacant areas. Don’t all places have these? (Just curious! They’ve always been everywhere where I’ve always lived so maybe I don’t know!!)

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    Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (March 6th, 2015 at 20:25)

    Sara, Im with you.. I dont see this as unusual at all. Every gas station & store anywhere I’ve lived have them all over the place.

    I live 30 minutes from Geauga Co & I dont ever remember seeing a huge amount of ice boxes anywhere.. but again, Im used to seeing them as a matter of course so maybe they just dont look out of place to me.

    After reading this article the first time last fall, the next time went, I kept a look out for something unusual regarding ice boxes and didnt see anything unusual.. the block ice is a bit more unusual.. though I’ve seen them sold in South Texas too.. perhaps its a regional thing.

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      Comment on Geauga County Amish: The Ice is Nice (March 9th, 2015 at 12:27)

      You can certainly find ice vending coolers at gas stations and the like, but I generally don’t think you see ice machines in rural Amish areas to the degree suggested in these photos and comments. I think one reason it caught our eye is that this is the largest Amish settlement which uses ice for cooling. The person quoted above who said there were “hundreds” of the machines “all over the place” spent about 4 weeks in the Geauga settlement visiting many of the homes in the community.

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