“Amish Country” on the label: Deception or fair game?
“I see this in the food industry. There’s quite a few organizations here locally that will sell using “Amish”. And what they’re trying to do is create the perception that it does come from Amish producers. When it doesn’t. They don’t explicitly say so, they just say “Amish Country this”, “Amish Country that,”…”Amish” is big, […]
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Amish media roundup
Three Amish media links: Yours truly commenting in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on our old friend, the Amish Miracle Heater. An unheard-of tragedy in the Amish community at Holmes County. And a quirky story I stumbled across, ‘The Amishmen of Times Square’, by writer Jude Stewart.
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Part Two: An Amish America Q-and-A with a Lancaster County Amishman
In this second part of an interview with an anonymous Lancaster County Amishman, we look at the phenomenon of outsiders joining the Amish, using the Amish name to market and sell products to the public, Amish participation in the recent presidential election, and the meaning and purpose of shunning. (And if you missed the first […]
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Marketing the Amish
photo: amishcigar.com ‘Amish’ sells. That fact is not lost on the numerous merchants of Amish-branded stuff. Software, refrigerators, and organic cotton bedsheets are among the products that non-Amish dealers have sold under the Amish moniker or by association with Amish images. Often, the connection to bona fide ‘Amishness’ (whatever that term means) is dubious at […]
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Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars
Okay, just a bit lazy today on the Amish blog and trying to get my act together to go run however many miles in the freezing Polish weather (snowed yesterday!), so I am going to do a little roll call of some of my favorite posts from the past year: Do the Amish use credit […]
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Selling the Amish, continued
Here’s an ad for Amish Naturals pasta. It hits all the main points–made by Amish hands, ingredients cultivated in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, water from Amish wells, and the noodle plant was even constructed by Amish workers. Plus it’s all-organic. As the Amish population continues its explosive growth, ‘wellness living’ increases in popularity, […]
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Amish for Sale
‘Amish’ sells. Whether it’s an overpriced bag of trail mix or a six-figure kitchen cabinet installation, people gravitate towards the implicit quality of anything with the Amish label. Exactly what does that label mean anyway? Does tobacco grown in the general vicinity of Amish country count as ‘Amish’? What about an RV produced at a […]
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