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We have an Amish community in NE Oklahoma, around the town of Chouteau. And in that town, they have a place called the Amish Cheese Shop. But they don't sell just cheese there, they sell all kinds of Amish-made foods.

I don't get up to that part of the state very often, but today was a day trip for an early Christmas gathering with relatives. And it is impossible to pass through there without a stop at the Amish Cheese Shop.

Picked up 1/4 pounds of several different lunchmeats and cheeses. I absolutely love their Farmer's Cheese. I also got some Braunschweiger, which I can't find anywhere else. And finally, I got a package of Scrapple. I've heard of this but never had a chance to try it. I'm saving that until around Christmas.

A good trip, as always... but visiting that area always makes me a little depressed. Many years ago I was in a relationship, and we used to talk about trying to buy land in Amish country. We figured it would be quieter, and much less likely to be developed in the future. But that never happened. And so, even today trips through that part of the state always leave me feeling a bit sad and melancholic.

On the bright side, my lunch menu for the coming week is settled.
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A good trip, as always... but visiting that area always makes me a little depressed. Many years ago I was in a relationship, and we used to talk about trying to buy land in Amish country. We figured it would be quieter, and much less likely to be developed in the future. But that never happened. And so, even today trips through that part of the state always leave me feeling a bit sad and melancholic.
I've found that real estate is more expensive in Amish country, because they have lots of cash and drive up the real estate prices!

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I've found that real estate is more expensive in Amish country, because they have lots of cash and drive up the real estate prices!
I can believe it... Honestly though, I would have been happy with just 1 acre.
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YUMM Scrapple! we love it, my moms recipe is gone with her but my wife's is close and even the store bought isn't bad. We have a Amish guy here that has a chainsaw repair shop that I stop at a lot he charges $15. per hr! He also sells maple syrup and other stuff including live chickens and cows.
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For lunch today, I had the braunschweiger on jalapeno cheese bread, also purchased from the Amish shop yesterday. Delicious...
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I'm mostly a one meal a day person and a thick-sliced braunschweiger on crusty bread with lettuce, tomato and lots of mayo would do me all day. Especially if topped off with a little slice of chocolate cake. Mmmm-- time to hit the Sausage Store. Now see what you've done?
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Several of us from Tulsa have to make a trip to Vinita OK once a month to pick up meds from the IHS, we never come back without a haul. Hubby makes a list of what he wants. My favs are Raisin pie, hot pickled okra and the summer sausage. If you don't have time for a meal, you at least have to get a scoop of the homemade ice cream for the road. They also have handmade gifts, I have a beautiful rug that people always compliment, one of a kind, purchased there for less than $50.
Yes! They ship! https://amishcheesehouse.com/
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How is that town name pronounced? Ka-toe? Cho-too? Chow-too??
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How is that town name pronounced? Ka-toe? Cho-too? Chow-too??
Pronounced like "show-toe"

There are a lot of French place names in that part of the state, from back when French explorers and traders were in the area.
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Today's lunch was garlic bologna and green onion cheese on more of the jalapeno cheese bread.

I felt obligated to brush my teeth immediately after finishing.
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I live in Pittsburgh which is almost in the middle of the 2 biggest Amish communities in the USA. Lancaster PA is about 3 hours east and Holmes Ohio is about 2.5 hours west. It is interesting visiting the 2 towns as they are different from each other. Lancaster is all about Amish made quilts, crafts, local produce, Amish made restaurants and baked goods. Holmes Ohio has very little of that stuff, but they have other stuff that Lancaster PA has little of. Things like Butcher shops, cheese shops, and Amish made furniture which is real high quality.

To make things even better, there are pockets of Amish communities all around Pittsburgh in between these basically Amish enclaves. I do like frequenting these Amish communities as they do have high Quality items there at reasonable prices.
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I don't trust PA amish,
have seen them repackage store bought cheese and put their own labels on it,
seen them peel of origin labels off of fruit and sold it as locally grown
PA especially Lancaster amish are all about the tourist, nothing more,
Lancaster area has multiple warehouses that receive inbound shipments mostly imports and distribute/sell as amish made, including furniture.
even other amish communities dislike Lancaster amish for the way they market themselves to tourist
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I don't trust PA amish,
have seen them repackage store bought cheese and put their own labels on it,
seen them peel of origin labels off of fruit and sold it as locally grown
PA especially Lancaster amish are all about the tourist, nothing more,
Lancaster area has multiple warehouses that receive inbound shipments mostly imports and distribute/sell as amish made, including furniture.
even other amish communities dislike Lancaster amish for the way they market themselves to tourist
That is defiantly going on without question and it could be a problem for the unsuspecting. The trick is going there enough to know who the "real" Amish are and who the "fake" Amish are. Once you get a good feeling on that, it is easy to spot one from the other. That is why I said you don't see as much Amish Furniture in Lancaster, the ones who are selling it are not selling real Amish Furniture, but repackaged knock offs. Not sure why, but Lancaster Amish do not sell much furniture/cheese/meat.
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Obviously, I can't speak to the Amish community in PA. But the one I referred to above seems legit.

Several years ago we bought a new dining set: dining table, bench, and 4 Windsor-type chairs. Not from the Amish, just a furniture store in OKC.

The table and bench are alright, but the chairs turned out to be crap. It wasn't too long before the stretchers kept falling out. I tried gluing them back in myself, but that solution worked for only a short time.

We finally went to an Amish furniture shop there in NE Oklahoma and ordered 4 new dining chairs, similar in design to what we already had. It took time to get them because they don't make the stuff until you place the order and you must also pay half up-front. But after a couple of months, we finally took delivery of the new chairs. That was maybe 3 years ago, and they're all still rock-solid, joints have not come loose at all.

I'm tempted to order some other furniture from them, but of course, it's not cheap. On the other hand, you usually get what you pay for. That kind of furniture is more like an investment.
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. That was maybe 3 years ago, and they're all still rock-solid, joints have not come loose at all.

I'm tempted to order some other furniture from them, but of course, it's not cheap. On the other hand, you usually get what you pay for. That kind of furniture is more like an investment.
Im. sure they are nice chairs, but I have $1 thrift store chairs I've left outside all this time (around fire pit) that I can say that about.
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Im. sure they are nice chairs, but I have $1 thrift store chairs I've left outside all this time (around fire pit) that I can say that about.
I have plastic green chairs on my back patio too...

I am talking about solid oak, proper dining room chairs here.
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I have plastic green chairs on my back patio too...

I am talking about solid oak, proper dining room chairs here.
Metal too.


Do they sit better?
(I get that they are "pretty")

Ok:
I have wood shaker style chairs left over from a school that my dad dug out of a dumpster 20+ years ago that I use at MY dining room table (granted its a plastic folding table, but it's good for food prep.)

I'm not dissing your chairs, I'm sure that they are lovely.

I'm just saying that a couple hours (at most) a day for 3 years of use isn't much of a recommendation of durability.
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I didn't realize this was a competition... I was just relating some of my own personal experiences.

You win... move along now, and go troll someone else.
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Metal too.


Do they sit better?
(I get that they are "pretty")

Ok:
I have wood shaker style chairs left over from a school that my dad dug out of a dumpster 20+ years ago that I use at MY dining room table (granted its a plastic folding table, but it's good for food prep.)

I'm not dissing your chairs, I'm sure that they are lovely.

I'm just saying that a couple hours (at most) a day for 3 years of use isn't much of a recommendation of durability.
I get what you are saying. Some of us have wives that demand something that looks nice. While 3 years of use may not be a long track record of durability, there are some items in life without knowing much about how that item is made that you just know the quality in construction by looking. Amish furniture is one of those items. They look and feel nothing like you get from Ashley's furniture.
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I'm not sure how long the Amish Cheese House has been there, but it's been a LONG time. I've never heard a single complaint about the people or their products.
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