Fair points, Alan. My own anecdotal sample isn't really even so bad. I've mostly had very good dealings with the Amish families I know personally.
Talking about the Amish reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend just a few days ago. (He's not Amish.) He started selling you-pick strawberries for the first time this year. He's also growing some carving pumpkins and some popcorn and maybe flowers to sell as cut flowers. He has a very small plot -- as best as I can remember from when I was there last winter only about 4-6 rows of strawberries maybe 200' long -- as a sideline to working full-time for Dow Chemical in their agricultural division, and he's definitely not growing organically, and he doesn't say anything to suggest he is, although, of course, he doesn't make a point of advertising that he's not. Anyways, he has a facebook page to advertise his farm, and he told me recently that one of his customers had posted on his facebook page how great the strawberries were and how great it is to know her children are eating fruit grown organically, without any chemicals, etc. I'd guess she just assumed they were organic because she doesn't really know anything about farming, and this is a friendly family with nice smiles and sweet children, etc., and she assumes farmers that use chemicals would look like evil villains. So my friend mentioned this to me in a conversation about the challenges of facebook advertising. Do you publicly correct a customer on your facebook page that's just saying nice things? He didn't, and I don't blame him. That's not his place, and I think it's probably fair just to let that comment slide without drawing further attention to it. But some people, by no fault of their own -- maybe just because they have nice smiles and sweet children -- draw more of these kind of false customer assumptions than others.
It's not the fault of the Amish that people so often make false assumptions about the Amish, as if people weren't people, or as if their products or services were somehow different because they don't drive cars and wear old-fashioned looking outfits. It does bother me when some Amish play to these kinds of foolish assumptions, and it seems pretty common. Is "Amish cheese" or "Amish jelly," etc. any different than any other cheese or jelly? Why label it as such, put the silhouette of the horse and buggy on the label, etc.?
An Amish acquaintance even expressed a similar sentiment to me about another Amish guy in the community that sells peaches. This acquaintance grows most of his fruit organically (but doesn't really sell any), and he noted how silly it was that the peach grower's customers assumed he was organic, when in fact, he said, this particular grower was over-the-top trigger-happy with the spray gun. I don't know of anything this particular peach grower does to foster false assumptions other than just wear the clothes he wears every day to the farmers market, and he shouldn't be faulted for that, but I think it does go to show that people are especially inclined to give the Amish special credit that's totally unwarranted. And a notable percentage of Amish people do play to it.