It’s wedding season! Here are our favorite creative ideas for gifts that go way beyond the big box stores or online registries. Some are gifts we love to give, and some are ones we got for our own weddings and are still using decades later. Continue reading →
Have really large area to heat? The Hearthstone Mansfield is our most popular big stove.
Hearthstone is the only stove company that uses a solid 1 ¼” thick soapstone panel for the walls and top (the actual body of the stove). This is important because soapstone has extraordinary heat retention and transfer properties…it works better than any other material used for woodstove construction. Continue reading →
Originally designed for trappers, hunters and fisherman, the Hudson Bay camping axe is a durable, dependable tool for all around around the cabin and campsite. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.
Generations of lumberjacks have relied on the iconic Snow & Nealley® axes (known for their superior craftsmanship). But when they closed their doors, these axes disappeared. Wanting to bring back this legacy, an Amish man and his sons bought the company. Continue reading →
There is a big sign in our office with a picture of my dad. It says, in part, “We believe in offering products made in the United States wherever possible. When we offer imported items, we choose the best quality we can find.”
This is not just something we say to sound good. We spend time every day, sometimes hours every day, hunting down USA-made products.
I will make this claim and stand by it with confidence: We have more USA product in our store by any measure (percentage of units, percentage of dollars sold, percentage of inventory value) than any other hardware store you will visit.
But, now I’m worried that the words “USA-MADE” might be disappearing! Here’s the problem: Whole segments of American industry have been decimated by Chinese competition. Continue reading →
High on a hill north of the center of Ohio’s Amish country sits a typical Amish home. White, clapboard siding, manicured yard, flower and vegetable gardens, and neatly organized outbuildings, black buggies parked all in a row. A brown mare munches in the lush pasture. Continue reading →
I bake a great deal. So when Lehman’s asked me to name 10 Essential Baker’s Items, I jumped at the chance. No matter what you hear about kitchen tools, there’s one thing that holds true: if you pay for quality, it will last ages. These are pieces that will last you for years. You’ll find yourself using many of them for everyday cooking chores, too. Continue reading →
Organic spelt dries in an Amish field, soon to be made into crispy, healthy spelt puffs for Lehman’s.
Many people know Lehman’s is located in “the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country,” home to hundreds of Amish and Mennonite families. But as those families grow, their small farms are in danger of being replaced by highly mechanized agriculture. In fact, in the 1980s about 90 percent of Amish families made a living from their farms.Today, less than 10 percent are full-time farmers.
They’re also running out of land, fast. Think about it: Amish families tend to be large, and traditionally a farmer would divide his farmland among a few of his sons when they started their own households. It’s not hard to see why more and more Amish are forced to work “off the farm” or move away with their families in search of their livelihood.
But a local organic Amish co-op sees change on the horizon – great change. Continue reading →
Blackstrap molasses just might be the new darling of the health-conscious, hipster foodie
Blackstrap molasses gives you more nutrients and flavor than its regular cousin. At Lehmans.com at our store in Kidron, Ohio.
crowd. But the fact is, it’s been around for ages, and generations have used it not only as a cooking ingredient, but also as a health tonic. We’re not claiming any medical miracles, but blackstrap molasses is higher in iron, potassium and calcium than the ordinary stuff. It’s considered the healthiest of the molasses since most of the sugar has been removed during the boiling process, while the nutrients and minerals remain. (While regular molasses is boiled twice, blackstrap molasses goes through three boilings.)
It also has a stronger, more robust flavor – ideal for that tired old baked bean recipe and other dishes that beg for a little “kick.” Taste the difference by using blackstrap molasses in place of regular in your favorite recipe! Or, try one of these: