Homemade soap. It’s something that’s always been on my radar, but nothing I ever thought I’d try myself. My grandmother and at least two great-grandmothers made their own soap (one of their handwritten recipes is now a family heirloom) using three simple ingredients: rainwater, lard and lye. Continue reading
It’s peach season! These easy, moist cupcakes let you enjoy the taste of your favorite cobbler dessert on the go, or serve them warm with vanilla ice cream and fresh sliced peaches on the side. Yum, summer! Continue reading
August 5 – Fermented Favorites Class– $15 • 2PM-3:30PM Local organic gardener and simple living expert, Karen Geiser, will discuss how to select produce and equipment, how the fermenting process works, and the health benefits of these “good for the gut” foods. Register here.
August 10-19 – Lehman’s Really Big Summer Sale Visit the store August 10th through the 19th for incredible discounts. Don’t miss out on this enormous sale!
August 11-12 – Amish Buggy Rides – $5 for Adults $3 for Kids Take a ride in an authentic Amish Buggy. Meet Roman and his horse Judy, as they take you around the grounds!
August 12 – Basic Water Bath Canning: Applesauce Start to Finish– $10 • 2PM – 3:30PM Join veteran canner Amy Murray on a homemade applesauce journey! Amy will start with raw apples and demonstrate step by step how to prepare, cook, process them. Plus learn to choose the correct jars and lids and finally how to can the applesauce in a water bath canner. There’s nothing like home-canned applesauce – come learn just how easy it is!
August 15 – The Art of Cold Framing – $10 • 2PM-3:00PM Come learn from local organic gardener and simple living expert, Karen Geiser, as she teaches how to get the greatest nutritional value out of the food you grow under a cold frame all winter long. Learn to grow salad greens into the winter months, even here in Ohio.
Is Your Canner Safe? Free Canner Testing August 16 – Canner Lid Testing, Mt Hope August 17 – Canner Lid Testing, Lehman’s A representative from Ohio State University’s Extension Office will be at Lehman’s and Mount Hope Hardware to test your dial gauge canner. You only need to bring the lid for testing, not the whole canner.
August 26 – Delicious DIY, Pie Baking 101 Class – $15 • 2PM Learn to create blue-ribbon-worthy, Grandma-would-be-proud homemade pies! From the perfect crust to the delicious end result, you’ll learn about the best pans to use, how to make beautiful crusts and tops, and you’ll go home with several recipes.
August 26 – Country Living Workshop $60 DAY PASS $15 FOR KIDS • $20 ONE CLASS ONLY Come all day or for just one class. Learn from trusted and knowledgeable homesteaders on topics ranging from beekeeping to raising chickens! Take home tips to get you started or further your homesteading journey.
Check out our events page on Facebook for a full listing of fun things to do. Visit lehmans.com/classes and lehmans.com/events to register. And remember, we are always just a phone call (1-800-438-5346) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) away!
With such a large family, I got used to cooking everything in army-sized batches. Now, with only one child still at home, I don’t need to do that anymore. But getting used to smaller batch cooking has been a challenge for me. This morning I got out all the equipment to make dill pickles when it occurred to me that I wasn’t likely to need three gallons this week. One will be plenty, and will probably leave enough left over to bring to my neighbor.
I will can larger batches for our pantry later but this early in the season I tend to make Refrigerator Dills a lot. They are crispy, tart and make use of the garlic that is just ready to harvest, and the the dill which is producing large, fragrant heads. My own garden up here in the hills is not giving us any cukes yet but the valley cukes are very good and they are just about giving them away at the farmer’s market. I bought a pound yesterday and the pickles I made are chilling now. Continue reading
We were thrilled recently to welcome the Great American Farm Tour to our store in Kidron, Ohio! Continue reading
What happens when you mix up a beekeeping dad, an enterprising stay-at-home mom and a whole lotta leftover beeswax? Fantastic natural products you can feel great about using! Continue reading
The wood ash, oh, the never-ending wood ash. It finds its way everywhere, eventually. When we moved into this one-room 1800s home, we did not anticipate all that heating our home solely with wood would entail. Continue reading
In so many ways, our fathers are our first teachers. Often, they’re our most important teachers throughout our lifetimes. My dad, Jay Lehman, has been teaching me my whole life, first as a parent, and then as the only boss I’ve ever had. (I started sweeping floors at Lehman’s at age 15!) Continue reading
As a busy (and working part-time) mom, I lack the time in the mornings to create a farmstead feast for my family. However, we have found a way for all of us to eat a filling, wholesome and delicious breakfast before we head out the door: I started making my own granola several years ago and I’ve never looked back! Continue reading