What’s Happening on the Homestead: The Family Larder

cold frame gardening

We’re busy preparing our homestead for winter from preserving food to putting up cold frames (pictured) to protect our harvest.

October is when we are near the end of gathering and preserving food for the winter ahead. In olden days, this cache of food squirreled away was sometimes called a larder and had enough sustenance for a family to stay well fed till spring. In our modern times, many folks depend on the super market to be their sole larder and expect the shelves to always be full. However, in the event of a political crisis, natural disaster or other disruption that might not be the case. When preparedness guru Kathy Harrison visited Lehman’s this fall, she shared that we are 9 meals away from anarchy if a disaster would hit because people today simply do not have that amount of food stored at home. Financial advisors often suggest keeping a 2-3 month emergency cash fund and perhaps everyone should wisely consider having a 2-3 month supply of food on hand for their family. Continue reading

The Satisfaction of Heating with Wood

old fireplaceEditor’s Note: The following article comes to us from Scott Ervin, husband of Glenda Lehman Ervin (VP of Marketing and daughter of company founder Jay Lehman). He shares with us his experience and joy of heating with wood. Continue reading

Introducing…the Lehman’s Sapphire Cookbook Collection!

Lehman's Sapphire Cookbook

Our newest cookbook is here. Keep reading to find a FREE recipe from our Sapphire Cookbook.

We’re excited to introduce our brand new cookbook, Lehman’s Sapphire Cookbook Collection, in honor of our upcoming 65th anniversary.

So that you can celebrate the simpler life by cooking with family and friends, we have compiled over 650 recipes in honor of you, our customer, and your loyalty for over six and a half decades. Our customers, our employees and our relatives have all contributed to this curated collection of yum! Continue reading

Our Top 5 Posts for Being Prepared

emergency checklistToday is the last day of National Preparedness Month. (Anyone else wondering where September went?) So, in celebration, we’ve gathered up our top posts all about being prepared, from providing safe water to emergency lighting. Continue reading

What’s Happening on the Homestead: Fantastic Fall Flowers

Picking flowers

Fall is here, which also means some beautiful fall flowers are in bloom! (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

September is a very full month for us on the homestead as we continue to preserve food for winter plus one of my cash crops is in full bloom and needs harvested frequently – dahlias! A good portion of our one acre plus garden space is for growing food for our family, but we also have space for some cash crops to help with farm income. Continue reading

Meet Preparedness Expert Kathy Harrison (Coming to Lehman’s!)

Meet Kathy Harrison

Preparedness expert Kathy Harrison will be at Lehman’s Fall Festival September 21! Read on to learn more about Kathy and her newest book.

“We forget how fragile normal really is,” Kathy Harrison once noted. “It would take very little for the shelves to be empty, the water tap to be dry, 911 to stop responding and a blank screen to greet us when we pick up our cell phones. A terrible storm, a cyber-attack, or a failed power grid could leave us sitting in the dark and completely unprepared with the skills, supplies and tools you need to handle the situation. Panic is never good and a lot of people would panic.” Continue reading

The Joys of Being a Grandpa

Lehman family

Proprietor Galen Lehman (on left) with his daughter Lindsay, granddaughter Elliana, and father and Founder Jay Lehman

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Grandparents Day (Sunday, Sept. 8), Proprietor Galen Lehman is sharing his story of family and the joys of being a grandpa.

Someone once said, “When the child you love has a child you love, you understand why being a grandparent is so grand.” Continue reading

Excess Squash? Find Creative Ways to Enjoy!

yellow squashAs we start our downhill slide to Fall, we are gifted with the bounty of the harvest. Included in that bounty is yellow squash. In all honesty, yellow squash could go into a category all its own if your garden is like mine. The rate that my squash plants produce fruit is magical. I don’t think that we had one seed that didn’t sprout and one flower that didn’t produce. Continue reading

Managing Life as a Homesteader

girl with goatBurnout. It’s a real thing…and not just when it hasn’t rained enough one summer and your garden is struggling. As a new homesteader, it’s tempting to get one of everything that sounds interesting…especially if it’s a good deal. I mean, if two feeder pigs is good, then a breeding pair is better! If a beehive is good, then two is better. If a few pet goats to nibble the brambles is good, then OF COURSE a pregnant dairy goat is better. Continue reading