The Benefits of Elderberry

I always love spring. Today I found myself crisscrossing a neighbor’s farm, looking over cows. Birds sang. Squirrels foraged. And while we went along ponds, around sinkholes, and along wood and fence lines we found… elderberry! It was once said that you couldn’t go more than a hundred feet in most of the US without running into one. Now, this important plant is far harder to find. But why is the elder so valuable? Continue reading

Meet Farmer John Moody – An Expert on Elderberries, Soils and More

“I am not your typical farmer.” That’s the first thing John Moody says when he introduces himself.

In fact, Moody doesn’t consider himself typical in anything. The author of five books on the subject of farming and homesteading, Moody and his wife Jessica are determined to spread the news about the merits of real, honest food and the health benefits that result. (“One fun fact,” he adds. “I am a green belt in judo and performed multiple times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”) Continue reading

Discover the Satisfaction of Baking (Sweet Recipes Inside!)

In these strange times, we’re all trying to find ways to fill our days and find joy in how we spend them. It’s more difficult now than ever with our options being so limited for how we can spend our time. It’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to take up baking during quarantine! Baking is the perfect way to remain focused and productive, while also taking some time for yourself and loved ones to do something fun. Putting on an apron and getting to work in the kitchen is something the whole family can get involved in. Continue reading

The Road Less Traveled

In 1916, the poet Robert Frost wrote a famous poem entitled “The Road Not Taken” in which a walker faces a forked path in the woods. One path is well-trod, the other path is overgrown. Which path should he take? The final stanza of the poem reads:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Nearly 30 years ago, my husband and I stood at that metaphorical fork in our lives, and we took the road less traveled. It has made all the difference. Continue reading

An Update on Orders

Thank you from all of us at Lehman’s – we appreciate your support and business more than you can know. We apologize that our phone lines are so busy and we have shipping delays, even though we added a second shift. We are working very hard to catch up, but the warehouse is about a week behind and vendors are having trouble filling our orders. We know you want to know where you order is. Here is some basic information on some of our most popular products. Continue reading

Alternate Seed Sources

With the current shift in the economy, there has been a massive – massive! – spike in the number of people interested in growing gardens. Hundreds of thousands – possibly millions – of new plots are springing up across the country. Some are large, some are small, and all are important.

Normally the renaissance in gardening would be good news. However the surge of interest is stretching seed businesses to the limit. Continue reading

The (re)Rise of Victory Gardens

With local or regional shortages of fresh produce resulting from the current pause in the economy, there has been a new interest in an old classic: planting Victory Gardens.

A Victory Garden – sometimes called a crisis garden – is simply a small garden squeezed into any available spot of dirt to supplement food sources during times of national emergencies (such as world wars). Continue reading

Mother’s Day Social (Distancing): Creative Ideas to Surprise Mom

homemade mothers day cardThis year has been filled with new and different experiences for all of us. Granted, most of these new and different experiences are ones we probably could have done without. That doesn’t mean that we need to cancel or forget about the events that bring us joy, though. With the coronavirus changing almost every aspect of how we go about our daily lives, it’s important that we take some time each day to do something that makes us feel normal. And with spring having just arrived, one way I plan on not letting the quarantine put a damper on my days is to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. Continue reading