Cowboy Cooking with Kent Rollins (Coming to Lehman’s!)

Kent Rollins

We’re so excited to announce that Kent Rollins will be at Lehman’s July 27. Read on to learn more.

What do you do with a man from a lost period in time and a dying state of mind? Why, celebrate him, of course.

Kent Rollins is not your average guy. A cowboy nearly from birth, he discovered a love of cooking early in his career and worked to feed cowhands and hunters. From there he bought a chuck wagon – yes, an honest-to-goodness chuck wagon – in 1993 and began cooking for ranches. He soon expanded into catering. Because of Kent’s growing popularity and his preservation of a historic way of life, the governor of Oklahoma proclaimed Kent the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma in 1996. Continue reading

Savor the Flavor of Unique Berries

MulberriesStrawberries, raspberries, blueberries are the berries we commonly think of. Yet there is a wide choice of berries that are overlooked. Whether you are foraging for berries or have planted a berry patch, berries are nutritious and very versatile. Continue reading

Goat Yoga + Lehman’s = A Good Time!

GoatsInterested in learning about goat yoga? Visit Lehman’s for FREE goat yoga demos on Saturday, July 6 (during our Made-In-Ohio event) from 9 to 11 am, Saturday, July 27 (Cowboy Cook Kent Rollins demonstrations), or Saturday, August 3 (check out our new Tiny House) from 11 am to 1 pm. At the demos, you’ll have the chance to meet Amber Long and her friendly goats. Continue reading

What’s Happening On The Homestead: The Battle In The Garden

Mulching

Organic mulching is one way we help control weeds in our garden. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

Around here, the busiest months in the garden for me are May, June and September. May is a planting flurry, September is a harvest and preservation marathon, and June is the month where we win or lose the battle against the weeds. Thankfully, long days are in our favor and I am often out working in the garden till dusk. This year in much of our area, gardeners and farmers are all out working anytime that raindrops aren’t falling. A few things are behind schedule but most of my plants are benefiting from the good moisture, however, the weeds are enjoying it too. Continue reading

Beautiful Beets: How to Grow, Prepare and Enjoy

beetsBeets are a super food. They are delicious and packed with nutrition. You can even eat the leafy tops which are rich in antioxidants, vitamin K and iron. Beet roots pack a punch of nutrition, too, with a wide variety of vitamin B, vitamin A, and potassium to name only a few. Continue reading

Employee Spotlight: Meet Chris

Chris

This month we caught up with Lehman’s store manager, Chris, to ask him a few questions about himself.

Chris, tell us what you do here for Lehman’s.
I’ve worked here almost a year. It’ll be a year at the end of June. I do a lot of different things from operational to merchandising along with working with our Mount Hope store and with Marketing. Continue reading

“Driving” Lessons from Dad and Grandpa

daughter and father with carWith Father’s Day approaching, many of us are thinking about family. I, in particular, am thinking about two people: my dad and my late grandpa.

Growing up, I was always around family and cars. My dad owns an automotive repair shop (first started by my grandpa when he was eighteen), and it’s here where many of my childhood memories took place. Continue reading

Meet Homesteader Jill Winger (Coming to Lehman’s July 13th!)

Jill WingerWhat’s wrong with Jill Winger? Did she take Laura Ingalls Wilder a bit too seriously? It’s a question worth examining when considering the lifestyle of this modern pioneer. Continue reading

4 Ways to Make Better Butter

Butter from molds

Go beyond the basics with these easy butter making tips. (Read on to find out how to make molded butter, like pictured above. Photo by Elizabeth Geiser.)

Editor’s Note: June is National Dairy Month, so in celebration, we’ve asked local homesteader and butter expert Karen Geiser to give us tips for making better butter. So, get ready to churn – it’s going to be delicious!

If you come by the Lehman’s store on a Thursday, you likely have seen my son and me churning butter. It is amazing how many butter stories I hear each week, from reminiscing about churning with grandma to folks who do it on an industrial scale. The grandpas often comment to my 10-year-old son, “When I was your age, that was my job” while others jokingly remind me, “Honey, you know they sell butter in the store these days.” Besides being a great conversation starter during my demos and giving our arms a nice workout, making fresh butter for my family is definitely an act of love and we savor the taste and nutrition from our fresh butter. Continue reading

Exciting Events Coming to Our Store This June

Country Living Workshop

The Country Living Workshop returns to our store on June 29! Read on for more about this event and other fun happenings this June.

Looking for some summer fun? Visit our store in Kidron, Ohio this June! We have some big events planned for you, including some visits from well-known homesteading experts. Continue reading