Practical Pest Control for Summer

beautiful summer yard

Enjoy the outdoors without being overrun by insects and pests!

Uninvited visitors? Overcome the constant shooing and agitation of mosquitoes, flies, wasps, mice, moths, moles and other annoying pests. We can help you do it quickly with our helpful, proven traps and effective protection solutions. They will make life a little easier as well as protect your property and garden from a pest invasion and destructive, costly damage. (Don’t let them overrun your property.) Our best advice is to equip your home now, so you don’t have a bigger problem later. You can find more simple solutions here at Lehman’s. After all, we are the experts at simplifying your life. Continue reading

Children and Chores: How to Enjoyably Work Together on the Homestead

On pileOn the homestead, everyone in the family needs to chip in to get things done. There are chores suitable for children of all ages from feeding chickens and taking out the compost to weeding the garden and harvesting fruit. Work doesn’t need to be drudgery but can be an enjoyable thing that the family works at together. Continue reading

A Life Well-Lived

Jay LehmanJay [Junior Ezra] Lehman of Kidron, OH passed away peacefully on July 26, 2020. Born on April 21, 1929, he recently celebrated his 91th birthday with family and friends. A private family service will be held later this week, with a celebration of life in the future.

Founder of the iconic old-time general store Lehman’s in 1955, Jay worked tirelessly his whole life, dedicated to family, faith, and community – the framework of life well-lived. Continue reading

Rediscovering Traditions: How Sustainable Living is a Trend, Again

young farmer with flowersSustainability, self-sufficiency, and environmental friendliness has recently hit the younger generations in a big way. All over the internet, thousands of young people are sharing their dreams of one day living a life filled with vegetable gardens, solar power, clotheslines, butter churns, bread baking, and farm animals. Continue reading

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream the Traditional Way

chocolate ice cream

Editor’s Note: Nothing beats homemade ice cream! In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Galen Lehman, CEO of Lehman’s and son of founder Jay Lehman, is sharing how to make this sweet treat in a traditional ice cream freezer (like the one pictured above).

Our family spent 10 years in Africa doing missionary and disaster relief work. In those days, dairy products and especially ice cream were rarely available. Our version of a great party included homemade ice cream (if we could find the ingredients). Fortunately, the list is short: Cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla. And, if you can’t get the first three ingredients, Carnation Condensed Milk and vanilla makes a passable (but not especially great) substitute.

The real question with every homemade ice cream party is “hand cranked” or “electric”? Continue reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Self-Sufficiency

preserving foodThe day we installed our brand-new Baker’s Choice wood cookstove was the day our lives changed dramatically for the better. I mean that literally.

Living in the far north, wintertime heat is no small matter. For the previous fifteen years, our sole source of heat was a small inefficient woodstove located in an inconvenient corner of our house, which left the rest of the house hovering in the low 50s during cold weather. For years, we’d fantasized about having a proper cookstove in a more central location. Continue reading

The Joys of Ohio’s Amish Country

Editor’s Note: National Simplicity Day is July 12. In celebration, we are taking you on a photo tour of our favorite place, Ohio’s Amish Country, an area known for its simplicity and beautiful views. Enjoy!

Slow, relaxing and rural – welcome to Ohio’s Amish Country.

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Happening This Month: Christmas in July and More at Our Store

Lehman's ornamentFor family fun that’s close to home, visit Lehman’s on the square in Kidron. Glenda Lehman Ervin here, inviting you to my family’s store. Plan to attend our annual Christmas in July celebration on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 10 am to 3 pm. Receive a free Lehman’s Christmas ornament with a purchase of $50 or more, while supplies last. Take a socially distant “elfie” with Mrs. Claus and check out the stunning new year ‘round Christmas department.
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Homemade Ice Cream: How to Create the Perfect Flavors

girl with ice creamEditor’s Note: July is National Ice Cream Month, and we’re celebrating with making our own ice cream. Read on to discover yummy ways to create the best homemade ice cream. (Originally published July 2018)

“The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts” definitely applies when making homemade ice cream. Why? Because of the simplicity of taking 3 common ingredients; dairy, eggs, and sugar, and changing them into luscious, creamy ice cream is awesome. Once you have homemade ice cream, you will never look at grocery store ice cream the same again! Continue reading

We Churned Butter: A Beginner’s Story of Making Butter and Memories

bread and butterHere at Lehman’s, we often hear from folks about their latest homesteading adventures, from raising chickens and bees to planting tomatoes for the first time. Recently, one of our own shared his story of how he went from an ordinary day at work of managing Lehman’s website and all things digital to going home and churning butter for the first time. Continue reading