Only in Kidron, Ohio…

Living and working in Amish Country can have some interesting twists and turns.  For example, I live about five miles away from Lehman’s warehouse and I often tell people, “If I see five cars on my way to work, I consider it a traffic jam.”

Here’s another interesting twist.  There is currently a blood shortage so the Red Cross is trying to motivate people to give blood.  These two signs were seen in front of two different local churches on the same day (June 29th).  A sign for announcing that you might win a car could be seen most anywhere in our country.  Winning a buggy for donating blood?  As we say around here, “Only in Kidron, Ohio.” 

Come visit our store and see Amish Country for yourself.  You won’t forget the experience.  Who knows, you might even have a chance to give blood and win a buggy.

Editor’s Note: Bruce Detweiler Breckbill is Lehman’s VP of Direct Sales.

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Lehman’s 1950s Summer Celebration

In celebration of 55 years of selling history serving the public, Lehman’s is proudly hosting a summer party on Friday, July 9 and Saturday July 10 from 10 am to 3 pm at the retail store in Kidron, OH. The entire event will have a fun 50s flair in honor of the year that Lehman’s opened.

To make the party even more festive, the Lehman family invites anyone planning to attend (including employees!) to dress up in 50’s garb. In the 50s, the boys wore jeans and leather jackets (normally studded with metal) and the girls indulged in wearing poodle skirts, scarves and pedal pushers (similar to the Capri’s worn these days).

Glenda in 50s flairThe jeans and jacket concept with the greased hair appeared to give ‘the cool dude look’ and the ladies liked their skirts to look elegant yet comfortable to dance and twirl around. The more people that get into the spirit of the 50s, the more fun the Summer Celebration becomes.

“Summer is a great time to visit Amish Country,” said Glenda Lehman Ervin, vice president of marketing at Lehman’s. “We invite folks to come and see our newly expanded housewares department and learn more about the old-fashioned way of life.”

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Fresh Cherries Bring Summer to Your Mouth

When I was growing up there was a sour cherry tree in my Aunt Babb’s yard. I remember the excitement of popping a fresh cherry into my mouth, being greeted by its sour juiciness —  and it was loads of fun to spit the stones at a family member. The work of running the paring knife around each cherry to pit it and prepare the fruit for cooking, however, was not so much fun.

Cherries have a short season for their peak flavor, but they are wonderful and also very good for you. We’ve come a long way in making working with the cherry bounty so much easier. Today’s cherry pitters come in all shapes and sizes, from the ultra-durable cast iron ones to the modern, easy-to-clean models. Lehman’s has some great ones at your fingertips, so choose the one that’s right for you. Here are three easy and delicious recipes that will have you enjoying your fresh cherries in no time…

Savory Pork Chops with Sour Cherry Sauce
Easy sides (like steamed green beans and rice or quinoa) make it a feast even during the week!

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Natural Dental Care

When was the last time you stopped to read the ingredients on your tube of toothpaste? We’re getting pretty good at scanning food labels, but it may also be time to change the way you clean your teeth. I took a peek at a tube of popular toothpaste and was more than a little concerned by the contents. Among the chemicals listed, each of which poses one health risk or another, was triclosan. This chemical is touted as an antibacterial agent (read: pesticide) that will reduce oral bacteria, preventing gum disease. But what the labels don’t report is that triclosan has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and liver damage — not the kind of stuff you want in your mouth day after day, particularly when it is also known to accumulate in the body over time.

Perhaps the even bigger issue at hand is that the personal-hygiene industry has led us to believe that we must wage war on our bodies in order to keep them healthy. In the case of toothpaste, our mouths are portrayed as battlefields in which we’re helpless to maintain cleanliness unless we attack the rampant germs with harsh disinfectants. Continue reading

Building a Simple Pole Shed

Pole barns or sheds are simple structures ideal for agricultural purposes, but can be useful on rural homesteads and even suburban lots. These simple structures are perfect for firewood storage, housing tools and machinery, or even shelter for livestock. One only needs basic skills, as well as lumber and some tools, to build one. Materials are inexpensive and can be adjusted to any size needed.

The exact amount of materials needed will depend on the desired size of your shed.

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The whitest diapers on the block

Today a sweet blackbird was serenading me as I was hanging my clothes out on this warm, sunny, (rare) wind-less day.  I was enjoying the music, the sunshine and enjoyed watching the clothes hanging on the line and started to think (a dangerous hobby, as my husband claims) about other times of hanging out clothes.

When I was young (many, many years ago), diapers were made of cloth, not plastic and paper.  At that time, it was a daily chore to wash them for reuse (youngsters, diapers CAN be reused, not thrown away!).

I had two daughters that were both in diapers so my daily chore was doubled.  As you know, diapers can become stained with the “stuff” that comes out of even the cutest little one, and it’s hard to get that brown stain out of white material. Continue reading

Life 101 years ago…

The year is 1909. What would your life have been like? Read on for some amazing facts:

101 years ago:

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
  • Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
  • The average US wage in 1909 was 22 cents an hour.
  • The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .
  • Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’ Continue reading