Easy How To: Dried Turkey Stock

BGirard from Pinching Lincoln joins Country Life again, sharing how she’s running her homestead in the city. Today, she’ll walk you through the process of making and dehydrating a poultry soup base at home.–Editor

First, a big thank-you to the wonderful neighbours who let me have their turkey carcass after my husband and I enjoyed a turkey dinner with them. Turns out I have no shame and will ask for other peoples proto-refuse. (This bird was cooked in a green egg and I am green with BBQ envy. It was YUM-MY.) Continue reading

Book Review: The Backyard Homestead

Raise your own eggs, milk, meat! The Backyard Homestead is in stock now at Lehman's in Kidron and Lehmans.com.

Raise your own eggs, milk, meat! The Backyard Homestead is in stock now at Lehman’s in Kidron and Lehmans.com.

Folks in the cities and the suburbs: You’re going to want to do one thing before you read The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: check the regulations in your area to see what animals you can have in your municipality.

After you read Backyard Homestead, you’ll be ready to get your own animals, and you’re not going to want to wait. Continue reading

Calves Triple Event For Green, Ohio Farm Family

Editor’s Note: Lehman’s fan Christine in Powder Springs, Georgia shares news and photos about the surprise at her family’s home place here in Ohio: they had triplet polled Herefords born in late April! One of the calves stayed on the home farm, and the other two are now at her brother’s place nearby, being bottle fed. Her dad, Jerry, was expecting just one calf. But he’ll take three healthy, happy ones.

Christine writes:

Two of the triplets, the bull, left, and one of the heifers, right.

Two of the triplets, the bull, left, and one of the heifers, right.

My father, Jerry, who is 84, has raised beef cattle on his farm for over 60 years and was blessed this year with a very special gift.

His breeding cow Sally had beautiful, healthy Polled Hereford triplet calves, on April 2, 2013.

All three are very healthy and just perfect! The birth was completely unassisted by anyone, and two of these three calves came as a rather “quick surprise.” There are two little heifers and one bull calf. Continue reading

Spring Bounty! Ideas for Asparagus and Peas

Spring Harvest is a snap with Lehman's Maine Garden Hod. Available now! Click for more.

Spring Harvest is a snap with Lehman’s Maine Garden Hod. Available now! Click for more.

Planning your garden is the first step. Planting your garden with plants and seeds is the second step.  But the hardest step may be how to use the bounty your garden produces.

Spring herbs and vegetables are the beginning of a wonderful journey your garden will take you on, especially for first time gardeners.

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How To: Blanching & Freezing Green Peas

I’ve moved recently, and found a wonderful farmer’s market not far from my new home. On my first trip, last Saturday, I found freshly picked and shelled spring peas. It was a lucky find, because it’s much warmer here than in my former Ohio home. Peas are going out here, but aren’t quite ripe up north. I bought all the peas I could to blanch and freeze. Not having to shell all those peas myself was a blessing. Continue reading

Get Protection for Delicate Seedlings

Get this easy-to-grow seed kit and get into heirloom veggies this season. Still available at Lehman's in Kidron or via Lehmans.com.

Get this easy-to-grow seed kit and get into heirloom veggies this season. Still available at Lehman’s in Kidron or via Lehmans.com.

Last year I bought some heirloom seeds for Oregon Sweet Meat Oregon Homestead Squash from Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener. But due to drought and squash beetles, there wasn’t any produce.

It was disappointing, as I’d sampled the squash before, and loved it. It fed my family for two nights, and the leftovers froze well. Continue reading

Easy How To: Freezing Whole Tomatoes

Find Martino's Roma Tomatoes and other heirloom varieties at Lehmans.com.

Find Martino’s Roma Tomatoes and other heirloom varieties at Lehmans.com.

I love tomatoes. They’re an absolute garden staple. There’s practically no end to what you can do with tomatoes: sauces, juices, pastes, salsas, ketchup, diced tomatoes, stuffed tomatoes, stewed tomatoes… I think they’re probably the most versatile food on the planet.

The problem with growing them yourself, though, is that tomatoes don’t come in all at once. It would be wonderful if you could wake up one morning, walk out into the garden, and have all of your tomatoes ripe and ready to be processed all at once. But unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. Instead, they come in a little here and a little there, ripening at their leisure. Continue reading

Three Sisters Add Success To Garden Reboot

The companion planting Bible! Available at Lehmans.com or Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

The companion planting Bible! Available at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Gardeners are under the gun: the cold snap here and in the northeast, the terrifying storms in the Plains, and a drier-than-normal spring in the southeast means that many folks are looking at a garden reboot fairly late in the growing season.

If you’re replanting or adding purchased seedlings to your garden, now’s the perfect time to work in companion plantings. Already doing it? Think about different combinations than you already have. The bible for companion gardeners, Carrots Love Tomatoes, is a must when planning your garden layout. You’ll get maximum production following the guidelines there. Author Louise Riotte says careful companion planting can double your garden’s harvest production! Continue reading

A Small Texas Town Makes A Big Impression

Editor’s Note: Our on-the-road correspondent Mark Pendl checks in–he’s still traveling the country searching for the perfect cowpony. This is his postcard profile of Yoakum, Texas.

Greetings from the Lone Star State! If you scan a Texas map, you will find me posted twenty-seven miles south of Gonzales (the birthplace of Texas) in a small town called Yoakum.

A local "free range" resident checks me out!

A local “free range” resident checks me out!

In its heyday, Yoakum was best known for growing tomatoes, meat packing plants, for making leather goods (mostly saddles) and for natural gas discoveries.

Like many small towns across this country, Yoakum has taken a downturn economically until recently. What was once a dusty, semi-ghost town huddled around a water tower is booming once again with gushing oil wells. For a few short years before the oil production runs dry, most everyone will prosper.
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Recipe of the Month: 10 Tips for Soybean Snacks!

USA-grown, certified organic, oil roasted soybeans are on sale now at Lehmans.com!

USA-grown, certified organic, oil roasted soybeans are on sale now at Lehmans.com!

Maybe you’ve seen them on our website: 15 pound boxes of organic roasted soybeans. And you’ve thought, “What would I ever do with 15 pounds of organic roasted soybeans?”

Tell you what: with a few simple additions to those soybeans, you’re going to be wondering what to do with the empty box!

Essentially, once the beans are roasted, they can be treated like any other snack nut: peanuts, almonds, cashews and so on. And you can add them to recipes along with or in lieu of any other kind of nuts. Continue reading