Why Buy It When You Can Grow It?

Natural Yield Booster is better for you AND your plants! In stock now at Lehman's in Kidron and at Lehmans.com.

Natural Yield Booster is better for you AND your plants! In stock now at Lehman’s in Kidron and at Lehmans.com.

There’s all kinds of information out there about eating organic foods, avoiding pesticides, and generally, having a good idea about what you’re eating, and what happened to your food before it gets to you.

Sometimes, the information makes a run to the grocery sound like a trip to a chamber of horrors!

How can you be absolutely sure you’re doing the best for your family?

Grow it yourself. Even now, when June’s only 24 hours away, it’s not too late to get some (organic) plant starts or seeds, and get growing!  Continue reading

Blacksmith and Family Forge Strong Ties

Danielle in the shop with a neighbor's kid. Doug de-horns kids with a hot iron, just like blacksmiths always have.

Danielle in the shop with a neighbor’s kid. Doug de-horns kids with a hot iron, just like blacksmiths always have.

The Makers of Hand Forged Iron.

Doesn’t that sound like a lovely name for a business from a century ago, all done in curlicue writng? But it’s not a nostalgic memory. It’s the name of the business that’s kept the Lockhart family in Logan, Ohio busy for over 30 years.

Led by patriarch Doug, with his wife Berta serving as office manager, and with contributions from their children/apprentices, Annah Lockhart, Danielle Russell, and Benjamin Lockhart, this family works–hard! Both Danielle and Benjamin have national awards for their work as youth blacksmiths. “It’s kind of hard now, though,” says Danielle, about entering competitions. “I’m going up against adults, because I’m out of the 18 and under class now. I’ve learned a lot, though, and I love to do artistic work.” Continue reading

Not-Quite-City-Chickens 3: Want Birds? Things to Consider

A great guide to raising birds in the 'burbs or downtown! At Lehmans.com or Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

A great guide to raising birds in the ‘burbs or downtown! At Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Pat Veretto is one of our regular bloggers, and also runs her own blogs: Country Living in A City Home, Pat Veretto’s Frugal Living Blog, and Extremely Frugal. Recently, she published a piece that fits perfectly with our recent Not-Quite-City-Chickens theme: what to expect if you want your own birds.

If a small backyard flock of hens providing fresh, healthy eggs, meat and pest control, plus the sheer fun of watching and hearing chickens do their thing makes you think happy, why not do it? Just because you live in town doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like to have a chicken or two around the place! Continue reading

Want to visit Lehman’s in Kidron? Ignore your GPS!

It’s a long story…but let’s just say that Kidron’s not Brigadoon, even if your GPS insists there’s a different location.

These nice folks came all the way from West Virginia! Their GPS sent them to our offices. Silly GPS!

These nice folks came all the way from West Virginia! Their GPS sent them to our offices. Silly GPS!

You see, our warehouse and business offices are just a couple of miles away from our Kidron store. Both are located off Ohio State Route 30, and both locations are on streets that have names beginning with the letter “K.”

Sometimes, GPS units get confused, and want to send visitors to the office. We find the offices very exciting, but you are probably looking for a more enjoyable place to spend the day.

Here’s a primer on how to get to Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio. Pair this with these mapping directions, and you’ll be fine. Continue reading

Not-Quite-City-Chickens 1: Birds Flourishing In New Homesteader’s Care

Blackie and Rampage push the cat litter box around like a toy.

Blackie and Rampage push the cat litter box around like a toy.

Lehman’s fan Brianne and her partner Eric are in their second year of not-so-urban homesteading at their place 20 minutes from downtown Fayetteville, NC.

The young couple is proud of the progress they’ve made raising chickens.

“Last year was our first year with the chickens,” said Bri. “They needed a new home, and we had the space. Eric and I rebuilt a hand-me-down large chicken tractor for them, and we took apart old computer monitors, using the casings for roosting boxes, and tossed in a huge pet crate that the girls just love.” Continue reading

What happens in Kidron…

Larry and Daniel…stays in Kidron!

Country Life met Larry Buchman and Daniel Wolff at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio recently. Both are from Las Vegas, Nevada.

They were in Ohio to visit Buchman’s brother, who’s been ill, and had planned an expedition to Lehman’s.

Wolff was on a special mission–he wanted back scrubber brushes and loofahs, soaps and other bath items to donate to an auction for an organization that promotes good dental hygiene.

Fancy Flavored Coffee Creamers, Made Right At Home

Green glass pitchers

Serve your homemade creamer in these charming Italian Glass Pitchers from Lehman’s!

Coffee creamers come in a wide variety of flavors these days.  Unfortunately those flavored creamers also tend to be full of preservatives and chemical stabilizers.

I have a family full of people with allergies and sensitivities to some of those chemicals, so I started exploring ways to make my own flavored creamers with more natural ingredients. It’s gone well, and I’m happy to share my recipe with you. Continue reading

Rada Knives Are Perfect Spring Gifts!

Same as it ever was! Rada Meal Prep Knife Gift Set from Lehman

Same as it ever was! Rada Meal Prep Knife Gift Set from Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

It seems like wedding invitations are coming thick and fast to the Johnson household. We have three already, and I know there are more to come. (And don’t even get me started on the graduation announcements!)

It’s going to be a busy spring and summer for us, and I want to make sure that we’re giving gifts that will be useful and last!

While I was mulling over what do the other night, I was making dinner. I realized that I was using a Rada parer, one that my cousin Debbie had given me as gift when I was married in 1994. She gave me the Meal Prep Gift Set too. Continue reading

Laundry Day Gets Different When Resources Are At Stake

There are so many things I love about laundry day. Something about clothes hanging on the line, an empty hamper and the idea of general cleanliness. The best laundry days around here are sunny so there’s plenty of solar power to run the machine and to dry the clothes quickly on the line. We try to get the laundry out in the morning so the heavier things have a longer time to dry.

We use a front loading washer here at the moment. It was here when we bought the house and it works fine. It’s an old machine, smaller than the new ones, but it holds quite a large load. It uses far less water than the top loaders, but still comes in at 30 gallons per load. I put a meter on it once to find out. It gets stuffed full and we put in a bag of soap nuts and wash in cold water. On a perfect laundry day with weather and washer co-operating, It gets done quickly and easily.
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