4 Ways to Eat Like a Farmer

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As a vegetable farmer, all season long I’m confronted with too much abundance — it’s absolutely overwhelming. In winter, though, it can feel like the opposite if I don’t prepare. So the question for me is, how can I manage the abundance of summer so that I can enjoy it into the winter?

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DIY: How to Carve Wooden Spoons

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There is an aura surrounding handmade wooden products — something that goes beyond the higher price tag and quality of the items. It is the notion that a tree sprouted many years ago; season upon season it grew; and from that tree came the raw material for the chair you sit upon, the table you set at suppertime, or the swing on your grandmother’s porch. Continue reading

Water, Water Everywhere – But Is It Safe to Drink?

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You’re thirsty. You walk over to the kitchen sink, turn on the tap, and fill your glass with cold,  sparkling, pure, clean water. Or is it? Continue reading

The Long and Short of Raised Garden Beds

Get started on a lush, productive 4'x4' raised bed; that's 16 sq ft of vegetables, fruits and herbs, right in your own backyard. A smart choice for both beginners and gardeners who want to expand garden space quickly and easily. No tools or digging required. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Get started on a lush, productive 4’x4′ raised bed; that’s 16 sq ft of vegetables, fruits and herbs, right in your own backyard. A smart choice for both beginners and gardeners who want to expand garden space quickly and easily. No tools or digging required. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

It’s finally spring! Time to put those garden plans you made during the winter into action.

For me, now is the time for my raised garden beds to get a thorough going over. I look to see what repairs will be needed andwhich beds have to be replaced. I also lay out where I want new ones – because I believe, like me, you will find gardening in raised beds is very addictive. One is not enough. Continue reading

The Ultimate Fast Food: How to Can Meat

Pressure canning is the only method recommended safe by the U.S.D.A. for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats and fish. Our pressure canners are the highest quality and a lifetime investment. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Pressure canning is the only method recommended safe by the U.S.D.A. for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats and fish. Our pressure canners are the highest quality and a lifetime investment. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

I was chatting with a friend the other day about the price of food and the busyness of canning season. She confessed that she has been wasting a lot of money on take-out food as she has kids in several sports and spends a lot of time on the road. She said that, while she applauded my dedication to food preservation she could not see herself as ever having the time. That’s so interesting to me because I see food preservation as the biggest time and money saver in my life. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Planting

Our Amish-made furrowing hoe has a razor-sharp, arrowhead-shaped blade that makes defined furrows for planting and enables you to weed around small, tender seedlings and plants without damaging them (and without having to get on your hands and knees). At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Our Amish-made furrowing hoe has a razor-sharp, arrowhead-shaped blade that makes defined furrows for planting and enables you to weed around small, tender seedlings and plants without damaging them (and without having to get on your hands and knees). At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Editor’s Note: This article comes to us from Becky Workinger, Lehman’s former Customer Service Manager. Enjoy!

I remember my maternal grandfather always saying, “Plant your peas on St Patrick’s Day.” March the 17th in Northeastphoto2 Ohio can be a very cold, wintry, blustery day. Not the case this year – it was sunny and 55 degrees when I got home from work.  Just ten days ago there were still piles of snow on the ground and I still had Christmas lights on the flagpole making a tree effect with lights.

My family has always been gardeners, and I married a farmer who has taught me even more the stewardship of the land, the love of agriculture and how important it is to all of us. Earlier in the day I thought of the planting and ran at my lunch break to purchase seeds.
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Amish Wash Day Dinner is a Busy Day Timesaver for You

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As you might imagine, a traditional Amish Wash Day is filled with activity – and not much goes on in the kitchen. This is a delicious, slow-baking dinner that frees you up to work on other projects.

Amish Wash Day Dinner
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. butter
  2. 1 large onion, sliced
  3. potatoes, peeled and sliced
  4. 2 Tbsp. flour
  5. 1 can tomato juice (store-bought or home-canned)
  6. Sliced sausage (country-style or Italian)
  7. boiling water
  8. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Using a roasting pan or dutch oven, melt butter in the pan and line the bottom with a layer of onion.
  2. Place potatoes on top of onion.
  3. Sift flour over potatoes.
  4. Pour tomato juice over all and cover with sliced sausage.
  5. Add boiling water to cover and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake slowly at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Turn meat if it gets too brown.
Adapted from AmishCooks.com
Adapted from AmishCooks.com
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Everything But The Squeal: Rendering Lard

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When you raise your own animals for meat you develop a special relationship. We provide the best forage and food, abundant fresh water, shelter from the elements and respect. We know the butcher and participate in the processing of the meat and we use every bit of the animal possible. What doesn’t feed people feeds other animals or our soil. We use everything but the squeal. Continue reading

4 Ways to Love National Noodle Month!

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Believe it or not, among other things March is National Noodle Month. And really, who doesn’t love noodles? Homemade or store-bought, they’re a comfort-food staple and one of the most versatile things you can keep in your pantry. Try these hearty recipes this month – and quit noodling around for dinner ideas!

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Building a Simple Pole Shed

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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.

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