The Perks of Shopping Locally

Christmas in the Store

Small Business Saturday is THIS Saturday! Come visit our store in Kidron and see our beautiful Christmas decorations and displays.

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24th), today we’re sharing with you a glimpse of the shops in our hometown (Kidron, Ohio). Enjoy!

I love needing to travel only a short distance to have a good time. Spending time and money at local shops in my area is great because it’s quick, fun, personable, and the people there know my name! I can walk into a bookstore just a five-minute drive from my apartment and they greet me personally when I walk in the door. I’m a regular at the fair-trade shop, coffee shop, and several restaurants in my neighborhood. It’s so nice to be known where I go, and to know the people that are benefiting from my purchases personally. It also feels great to know that I’m contributing to the growth and maintenance of their stores and helping to keep them going.

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5 Amish Country Foods You Need To Try

amish fry pie sampler

Read below to find our top five picks of Amish Country food. Spoiler alert: They include fry pies!

Here in Ohio’s Amish Country, home cooking and baking are a staple. Our area is built around hearty, made-from-scratch meals. (If you ever have the chance, stop by one of the many local Amish food restaurants and you’ll see what I mean – you won’t walk away hungry!) Continue reading

Savor the Flavor of Fall with Homemade Pumpkin Treats

Pumpkin Cake BarsEditor’s Note: Here in Ohio’s Amish Country, fall is in full swing, so today we’re sharing with you the best pumpkin treats we’ve found. Whether you’re a baker or not, we have something for everyone!

Making food from scratch is a time-honored tradition in the Amish community, a tradition that also has deep roots in our little town of Kidron. Here at Lehman’s offices, it’s not unusual to find homemade baked goods sitting on our corner table (“the food table” as my fellow co-workers have dubbed it, since it always seems to be filled with food). Continue reading

Amish Woodcarver Displays Work At Lehman’s In Kidron, Ohio

paul weaver carvingsEditor’s Note: This article was originally published in January of 2014. We’re happy to announce that Paul Weaver’s wood carvings are back on display in our store. We’ve added a video and photos below for your enjoyment, but as other customers have told us, the photos don’t do them justice. This is something you’ll want to see in person! Continue reading

10 Things Jay Lehman Says

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2016 for Jay Lehman’s 87th birthday. In honor of Father’s Day (this Sunday!), we’re sharing it with you again. We wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day!

“Dad is a man of few words,” said Galen Lehman, son of Jay Lehman and CEO of Lehman’s. Continue reading

Secret to the BEST ice cream? Get crankin’

immergood amish ice cream freezerEditor’s Note: This article was originally posted in June 2015.

Our favorite foods and our best memories are inextricably linked. The flavor and aroma takes us back to those times of laughter, joy and camaraderie. And, what food is a better sweet memory starter than ice cream? What are your favorite ice cream memories? Running after the ice cream truck as its bell rings its way past your house? Sharing the cold sweetness with cousins at a summer family reunion?

Mine revolve around the ice cream freezer, because we always like to make our own. In fact, our hand-cranked ice cream freezer took on mythical importance to our family life. It was like an ice cream fount of goodness, the horn of plenty from which sprang sweet, creamy cold-on-a-hot-summer-day fun. Continue reading

Eli and Mattie: Spring on an Amish Farm

“Come on, Mattie,” Eli called. “I’m waiting to start picking!”

Mattie hurried out the back porch door to find her brother holding two berry baskets and grinning. It was late spring, and the strawberries were coming fast now. The children’s job was to keep them picked as they ripened. Some could be sold to passersby, but the majority of the sweet red berries would be turned into sparkling jars of homemade jam and neatly stacked on the canning shelves in the cellar. Continue reading

4 Common Sense Ways to Soothe Winter Colds

stainless steel spout kettlesEditor’s Note: This article was originally published in February 2016.

When the “common cold” strikes – as it will for most of us, at least once this year – try these time-tested ways to soothe those annoying symptoms and promote healing. Continue reading

10 Vital Tips for Maple Syrup Rookies

maple sugaring starter kitEditor’s Note: The following article was originally published in February 2015. It came to us from Scott Ervin, husband of Glenda Lehman Ervin (Lehman’s VP of Marketing) and son-in-law of Jay Lehman (Lehman’s founder). An avid outdoorsman, Scott tried his hand at maple syrup making and learned many valuable lessons in the process. Enjoy! Continue reading

Eli and Mattie: An Amish Christmas

amish farm in winterWood smoke curled from the chimney as Eli and Mattie stepped from the back porch onto the frozen ground. The morning was still, yet excitement filled the chilly air. Continue reading