Eating Fresh: How to Make Homemade Rhubarb Custard

Getting ready to make custard

Editor’s Note:  Cooking and baking with fresh food doesn’t have to be complicated. Author Kathy Harrison will show you how to use rhubarb from your backyard to create a simple, mouthwatering dessert. Enjoy!

After a winter of food primarily from the freezer, root cellar or cannery, it is time for something fresh. Today I found the rhubarb poking up. Rhubarb is not fancy. It doesn’t have the panache of asparagus not the beauty of a strawberry. It is rather plain but therein lies its virtue. It is a reliable old friend, growing well despite erratic weather. It is just as happy during a warm, dry spring as it is when April is wet and cold. I think every yard should have a clump or two. Continue reading

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

food recallIt’s an exercise which far too many people are finding themselves doing. Open the refrigerator, take out the bag of veggies or tray of meat, and check whether the contents are involved in the latest food recall.

Continue reading

Fermenting or Pickling: What is the Difference?

pickled peppers

Photo by Christopher Shockey

Editor’s Note: We’re happy to announce our guest blogger today is fermentation expert and author Kirsten K. Shockey. She has a wealth of information to share, and in this post, she tackles a question we hear often at Lehman’s. Enjoy!

What is the difference between fermenting and pickling? It is a common question. In a way, it is just as much a semantics question as it is a process question. Continue reading

Stacy Says: Advice for Healthy Eating and Living

doug and stacy

Here are Stacy and Doug, homesteading experts and YouTube vloggers of “Off Grid with Doug and Stacy.”

Stacy says…

I was fortunate enough to hang out with YouTube vloggers and homesteaders Doug and Stacy at their Meet and Greet last November at Lehman’s, as were hundreds of our customers and their fans. We are pleased to announce that they are visiting again for our Country Living Workshop the last weekend in June, along with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and many respected local demonstrators. Continue reading

5 Simple Solutions to Keep Your Home Fresh and Clean

cleaning counterIs your home overrun by dust bunnies and noticeable dirt? If so, it’s time for some good, old-fashioned spring cleaning! This necessary task not only makes your house look good but will also make you feel good. (After all, who doesn’t like coming home to a sparkling clean house?)

Here are our top five cleaning solutions to make the job so much easier. Continue reading

A Seed Saving Story: Grandmother’s Long-Lost Lettuce

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in March 2017.

This is a story of the importance of seed saving, and how a simple kindness from a fellow gardener helped me reconnect with my grandmother’s garden. Continue reading

Dreaming of a Garden As It Snows…

Classic Gardner Tool SetPunxsutawney Phil may say there are six more weeks of winter but apparently, he is not from Western Massachusetts. We see snow well into April and a late frost can wipe out the garden in May. So, what’s a garden girl to do while the snow lies deep and yet another storm is forecasted for the weekend? Well, she hunkers down with her seed catalogs, graph paper and last year’s records and starts planning her garden. 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

Making Time for Breakfast Made Easy

amish made wholesome granolaDoes your day start like you are an air traffic controller? Everyone is racing around. You are heading out the door to work, to school. Make a hot breakfast? Really! You are happy if your shoes match. Continue reading

Happy New Year! Try Something New in 2018

lehman's in winterHappy New Year from Kidron, Ohio and all of us at Lehman’s. We hope the new year will bring you peace, joy and the start of new traditions!

If you’re still trying to finalize those New Year’s resolutions, consider this. One of the most rewarding experiences is learning something new. It can help you step out of your comfort zone, become more self-sufficient, and build lasting connections with family and friends. Continue reading