5 Things I Learned My First Month as a Beekeeper

beekeepingAfter attending beekeeping classes at Lehman’s, a beekeeping convention in Wooster, and watching countless YouTube videos, I knew about as many beekeeping basics as I thought was possible without actually getting my hands on my bees. Finally, they came! It was an exciting and a bit of a nerve-racking experience to pick them up and get them home, but watching the beekeepers where we got them handle them with ease, I tried to just stay calm and do in real life what I had been envisioning for the last several months. Installation was so fun and interesting. Though not without some trouble, the bees got in and got fed, and I’ve loved watching them work. 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

The Chicken Class at Lehman’s: A Beginner’s Guide

chicken in coopI do not have chickens. And until recently, my knowledge of chickens consisted of my weekly carton of eggs from the grocery store and an old black and white photograph from my great grandfather. Though the photo is creased and ripped, the image is still clear – a modest chicken coop with a flock of hens. Continue reading

Sustainable Farming with Joel Salatin (Coming to Lehman’s!)

joel salatinEditor’s Note: Have you heard the exciting news? Joel Salatin is joining us for our Country Living Workshop next month in Kidron, Ohio. Here’s a sneak peek of Joel’s farming practices and approach to homesteading.

Intro: Making a Living on a Homestead

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a living from a homestead, there’s a man who can tell you: Joel Salatin is that man. His family owns Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. 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.

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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

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Raising Chickens

family with chickens and coopEditor’s Note: We brought back chicken expert Lisa Steele to share with you essential info for raising your own flock. Pull up a chair – it’s going to be good!

Raising a small flock of backyard chickens can be a rewarding and exciting experience for the whole family, but before you dive in, there are a few things you should know. Continue reading

Meet Joel Salatin…Coming to Lehman’s This June!

Joel Salatin“I am first and foremost a farmer, but not a very ordinary farmer,” states Joel Salatin on his website. “In fact, I’m known as a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic.”

If those sound like fightin’ words, you’re right – because few people are as passionate about fighting for a healthy earth, a healthy farm, and healthy food as this pugilistic planter. Continue reading

Beekeeping Class for Beginners at Lehman’s

Beekeeping SuppliesKnowing that keeping honey bees was the next endeavor my family and I wanted to take on our homesteading journey, it was time to start learning! I watched YouTube videos, got some beekeeping books, and looked for classes. Of course, Lehman’s had a beekeeping class coming up, so that was a perfect opportunity for me to look at actual equipment, talk to an experienced beekeeper, and take a novel’s worth of notes! Continue reading

Choosing Chicken Breeds with Lisa Steele

choosing chicken breeds

Editor’s Note: We are so happy to welcome back Lisa Steele as our guest blogger! She is a fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life. Today she’s sharing her wisdom on how to pick out the right flock for you and your family.

With more than a hundred breeds of chickens to choose from here in the United States online from hatcheries, breeders or your local feed store, finding the best breed of chickens for your needs can get pretty overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose just one breed. And in fact, a mixed flock will give you a more colorful egg basket and more interesting group of chickens.
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