How To Harvest Fruit Without A Ladder

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My Dad was born in a tiny bedroom a few steps from the kitchen in our fourth generation Lehman farm.  Grandpa’s original apple trees were still thriving there until just a few years ago.  Some of the nut trees my dad planted with his own hands there are now more than 60’ tall! Continue reading

Keep Your Valuables Safe!

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I don’t know about you, but for my wife and I, our canned food is one of our most valuable possessions. Many people can their garden produce for a cheap family source of food. That’s what we did for most of our lives. But, with our kids out of the house, our focus now is on quality. Continue reading

Our Olive Oil Lamp: A Fixture of the Rural Night

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I have come to know darkness as a fact of rural life. When the sun sets over the Green Mountains, ceasing to bathe the lush Vermont landscape in its golden evening light, the darkness of night makes itself abundantly known. Continue reading

Homemade Maraschino Cherries: Easy, Delicious, Fun!

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I decided to try out a recipe for homemade Maraschino cherries for my summer beverage and dessert enjoyment. Who knew it was so easy – and soooo delicious? 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

Water Bath or Pressure Canners: What Works for You?

Ball Blue Book Food Canning Guide

Ideal for beginning or experienced home canners–The Ball Blue Book has the best and most up-to-date home food preserving information. Available at Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

When folks new to canning start out, one of biggest questions asked is this one: which kind of canner should I use? And the answer most often heard is this one: “Well, it depends. What are you canning?”

As frustrating as that might be, that fuzzy answer isn’t out of line.

It really is important to know what you’ll be canning. Depending on the acidity level of the food, different processes and methods are used. Continue reading

Homemade Salsa Fresca: So Easy, SOOO Good

The Squeezo All-Metal Food Mill makes quick work of salsa, applesauce, pumpkin, berries...the list goes on and on. An absolute essential for home canning!

The Squeezo All-Metal Food Mill makes quick work of salsa, applesauce, pumpkin, berries…the list goes on and on. An absolute essential for home canning!

Getting gorgeous tomatoes and peppers from your garden or the farm market? Here’s a quick and easy salsa recipe, along with an amazing way to take out all the work:

Salsa Fresca (Fresh Salsa)
You won't believe how easy - and delicious - it is. A recipe to keep for every summer's tomato crop!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 large tomatoes, quartered
  2. 1 small onion, chopped
  3. 1 small green bell pepper, seeds and veins removed, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  7. 1/2 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. salt
  10. fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Run the tomatoes, peppers and onion through the Squeezo All-Metal Food Mill with the optional Pumpkin/Salsa screen.
  2. After you run the tomatoes, peppers and onion through the strainer, add the garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and cilantro to mixture and stir.
  3. Add salt and lime juice to taste.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Notes
  1. If you need more salsa (and you will) just double the recipe!
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Hannah Tested, Hannah Approved: Part I – Meet the Farmer

Editor’s Note: Hannah will be using Lehman’s products and blogging about them in the coming months. Who better to field test our gardening, farming and kitchen tools than an off-grid farmer? We look forward to this series, and we think you’ll benefit from Hannah’s knowledge, too! You can follow Hannah’s farming adventures on Facebook at Humble Hands Harvest

Hi, I’m Hannah. I’m a young farmer who grew up in the city. That’s not an easy thing

hannah breckbill garden to be these days, with land prices through the roof and not very many of my peers understanding what it means to live my life in response to and in collaboration with the earth.

As a college student about eight years ago, majoring in Mathematics, I gradually became aware of a disconnect between my academic life and the “real world,” where wars raged and injustice spread and living things rooted down. I briefly considered quitting college to work with a peacemaking group, but came to the conclusion that I could graduate and figure out something “real” to do after that. I found an internship on a farm in Texas focused on small-scale agriculture as applicable to the developing world, and jumped into managing a Community Supported Agriculture vegetable garden alongside a goat dairy. Continue reading

Lehman’s Staff Spotlight: 5 Things About…Andi

1. Current Job and how you got it: Data Analyst- following a layoff, I took a year off

Lehman's Data Analyst Andi and her daughter Jaelin collaborate on selling their farm-fresh eggs under the name Petra's Flock.

Lehman’s Data Analyst Andi (right) and her daughter Jaelin collaborate on selling their farm-fresh eggs under the name Petra’s Flock.

to spend time being a stay at home mom to two teenagers. That gets kind of boring quickly- I can only put off cleaning for so long! I found this job doing searches online for data jobs. My dad, a LONGtime Lehman’s customer, was just as excited I landed the job as I was!

2. Unique factoid about yourself: I met my husband in an online chat room via a dial-up modem back in 1994. We met in person in March of 1995 and I moved from my family and friends in Connecticut to Wooster (Ohio) over Memorial Day 1995. We just celebrated our 20th anniversary!

3. Finish this sentence: “I never in a million years thought I would …” live in the country, crocheting and raising a small flock of hens!

4. Favorite old-time skill and why: I make my own laundry soap and fabric softener. My husband has had some bad reactions to commercial detergents so I looked for a way I could get my clothes clean without flaring up my husband’s

Petra's flock currently comprises seven chickens: Petra, Garnet, Magee, Bellatrix, Leia, Bo and Hortence.

Petra’s flock currently comprises seven chickens: Petra, Garnet, Magee, Bellatrix, Leia, Bo and Hortence.

allergies.

5. Something from Lehman’s I use all the time (or, something from Lehman’s I just LOVE): Just one? I know as soon as I say one thing I will think of another that I love just as much! This spring we got a new clothesline so I tossed out all my old spring clothespins and bought the Grandma’s Pegs. Our line faces west and we get some terrible winds. These clothespins hold on my husband’s heavy jeans thru those winds!