Come Join Us for Homemade 101!

Like most new ventures, we weren’t sure what to expect when we started our Homemade 101 Class Series at our store in Kidron just a few weeks ago. But the response has been very positive, according to Shonda Miller, Lehman’s Retail Marketing Specialist and one of the team members who conceived and planned the series. Continue reading

Introducing Our New Class Series: Homemade 101!

We’re excited to introduce our brand-new, in-store class series for 2016: Homemade 101.

Ever wanted to start a vegetable garden, can vegetables and other foods, make your own candles or soap…but just didn’t know where to start? Well, look no further! We’ve gathered expert instructors to present informative, entertaining and friendly DIY classes at our store, just for you.

If you’re already familiar with these simple living skills, you’ll have the chance to “pick the brains” of our instructors, ask questions and glean the most up-to-date information on your favorite old-time skill.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming classes, and read on to learn about our first event!

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Black Friday in the Country – Come Join the Fun!

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We’re getting ready for a fun, relaxing day in Kidron!

WHAT: We’re combining the promotions of Black Friday with the old-fashioned simplicity of Lehman’s on Friday, November 27. Take advantage of big savings, while enjoying what Lehman’s does best — offering a slower, simpler way of life right here in Amish Country. We’ll have store-wide savings, hourly deals, a “haystack dinner” special in the Cast Iron Cafe. . . and our neighboring Kidron, OH stores will be offering special deals, too.

WHEN: Friday, November 27, 2015. Lehman’s will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio (GPS/mapping address 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton OH 44618). Participating businesses are within walking or very short driving distance of our store.

WHO: Lehman’s store, plus other Kidron merchants including MCC Connections, Eastwood Furniture, Quince Café, and World Crafts (and maybe more)

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SPECIALS AND SALES at LEHMAN’S:

  • We will be open LATE, until 7 pm!
  • The Cast Iron Café special will be an Amish-style “Haystack” meal
  • Special pricing on select products store-wide, including Purple Ball Jars, Lodge 12 in skillet, select old-time toys, select games, men’s leather belts, and more!
  • Anyone who shops 4-7pm receives a 20% off discount
  • Anyone (young or old) who wears bib overalls will receive a free gift and be entered into a drawing to win a $60 Lehman’s gift card (just enter your name at the Customer Service counter)

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WHY: We want to offer a fun, feel-good alternative to the crazy that has become associated with Black Friday. Customers will enjoy great deals on some of our favorite items, fill their bellies with an Amish Country meal, snack on free cookies and cider and enjoy their time out with friends and family. This is a great opportunity for people who have family visiting for the holidays who want to get out of the house and explore our little corner of Amish Country. Come join us!

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Join Us for Black Friday In the Country

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WHAT: Sales! Specials! Simplicity! We’re combining the promotions of Black Friday with the old-fashioned simplicity of Lehman’s on Friday, November 27. Take advantage of big savings, while enjoying what Lehman’s does best — offering a slower, simpler way of life right here in Amish Country. We’ll have store-wide savings, hourly deals, a “haystack dinner” special in the Cast Iron Cafe. . . and our neighboring Kidron, OH stores will be offering special deals, too.

WHEN: Friday, November 27, 2015. Lehman’s will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio (GPS/mapping address 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton OH 44618). Participating businesses are within walking or very short driving distance of our store.

WHO: Lehman’s store, plus other Kidron merchants including MCC Connections, Eastwood Furniture, Quince Café, and World Crafts (and maybe more)

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SPECIALS AND SALES at LEHMAN’S:

  • We will be open LATE, until 7 pm!
  • The Cast Iron Café special will be an Amish-style “Haystack” meal
  • Special pricing on select products store-wide, including Purple Ball Jars, Lodge 12 in skillet, select old-time toys, select games, men’s leather belts, and more!
  • Anyone who shops 4-7pm receives a 20% off discount
  • Anyone (young or old) who wears bib overalls will receive a free gift and be entered into a drawing to win a $60 Lehman’s gift card (just enter your name at the Customer Service counter)

WHY: We want to offer a fun, feel-good alternative to the crazy that has become associated with Black Friday. Customers will enjoy great deals on some of our favorite items, fill their bellies with an Amish Country meal, snack on free cookies and cider and enjoy their time out with friends and family. This is a great opportunity for people who have family visiting for the holidays who want to get out of the house and explore our little corner of Amish Country. Come join us!

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Enter to Win Your Christmas – On Us!

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Lehman’s: When You Want to Think Out of The Big Box

Glenda Lehman Ervin

Looking forward to the holiday season, I know I’ll be spending a lot more time at our store in Kidron. One of my favorite parts of being there is giving store tours. I love the face-to-face interaction with customers. I enjoy answering questions and pointing out unusual “nooks and crannies” stories about our store.

Recently a busload of visitors requested a tour (seriously, it was a busload, I am not using the vernacular as in a “busload of questions”).

Often, when I do a store tour, especially with a large group, I lose half the crowd as they wander through the antique barns that link to form our Kidron store. Sometimes, they’re lost in nostalgia, seeing all the antiques that my dad (and our founder) Jay has collected and and mounted on the walls. Some end up absorbed in a specific department, where they find the kitchen gadget, tool, or stove of their dreams. Some days, at the end of the tour, I look at the group and hardly recognize a single face because so many new shoppers have joined and so many originals are off shopping.

This day was no exception, but I retained about half the original group. As we were wandering through the pantry, which features a number of exclusive, locally-made, handcrafted items, one guest picked up a smallish basket and was rather surprised to see it retailed for just under $40. By the look on her face, I could see she was surprised. After all, I hear that you can pick up a little basket for less than ten bucks at Wal-Mart. (I’d guess, since I don’t shop there).

This handcrafted Amish-Made Desk Organizer is one of several quality baskets you’ll find at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, and online at Lehmans.com.

But when I flipped the basket over, she realized it was signed and dated by the local Amish craftsperson that made it. I mentioned that one of my favorite gifts is to find a basket with a special day, such as September 14, handwritten on the bottom. When you give the present to your mother-in-law, whose birthday is on September 14, it appears that it was made especially for them, on that day.

I then handed the basket to her and when she saw the fine, detailed work, and the sheer weight and substance of it, she understood why Lehman’s prices are not the same as one of the big boxes.

When you price compare, make sure you are comparing apples to apples, or in this case, baskets to baskets. If a chain store is ordering 250,000 of the same shape, size and color from off-shore, and Lehman’s is ordering them one at a time, from a local craftsperson, our lead times may longer, and our prices may higher…and our quality is levels above. You’ll pass a handmade Amish basket from Lehman’s down to your children and grandchildren, because it’ll last.

Join Us: It’s Fall Festival Tomorrow!

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Chuck shows a Fall Festival guest how to press cider in 2013.

In just 24 hours, we’re hoping to see you in Kidron, celebrating autumn in Amish Country! Our Fall Festival opens at 10 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. Saturday at Lehman’s on the Square.

All sorts of free, fun, family-friendly activities are on tap:

  • Pedal Tractor maze for children
  • Corn “sandbox”
  • Just for children, crafts and fun in the Buggy Barn
  • Pretzel Rolling demonstrated by Uncle Henry’s Pretzels
  • Our founder Jay Lehman is autographing our new Phone Booth 1,000 piece puzzle: he took the photo we used for the puzzle!
  • Toy demos and toy try-out area
  • Face Painting
  • Wayne County’s favorite folk (funky, fun) band, Honeytown, plays all day
  • Try some nibbles from Little Town Granola and Uncle Henry’s Pretzels
  • Locally made jams, jellies, and cider will be available for tasting (and purchasing!)
  • Check out the annual Fall Stove Sale in the Stove Room: you can save over $1,000 on certain model purchases and installation
  • Pick up prime country living skills: our staff and specialists will be demoing all day:
    “Cast Iron” Smores: the best, using basic cast iron pans
    Chair Building: Built with traditional tools and meticulous craftsmanship
    See the new Wax Vessels: lovely looks and scent, no candle flame needed
    Cider Pressing: It’s easier than you think with our Stainless Steel Cider Press
    Aladdin Lamps: learn the ins and outs of this popular, practical lamp
This is the savings basket you are looking for!

This is the savings basket you are looking for!

And we know some of you just come to shop, and we’ve got a great deal for you. As you check out, grab a leaf from the bushel basket at the register area. Give it to your cashier, and find out if you’ve saved up to 20% on your purchase. You might even win a free gift!

Facepainting for the youngsters too!

What is it? Check out all the sample and show stations!

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Learning how to shell corn with people-powered corn sheller.

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Sampling fresh-popped, Ohio-grown popcorn.

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Facepainting is always a big hit.

Fall Festival Kicks Off in Just 8 Days!

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The Lehman’s Pumpkin!

It’s our big fall party–and you’re invited!

What: Lehman’s Fall Festival
When: Saturday, September 20, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Lehman’s, on the Square in Kidron (handy map and directions)
Come on down, and bring the family. We’ll have crafts for the children in our Buggy Barn, demonstrations and “how-to” sessions throughout the store.
In our Stove Room, you’ll be able see real woodburning stoves, and decide which one is right for you. In our Lamp Room, learn the ins and outs of Aladdin’s bright burning lamps, and in our Housewares area, find out how easy it is to press your own apples for cider.
Here, Weaver's doing the finishing detail on his "Crucifixion" carving. Note the depth of the relief, which is seen in all his work.

Here, Weaver’s doing the finishing detail on his “Crucifixion” carving. Note the depth of the relief, which is seen in all his work.

A display of gorgeous woodcarving by local resident Paul Weaver is still on display, and it’s like nothing you’ll see anywhere else. These dimensional dioramas portray familiar stories about country life and more.

You won’t want to miss our sister stores just across the west parking lot! Amish Country Gifts and Lehman’s Outlet will have specials, coupons, demos and great treats. So be sure to leave a little time to pop on over there and check things out.
Music will fill the air as Honeytown, Wayne County’s favorite band settles into the store’s Pantry department, and plays throughout the day.
In the heart of our store, the Cast Iron Cafe is great place to reassemble the family for lunch or a snack.

In the heart of our store, the Cast Iron Cafe is great place to reassemble the family for lunch or a snack.

And even though you’ll find food samples from local vendors like Little Town Granola, Uncle Henry’s Pretzels and others in the store throughout the day, stop in at the Cast Iron Cafe, and order some Amish Country treats. It’s a great place to take a break and rest your feet.

Looking forward to seeing you in just over a week!

Rabbitry, Part 1: Meat Rabbits

In this article, the author discusses both how she raises and butchers rabbits, with specific steps on how she dresses the rabbits out for meat. This article may not be appropriate for all readers.

Getting Started
I’m a vegetable farmer in Minnesota, bound to the seasons, and I was confronted with a slow spring in 2013.  As I was waiting to be able to start planting in the field (that finally happened on April 28 and was followed 3 days later by 15 inches of snow), I had a lot of creative energy to use.  So when a friend was trying to get rid of her rabbitry so she wouldn’t have to move it across the country with her, I jumped on the idea.

I had a tiny bit of experience with rabbits going in, from a farm internship I had right out of college, but mostly I had to figure everything out on my own—I asked friends, searched the web, and paged my handy-dandy Encyclopedia of Country Living for advice.  I learned that about 150 years ago, rabbits and chickens were about even on the dinner table, but somehow chickens got the upper hand in the market and now we hardly ever think about rabbits as meat! Continue reading

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

Weaver prepares the glue-up wood blocks by blocking out the main areas of a carving.

Weaver prepares the glued-up wood blocks by blocking out the main areas of a carving.

When you put simple tools, wood and a craftsman together, the results can be amazing. Take the deep-relief woodcarvings currently on display at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Carved by Holmes Country resident Paul Weaver, each piece develops from blocks of butternut (or white walnut) wood, and shows glimpses of a simpler way of life.

Weaver’s been working with wood his whole life. About 23 years ago, he took up whittling, and then a workshop with master carver David Bennett changed him forever. “I went to a school with David Bennet, and I was a week with him. He taught me how to water, to do clouds or textures.” Weaver, who is Amish, came home and started doing his own deep relief carvings. Continue reading