Happy 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.
So…want to give it try? Here are some suggestions of old-time skills that might just bring a smile to your face and joy to your taste buds, long after the New Year.
1. Ferment Your Own Sauerkraut (it’s a New Year’s tradition, after all)
Sauerkraut is a required taste, one I happen to love. If you, too, fall in this category, then you should know that not all sauerkraut is the same. Most store-bought sauerkraut has been processed, which means the healthy probiotics are gone. But, when you ferment sauerkraut yourself, all that good bacteria is still there.
2. Make Your Own Maple Syrup
Why make maple syrup? You’ll enjoy more than its sweet, pure taste. You’ll feel the joy and satisfaction knowing that you made it yourself! Before you start, we suggest you read our tips for beginners here. (It might save you from a sticky situation, literally.)
3. Raise Chickens in Your Backyard
Fresh eggs. Period. That alone should be enticing enough. Raising your own backyard flock can be a healthy, fun activity for you and your family. You can teach children how to care for animals as well as establish a healthy lifestyle. Knowing where your food comes from is important, something that a carton of grocery store eggs lacks.
4. Bake Bread from Scratch
Seriously, one bite of your fresh-from-the-oven bread and you’re going to wonder why you’ve never tried this before. But there’s more to it than just taste.
“Baking bread is a simple, satisfying way to connect with family members, share love and nourish others. Both my mom and my wife’s mom baked bread regularly. My wife carried on that tradition, and passed it to our now grown daughter.”
–Galen Lehman, Proprietor
5. Grow Your Own Fruit and Veggies
If you’ve never experienced the joy of picking a juicy red tomato from your own backyard, well Friend, you’re missing out. Sure, you can get fresh, wholesome produce from the local market, but there’s something almost magical about watching a seed grow into a plant, then into delicious vegetables you can bring to the dinner table. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food came from and how it was cared for.
Wherever the New Year takes you, we wish you many adventures and hope you, too, discover the satisfaction of living a simpler life. Cheers!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted in January 2018.