August means everything is ripe on the homestead. After many months of planting and weeding, we are finally reaping an abundant harvest. The garden is gushing forth produce, fruit trees and berry bushes are laden, chickens need processed, flowers need picked almost daily and more. Continue reading
Did you know that there are unwritten rules in homesteading? I’ll admit, with seeing so many different ways of doing things out there when we’ve been trying to learn all there is to know in our baby days of homesteading, I would have told you there’s no one way to do things. How much easier would it have been if someone would have handed me the ABCs of Homesteading: The ten simple steps to having the perfect homestead of your dreams when we closed on our house. But of course it’s not that simple. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Did you miss this year’s Country Living Workshop? No worries! Local homesteader and contributing blogger Sarah Kroger is sharing with us her experience and what she learned.
With six children 12 and under in my house, you can imagine that finding one thing with the ability to hold everyone’s focus and keep everyone entertained is a challenge, to say the least. There are times the big kids have to endure yet another Word World for the sake of the 4 and 6 year olds and there are times the little ones feel left out when the big girls get to stay up a little later to watch a movie. One playground has great slides for big kids, but might as well be scaling Mt. Everest to the little ones. You get the idea. Continue reading
What does July sunshine bring in Ohio? Some hot, sticky days to be sure but it also is the season of sunflowers, tomatoes, zucchini and more. After a cool, wet start to the garden season, the heat is making our popcorn and other plants grow almost in front of our eyes. It is now most pleasant to work in the garden in the early morning hours or the cool of the evening till we can’t see the weeds we are trying to pull. Popsicles made from homemade yogurt and fresh fruit are a main stay for getting through the afternoons. Continue reading
What do you do with a man from a lost period in time and a dying state of mind? Why, celebrate him, of course.
Kent Rollins is not your average guy. A cowboy nearly from birth, he discovered a love of cooking early in his career and worked to feed cowhands and hunters. From there he bought a chuck wagon – yes, an honest-to-goodness chuck wagon – in 1993 and began cooking for ranches. He soon expanded into catering. Because of Kent’s growing popularity and his preservation of a historic way of life, the governor of Oklahoma proclaimed Kent the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma in 1996. Continue reading
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries are the berries we commonly think of. Yet there is a wide choice of berries that are overlooked. Whether you are foraging for berries or have planted a berry patch, berries are nutritious and very versatile. Continue reading
Interested in learning about goat yoga? Visit Lehman’s for FREE goat yoga demos on Saturday, July 6 (during our Made-In-Ohio event) from 9 to 11 am, Saturday, July 27 (Cowboy Cook Kent Rollins demonstrations), or Saturday, August 3 (check out our new Tiny House) from 11 am to 1 pm. At the demos, you’ll have the chance to meet Amber Long and her friendly goats. Continue reading
Around here, the busiest months in the garden for me are May, June and September. May is a planting flurry, September is a harvest and preservation marathon, and June is the month where we win or lose the battle against the weeds. Thankfully, long days are in our favor and I am often out working in the garden till dusk. This year in much of our area, gardeners and farmers are all out working anytime that raindrops aren’t falling. A few things are behind schedule but most of my plants are benefiting from the good moisture, however, the weeds are enjoying it too. Continue reading