Cold-Packed Sweet Dill Pickles: Canning Without a Pressure Canner or Jar Prep!

sweet dill pickles ready to enjoyBrie, turkey, hummus. As random as it sounds, all three of these things are pairings our family has loved to enjoy with fresh dill pickles. Continue reading

How Animals Can Bring You Comfort and Support During Difficult Times

Living a More Satisfying LifeAs a nineteen-year-old woman, there are two things so far that have been very prevalent in my life: my love of animals, and my day-to-day struggles with anxiety and depression. Since I can remember, things that seem easy for other people have been difficult for me. Middle school, high school, employment, and getting into college all were things that I found emotionally taxing and very nerve-wracking. Continue reading

Bottle Up Summer With A Late Summer Project

late summer picnicSummer holds so much possibility, and while I might be more inclined to winter, I love how inviting the warm season feels. Now on the other side of June and July (and half way through August), it can feel like the height of summer is in the rearview. The days are shortening, and soon enough children will be filling their backpacks for the year ahead. (Or, if they are like ten-year-old me, they already have.) Hopefully you tried your hand at something new, or tackled that project you’d been thinking about all Spring. On our part, we got a heap of carrots and garlic into our big fermentation crock. And, hey, maybe you didn’t get to any of that because you were soaking up the sunshine or eating fresh peaches over the sink. That sounds pretty perfect, too. Continue reading

Goodbye, Plastic Straws: Lehman’s Cast Iron Cafe Now Uses Paper…

paper straws

A young patron of Lehman’s enjoys his lunch outside, using a paper straw instead of a plastic straw.

Jay Lehman, founder of the iconic general store, Lehman’s, has been called the grandfather of green. “Waste not, want not,” he says. “Being eco-friendly is the right way to run your business – it’s good stewardship.” Continue reading

Meet Lisa Steele, Coming to Lehman’s Next Month!

Chicken Keeper Lisa Steele

Meet Lisa Steele, fifth-generation chicken keeper and award-winning blogger. (Photo courtesy of Lisa)

Editor’s Note: We are so excited to announce that Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily is coming to Lehman’s this September! Read on to learn more about Lisa and her upcoming visit to Lehman’s. Continue reading

A Guide To Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

USA reel mowerEditor’s Note: Please welcome our guest blogger today, Rachael Baihn. She is sharing with us tips on how to make our lawns a little “greener.” Enjoy!

There are many lawn care products available for those homeowners who want to keep a lawn in tip top shape. However, how many of those products are actually doing more harm than good to the environment? Check out the following tips to help make your lawn care eco-friendly. Continue reading

Building Off The Grid? We Want To Hear From You!

off grid cabinDo you dream of building your home off the grid, miles from power lines? Would you love to live off the land, planting, harvesting and preserving your home-grown food?  Do you want to escape the chaos of the modern world and live a simpler, more satisfying life? Continue reading

How to Make Dandelion Tea

dandelion teaA weed is just a plant growing somewhere you don’t want it to. Have you ever heard that? I’ve never been much of a forager….or even much for identifying more than a handful of “weeds” I’d see growing in the yard before I yanked them out and tossed them. Continue reading

The Best Way to Make Apple Cider

homemade apple ciderNow you can make the best cider you’ve ever tasted! All natural, safe to drink and full-bodied. What’s the secret? Making it in a press so easy to sanitize that pasteurization is not needed.

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Campfire Traditions: Snacks To Delight

Our CampfireThis summer has seemed full of gloomy days, however, one thing that I love about that is how it makes me all the more grateful for the sunny clear days we are blessed with. On those days, there is nothing I’d rather do in the evening than sit around the campfire with friends. Continue reading