Eli and Mattie: Spring on an Amish Farm

“Come on, Mattie,” Eli called. “I’m waiting to start picking!”

Mattie hurried out the back porch door to find her brother holding two berry baskets and grinning. It was late spring, and the strawberries were coming fast now. The children’s job was to keep them picked as they ripened. Some could be sold to passersby, but the majority of the sweet red berries would be turned into sparkling jars of homemade jam and neatly stacked on the canning shelves in the cellar. Continue reading

What We’ve Learned from Mom

daughter and mom gardeningFor many of us, Mom’s words and wisdom have shaped us through the years. And even the simplest lesson has a way of sticking with us.

“Do the right thing.”
“If you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all.”
“If you take it out, then put it back.” Continue reading

Eating Fresh: How to Make Homemade Rhubarb Custard

Getting ready to make custard

Editor’s Note:  Cooking and baking with fresh food doesn’t have to be complicated. Author Kathy Harrison will show you how to use rhubarb from your backyard to create a simple, mouthwatering dessert. Enjoy!

After a winter of food primarily from the freezer, root cellar or cannery, it is time for something fresh. Today I found the rhubarb poking up. Rhubarb is not fancy. It doesn’t have the panache of asparagus not the beauty of a strawberry. It is rather plain but therein lies its virtue. It is a reliable old friend, growing well despite erratic weather. It is just as happy during a warm, dry spring as it is when April is wet and cold. I think every yard should have a clump or two. Continue reading

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

food recallIt’s an exercise which far too many people are finding themselves doing. Open the refrigerator, take out the bag of veggies or tray of meat, and check whether the contents are involved in the latest food recall.

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Fermenting or Pickling: What is the Difference?

pickled peppers

Photo by Christopher Shockey

Editor’s Note: We’re happy to announce our guest blogger today is fermentation expert and author Kirsten K. Shockey. She has a wealth of information to share, and in this post, she tackles a question we hear often at Lehman’s. Enjoy!

What is the difference between fermenting and pickling? It is a common question. In a way, it is just as much a semantics question as it is a process question. Continue reading

How to Prune Your Flowering Bushes

pruning bushFlowering bushes are a wonderful splash of color to your landscape. They provide a changing rainbow through the spring into the summer. But, pruning flowering bushes can be intimidating. Continue reading

Downsizing for a Simpler Life

complicated or simpleAs night fell, I realize how exhausted I was. Do you know what my family and I spent the last week doing? Packing, boxing, schlepping, unpacking and unboxing, more schlepping. Stuff. Just lots of stuff. We are downsizing and as we move from a larger home to a smaller one, we are going through all of our stuff. Continue reading

Stacy Says: Advice for Healthy Eating and Living

doug and stacy

Here are Stacy and Doug, homesteading experts and YouTube vloggers of “Off Grid with Doug and Stacy.”

Stacy says…

I was fortunate enough to hang out with YouTube vloggers and homesteaders Doug and Stacy at their Meet and Greet last November at Lehman’s, as were hundreds of our customers and their fans. We are pleased to announce that they are visiting again for our Country Living Workshop the last weekend in June, along with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and many respected local demonstrators. Continue reading

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Raising Chickens

family with chickens and coopEditor’s Note: We brought back chicken expert Lisa Steele to share with you essential info for raising your own flock. Pull up a chair – it’s going to be good!

Raising a small flock of backyard chickens can be a rewarding and exciting experience for the whole family, but before you dive in, there are a few things you should know. Continue reading