Amish Country Autumn: Leaves Top In World

Fall in Amish Country

Below, you’ll see a great poem by Allison Ervin (granddaughter of founder Jay Lehman), celebrating autumn in Amish Country. Want to experience it yourself? Don’t miss Amish Country in leaf peeping season! Our own Holmes County, Ohio is #3 in the world on NatGeo’s Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves.

And National Geographic’s Four Seasons of Travel book says, “In the heart of central Ohio’s Amish Country, maple, oak, and the iconic state tree, the buckeye, hang over narrow roads that meander through wavy fields of corn. Drive under the boughs of bright reds and yellows, sharing the road with horse-drawn carriages of the Old Order Amish and stopping at roadside farm stands along the way.” Continue reading

Fall Fun at Lehman’s

lehman's storeKick off fall with the best of family fun at Lehman’s! After all, there is no better time to visit Ohio’s Amish Country with the scenic views and beautiful fall foliage. Keep reading to learn more about our Fall 2021 events happening at our store – we hope to see you there! Continue reading

How to Use a Breathing Mobile Washer

breathing mobile washerWashing clothes used to be one of the most backbreaking chores for women. There were two reasons for this: the lack of automation, and the lack of modern detergents. The widespread use of both automation and detergents meant that what used to be an all-day task became a simple matter of tossing clothes into a machine, adding some detergent, and pressing a button.

However, this widespread automation means off-grid laundry is almost a forgotten art. Fortunately there have been amazing advances in non-electric laundry options. These new advances will work for those who are off-grid, living in apartments, RVers, or others who don’t have continuous access to a washing machine.

One of the most popular and inexpensive off-grid laundry options is the breathing mobile washer. Continue reading

Pandemic Preparedness with Kathy Harrison

Kathy Harrison

Kathy Harrison, author of Prepping 101, shares her tips on how to prepare your family for the current pandemic.

For more than a decade I have been writing books and articles, teaching classes and presenting workshops on preparing your family for emergencies. I focused primarily on short-term events like fires, floods, hurricanes and winter storms because those were the most likely scenarios. In January, things changed. News reports began to filter in about a novel coronavirus, one with pandemic potential. Early in February, I sent out an email blast to family and friends suggesting it was time to take preparing seriously and get ready for long-term disruptions to supply chains and public services. Some people listened to me. Most didn’t. So here we are. While things are looking more hopeful in some parts of the country, it is clear that this virus is going to be impacting our lives for the foreseeable future. This begs an important question. Is it too late to prepare? To that I say an emphatic no! But where to begin? What are the critical areas to address that can help your family face the winter more comfortably and with less anxiety? Continue reading

The Best Way to Make Apple Cider

Lehman's Cider PressNow 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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Emergency Planning: Preparedness Month is Here

Basic Survival First Aid KitWe have a saying here at Lehman’s, “Be prepared, not scared.”

Preparedness is an important part of living a simpler life. Being prepared just means taking simple steps to keep yourself and your family safe and secure when supply lines are frayed or broken. Before you can plan, you should start with thinking about likely challenges you could face. Power outages and severe weather are common threats for many of us. Continue reading

10 Ways To Manage Homeschooling (And Actually Enjoy It!)

homeschooling kidsWho’s suddenly finding themselves being involuntary homeschoolers?! I have some friends whose kids are already home and some who are preparing for it.

I’m here to give you some tips for being sudden homeschoolers from those of us who certainly aren’t perfect, but maybe just used to it. Here are some things that can help you in the process! Continue reading

Building Community as a Preparedness Strategy

neighbor helping neighborLast week our close-knit neighborhood experienced a terrifying event. A fast-moving wildfire swept through, burned one house to the ground, destroyed several barns and outbuildings, leveled fences, and torched majestic trees. Miraculously no lives were lost, either human or livestock.

The older couple whose house was destroyed has been reeling in shock – not just the shock of losing everything they own (except their livestock), but the shock of how strongly everyone has rallied around to help them in their time of need. Continue reading

The Benefits of Elderberry

I always love spring. Today I found myself crisscrossing a neighbor’s farm, looking over cows. Birds sang. Squirrels foraged. And while we went along ponds, around sinkholes, and along wood and fence lines we found… elderberry! It was once said that you couldn’t go more than a hundred feet in most of the US without running into one. Now, this important plant is far harder to find. But why is the elder so valuable? Continue reading

How to Make Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

basket of cucumbersGrab the cucumbers. Today we’re making pickles!

Refrigerator pickles are easy to make, and they’re a great way to use up those cucumbers from your garden. With some simple boiling and mixing, you’ll have instant pickles. Continue reading