5 Things I Learned My First Month as a Beekeeper

beekeepingAfter attending beekeeping classes at Lehman’s, a beekeeping convention in Wooster, and watching countless YouTube videos, I knew about as many beekeeping basics as I thought was possible without actually getting my hands on my bees. Finally, they came! It was an exciting and a bit of a nerve-racking experience to pick them up and get them home, but watching the beekeepers where we got them handle them with ease, I tried to just stay calm and do in real life what I had been envisioning for the last several months. Installation was so fun and interesting. Though not without some trouble, the bees got in and got fed, and I’ve loved watching them work. Continue reading

Secret to the BEST ice cream? Get crankin’

immergood amish ice cream freezerEditor’s Note: This article was originally posted in June 2015.

Our favorite foods and our best memories are inextricably linked. The flavor and aroma takes us back to those times of laughter, joy and camaraderie. And, what food is a better sweet memory starter than ice cream? What are your favorite ice cream memories? Running after the ice cream truck as its bell rings its way past your house? Sharing the cold sweetness with cousins at a summer family reunion?

Mine revolve around the ice cream freezer, because we always like to make our own. In fact, our hand-cranked ice cream freezer took on mythical importance to our family life. It was like an ice cream fount of goodness, the horn of plenty from which sprang sweet, creamy cold-on-a-hot-summer-day fun. Continue reading

The Pants Stretcher: Our Solution to Wrinkle-Free Pants!

pants stretcherWhat has two legs, no arms, and over 100 reviews on our website? That would be one of Lehman’s most loved products, the Pants Stretcher.

Don’t let the name fool you. The Pants Stretcher is not for stretching out your pants’ waistband, something I initially thought when I heard its name. No, this old-time gadget is a savvy way to get crisp, wrinkle-free pants without ever picking up an iron. Continue reading

Join Us for Some Summer Fun at Lehman’s

lehman's store frontThe weather is getting warmer, vacations are being planned, and school is letting out for the summer. Pack up that car and head over to Lehman’s, in Kidron, Ohio (the gateway to Amish Country). There are so many special events this summer, you’ll see why Lehman’s was voted the Best Destination in Amish Country…three years in a row.  Continue reading

The Chicken Class at Lehman’s: A Beginner’s Guide

chicken in coopI do not have chickens. And until recently, my knowledge of chickens consisted of my weekly carton of eggs from the grocery store and an old black and white photograph from my great grandfather. Though the photo is creased and ripped, the image is still clear – a modest chicken coop with a flock of hens. Continue reading

From the Garden: Veggie Taco Tuesday

veggie tacosVeggie Taco Tuesday? What do veggies and tacos have to do with each other? Well, I don’t know about your family but mine loves tacos. They could probably eat them almost every day. And why not? They have to be one of the most versatile foods on earth and even my pickiest eater will eat them at home when she can make them herself. Continue reading

Why Spending Time Outside Matters

family outsideLet’s face it. Most of us spend a portion of our day looking at a screen of some form – computers, tablets, the latest smartphone. Technologically speaking, we are more connected than we have ever been. We get news 24/7. We can watch videos on just about anything with a quick internet search. Continue reading

Sustainable Farming with Joel Salatin (Coming to Lehman’s!)

joel salatinEditor’s Note: Have you heard the exciting news? Joel Salatin is joining us for our Country Living Workshop next month in Kidron, Ohio. Here’s a sneak peek of Joel’s farming practices and approach to homesteading.

Intro: Making a Living on a Homestead

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a living from a homestead, there’s a man who can tell you: Joel Salatin is that man. His family owns Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Continue reading

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