The Benefits of Planting Native Plants

butterfly on flowerAll year long, homeowners across the globe do everything humanly possible to improve their landscaping. And with the numerous plant and flower species available at the garden centers and nursery, they are spoiled for choice, and they can give their backyard any look they desire. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know how native plants can benefit the environment, garden, birds, and even pollinators.

Native crops have evolved over the last few centuries to their habitat; therefore, they can thrive in their native area. And compared to exotic plants, the native ones can also save you time, cash, and resources. After all, just because a crop can grow in a particular region doesn’t mean that it should be planted there. Landscaping with exotic crops can increase your expenses and even outgrow the native plants. Continue reading

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream the Traditional Way

chocolate ice cream

Editor’s Note: Nothing beats homemade ice cream! In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Galen Lehman, president of Lehman’s and son of founder Jay Lehman, is sharing how to make this sweet treat in a traditional ice cream freezer (like the one pictured above).

Our family spent 10 years in Africa doing missionary and disaster relief work. In those days, dairy products and especially ice cream were rarely available. Our version of a great party included homemade ice cream (if we could find the ingredients). Fortunately, the list is short: Cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla. And, if you can’t get the first three ingredients, Carnation Condensed Milk and vanilla makes a passable (but not especially great) substitute.

The real question with every homemade ice cream party is “hand cranked” or “electric”? Continue reading

Bruce the Alligator Man is Coming to Lehman’s

Bruce MitchellEditor’s Note: Mark your calendars – Bruce the Alligator Man from Swamp Adventures is coming to Lehman’s this August (2021)! In celebration, we’re sharing our interview with Bruce. Read on for more about him, about his upcoming visit to Lehman’s, and how to get your FREE tickets to attend this event.

It’s not often you meet someone who wrestles alligators for a living, but that is literally what Bruce Mitchell does. Honestly.

When Bruce married Janet back in 1980, he married into a family that ran the world’s first and largest alligator farm dating back five decades. Tucked in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, Bruce started farming alligators at the tender age of 20, along with his wife and father-in-law. Continue reading

Discover Mrs. Lehman’s Recipes for Easy Meals

canned meat cookbookCraving delicious homemade meals but don’t have a lot of time? Fear not, Friend. We’ve got you covered!

For 35 years, Mrs. Lehman has been working her kitchen magic. We collected 18 of her favorite easy recipes and combined them into one mouthwatering cookbook that is made with busy cooks in mind. After all, the best part of cooking is sharing the meal with your loved ones. Continue reading

The Joys of Ohio’s Amish Country

Editor’s Note: National Simplicity Day is July 12. In celebration, we are taking you on a photo tour of our favorite place, Ohio’s Amish Country, an area known for its simplicity and beautiful views. Enjoy!

Slow, relaxing and rural – welcome to Ohio’s Amish Country.

Rolling hills, farmland and horses enjoying a grassy snack.horses in summertime Continue reading

How to Make Strawberry Jam

Holding finished strawberry jam

Making homemade jam is simpler than you think.

Homemade strawberry jam has long since been a staple in the Lehman family kitchen. I grew up watching my brother eat it on toast, my dad scoop it up with crackers as a sweet dessert, and my mom prepare it from scratch. It wasn’t until recent years, however, that I joined her in the annual jam making. Continue reading

Leaving the City for a Simpler Life

father and son on farmThe year 2020 has brought about many changes. One of the most exciting is the number of people embarking on new journeys toward a simpler life.

These journeys take many forms. While some people are restricted to growing a windowsill garden in an apartment, a huge number are moving to suburban or rural areas and starting over. In fact, there has been an enormous exodus of people leaving the cities, anxious to find their own version of a quieter and more self-sustaining lifestyle. Continue reading

If You Haven’t Been To Lehman’s Lately, Then You Haven’t Been!

lehman's store frontOn the square in Kidron, Ohio, Lehman’s exists to provide creative solutions for a simpler life. From our products to our events, there’s fun for everyone at Lehman’s. In fact, Lehman’s has been voted Best Destination in Ohio’s Amish Country five years in a row! Continue reading

A Tribute to Our Founder Jay Lehman 1929-2020

Jay with his treesHappy Father’s Day to all the dads and father figures in our lives! In honor of the day, we’re paying tribute to Lehman’s founder Jay Lehman. Jay worked tirelessly his whole life, dedicated to family, faith, and community – the framework of life well-lived. Continue reading

Doing the Necessary in the Midst of the Hard

father and son on homesteadWe’ve heard it time and again that life on the farm (or homestead, or in parenting) doesn’t stop even when times are hard. Weather’s bad? The cows still need milked. Didn’t sleep well last night? Kids still get up before dawn. It’s crazy hot out? The garden still needs tending. There are things that simply need to be done whether or not we feel like it. Continue reading