GIVEAWAY: “Filthy Farmgirl, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a fanciful farmgirl soap from Hawaii’s Filthy Farmgirl. Their ultra-cute labels have a decidedly tongue-in-cheek attitude—their “Live Nakedly” motto refers to their 100-percent natural ingredients, and a few of their titles bend toward the bawdy with double meanings, but there are lots of options for good, clean farmgirl fun.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Finally, Hand soap for Land Girls! I love it!!!

    A tip I have is if you have been clearing out an area where there was poison ivy, wash your hands, arms, and legs well with Fels-Naptha soap before showering. The soap helps remove all the poison ivy oils from your skin so you don’t spread it around to other areas of your body.

  2. Stephanie Guevara says:

    I unzip and remove my couch cushion and pillow covers and run them through a wash cycle. They have to be put back on damp and dried in then sun or they are next to impossible to get back on. Most fabrics can be washed this way, even a lot that say they can’t!

  3. How lovely!
    My favorite clean up tip is less about cleaning and MORE about how to keep things clean. I am a single mama to a two year old daughter. I own my own business, write from home, and spend most of my time…you guessed it! At home! It is SO easy for our houses to become a mess when they are cluttered, and having a young child- believe me! I get how fast that can happen. My tip is to learn that less IS more. You do not need all of those things that clutter your home and heart? Why let them stress you out? Learn to declutter your home and you will have less to clean! <3

  4. Linda says:

    I love bathing with natural soaps. My clean-up tip is to make your own laundry soap – liquid or dry – using Washing Soda, Borax, and grated bar soap. There are several “recipes” on the Internet like the one from

  5. Borax, its the best for good safe cleaning, and it even keeps fleas at bay. I add it to my washer when I do laundry and it really amps up the cleaning power.

  6. Chrissy says:

    I like to use baking soda to clean the sink, and it’s really good on a damp dishcloth as safe, slightly abrasive cleaner on the cook stove.

  7. Christine Erdman says:

    I love to use natural products for cleaning as there are way to many harmful chemicals in our cleaning supplies. These chemicals harm our environment and also us… So lets all try to be more conscious of the things we use around our home for our families safety. Good old fashion Ivory Soap is very good at getting stains out of clothing.

  8. Carol Vagher says:

    I clean everything with either baking soda or peroxide!

  9. Deborah McKissic says:

    I love the natural, big, soap bars. After working outside you can soap up your hands with a bar of soap and stick your nails into it to clean under them..of course, garden gloves are an option…but, I always seem to end up outdoors without them! I also like to clean with vinegar…vinegar and water..equal amounts with some pure essential lemon oil (like that from mountain rose herbs) about 10 drops or more…shake it up..put in a spray cleans wood floors, glass, sinks, counter tops….my spray bottle says “Mrs. McKissic’s vinegar, water and lemon oil all purpose cleaner” on it…wrote on there by my grandson! Safe around the grandkids….I also like murphy’s oil soap for my wood floors….walls….a clean smell….like someone has been cleaning all day…

  10. jaylyn m says:

    Here’s what I do when cleaning the house. I sweep everything that’s laying on the floor into a pile, and say “okay kids, if you don’t want it thrown in the trash, you need to put it away.” As for any other type of cleaning…who has time for that??

  11. Cathy R says:

    I use vinegar and water to clean most everything in the kitchen and bathrooms. I was making my own laundry soup using the recipe I found in your magazine but when I got a high energy washer, I was told not to use it. Is it safe? I loved the scent and how it cleaned the laundry!

  12. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Before heading outdoors I stick my fingernails into a cake of soap (even if I will be wearing gardening gloves) and find that my nails are so much easier to clean when I am done. That gardening dirt doesn’t get so embedded under my nails and they clean up so nicely.

  13. Kathleeen Becker says:

    To get the bottoms of copper pots back to their original shine just rub ketchup on bottom of pot let sit about 20 minutes,then wash . shinning again,works for me all the time.

  14. Kathleeen Becker says:

    by the way I just love your magazine!

  15. Dusty Cannon says:

    Baking soda is a wonder! I like to sprinkle the carpet with it before vacuuming. Nice and fresh!

  16. Pamela Shearer says:

    End cuts from your local newspaper office are usually available for free. The ends are ink-free. It cleans windows and glass without streaking, is great for packing paper, and can be used under craft projects to protect your table. I always keep a stack.

  17. Carol R. says:

    Don’t throw away your newspaper (black and white pages). I wad them up and use them to clean the inside glass of my lanterns after using them. Cleans them right up.

  18. Marion O says:

    I, too, have become a fan of vinegar. I put some baking soda in sinks and pour some vinegar in. It really helps freshen drains.

  19. Michelle Naujeck says:

    Baking soda! Baking soda! Under my arms, mixed with vinegar for the countertops, straight-up with elbow grease in the tub.

  20. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    I am truly simplifying my bath & body cupboards & drawers. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap can serve as both shampoo & body wash in the shower. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer from head to toes. Presently my favorite bar soaps are those made by a girlfriend – but she recently moved to a town over an hour away :(.

  21. Ashley Christensen says:

    For cleaning me: I love castile soap! There are so many scents too…like lavender, which is my fav!

  22. Dawn Overholt says:

    I use baking soda to clean potatoes before baking. It also will clean and kill bugs on greens fresh from the garden. I put baking soda in the water and soak greens and rinses afterwards.

  23. Aja says:

    I just discovered norwex cloths for cleaning! Love them–only water is needed!

  24. Joan H says:

    I’ve stopped using cleanser on my face altogether. Last year I started mixing sweet almond oil and castor oil Ava using it at night to dissolve make up and grime. Amazing. Fewer breakouts, no dry spots. Just rinse with a warm, wet cloth. In the morning, just warm water.

  25. Teresa Stiner says:

    I put some vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher before I run it. Helps to keep D/W clean and with rinsing.

  26. Dana says:

    2-4 oz of hydrogen peroxide in the dishwasher and washing machine along with the detergent to an extra boost in cleaning and keeping the machinery clean as well!!

  27. Angie K says:

    One of my favorite ways to clean or things to clean with is lemon! It smells great and acidity is perfect for the job! Especially on the cutting board. Also a standard borax all purpose cleaner, mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon water. Store and keep. You can use it for removing water deposit stains on shower panels, bathroom fixtures ect.

  28. Donna Flory says:

    I use vinegar instead of Rinse Aid in my dishwasher and instead of Fabric Softener in my washing machine. Leaves dishes cleaner and clothes softer.

  29. Joyce Huber says:

    My clean up tip using vinegar and dawn soap to clean the shower. Boil the vinegar in the microwave, put in a spray bottle, add dawn soap, shake to incorporate. Spray in the shower, wait awhile then scrub and rinse. First time you may have to scrub more, but if you continue to use it gets easier.

  30. Monica Jean says:

    I use a paste of Dawn and baking soda to clean cooked grease off of my muffin tins.

  31. Britt Ahlmann Wrick says:

    I am a stickler for clean windows. Especially with little wet dog & cat noses constantly smudging them up, I end up cleaning certain windows every day! I use newspaper to clean the windows instead of paper towels or cloth rag. When I need to clean windows inside and out I stick with the vertical swipes when inside, horizontal swipes outside. Then if I notice any streaks later, I will know which side to clean.

  32. Lynnette Dodge says:

    I purchased some balls of ewe yarn and use them instead of static/fabric softeners. almost two years later they still are effective.

  33. Vinegar and lemon Essential Oils are my favorites. The vinegar cuts through some pretty nasty grime and disinfects at the same time.

  34. Diana burne says:

    Before putting on gloves and going out to garden lightly run your finger tips over a bar of soap. Getting a little soap under your nails prevents discolor get from dirt and weeds

  35. Christine says:

    Borax in the laundry and baking soda and salt for cleaning an old, much loved, and much abused porcelain kitchen sink.

  36. Cindy See says:

    I like to use newspaper to rub and put a shine on glass and mirrors. My Aunt Beverly showed me that trick.She had 12 children and lots of fingerprints to keep clean.

  37. Esther Doerksen says:

    Keep the dogs out of the house! (Of course that doesn’t happen, but if it did, my house sure would be cleaner!:)

  38. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    nail brush! have to use a nail brush. top and bottom and all around my fingers. always helps to have a sinkful of dishes to take care of. a little therapy and good smelling hands.

  39. Kelly ONeal says:

    My two most used items around the house for cleaning are vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. For the dryer I use wool drier balls and hang clothes out otherwise. Love Mary Janes Forum and magazines.

  40. Deon Matzen says:

    We have loved Filthy Farmgirl soaps since we discovered them in Hilo. My husband swears by the licorice and I love the Clementine. I save all the wrappers as they are a kick to read.

  41. Sandy Koenig says:

    My clean up tip is when I am washing a new clothing item that is a dark color I add a cup of white vinegar to the wash water to help set the colors. I do this with the new quilts I make and wash be for giving a way.

  42. Norine Schmitt says:

    Save pieces of soap,tie them tightly in a piece of soft flannel,and dip in boiling water until soft. Place in cold water until firm. Remove the flannel and a good ball of soap is ready for use.

  43. My favorite cleaning idea is to soak the humidifier parts, water-stained jars & glasses in white vinegar overnight. It does a good job removing the white residue from our city water.

  44. Nisha says:

    To get musty smells out of wet farm clothes, I soak them in vinegar for an hour and then regular wash.

  45. Linda Lamphier says:

    My favorite clean-up tip involves poison ivy. I am exposed to it frequently as I weed in other people’s yards! Wash as soon as possible with cold water and soap that is not anti-bacterial. Another option is to make a poultice with baking soda and let it dry on the infected skin. Lemon Joy dish soap is mild, and rubbing it directly on the skin until it froths and leaving it to dry works well, too. If you can’t get inside to wash right away, rub gritty sand on your exposed skin to neutralize the oil. With all these options to choose from (and others), I rarely get a rash any more. Making your own DIY laundry soap with Fels-Naptha, borax, and Washing Powder also takes the oils out of your clothes!

  46. Michele Krokes says:

    I like to use my old pumice stones to clean the lime rings around my toilets.

  47. Sandy Rees says:

    To clean my shower I just put some shampoo on a wet crunchy and scrub away while I’m in the shower.

  48. Robin Darling says:

    I’m a big believer in the power of white vinegar! Cleans everything and is so natural!

  49. Nancy Bronson says:

    I use baking soda and vinegar to clean my toilets. It doesn’t put chemicals into the septic system and ground water. Anything to save the earth and creatures.

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GIVEAWAY: “RePurpose with Cari, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win samples of Cari Cucksey’s RePurpose Chroma•Color ReColor Paint in my favorite color combination, turquoise and red.

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  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    If I win the paint, I’d like to re-purpose an old milk can that I purchased at a garage sale last year. It would look great at my campsite to put my campfire forks and pie makers in!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I will have to try and catch a “Cash and Cari” show on HGTV. She reminds me of Flea Flip with Lara from ABC TV (I think?) It is amazing what great rehabs people can come up with. Totally useful and out of the ordinary! At this moment, a specific idea of what to repurpose is missing, but I keep thinking an old cabinet for the porch would be fun to act as storage for various things.

  3. marijka says:

    I’d love to add these paints to my ongoing (10 year!) armoire project. 🙂 I’ve been adding layer after layer of pattern to turn a plain hotel piece into a luscious Moroccan-inspired extravaganza!

  4. Linda says:

    I have an old chair on my front porch that is minus a seat, so I have a plant in a blue enamelware pot sitting in it. The paint would really spruce up the chair.

  5. Christine Erdman says:

    I would love to win the free paint as I have a very old antique chair that needs painting and would look adorable in those colors for my garden shed porch.

  6. Carol Vagher says:

    I have a garden bench that really needs a new paint job!

  7. jaylyn m says:

    Using scraps of wood and pallets, I want to build an outdoor kitchen for my kids (and myself) to play with!

  8. Denice Webb says:

    I have an old steamer trunk that stores fabric in my sewing room. It sure could use a facelift. Maybe a little red and turquoise paint would give it a little sparkle.

  9. Kristi Erck says:

    I would love to paint an old wooden display for my miniatures that I collect!

  10. Judy k says:

    Oh! If i win the paints,i will re purpose my mothers 1960 kenmore sewing machine cabinet! It would be perfect…

  11. Dana says:

    Within a week of each other, I was given a couple “farmhouse” chairs — a Momma Bear size and a Baby Bear size. I’d like to paint one turquoise and one red — see if that catches the eyes of shoppers in my little antiques/collectibles booth! Yay!

  12. Michele stone says:

    If i win we plan to paint our kitchen table an chairs love restoring old things to make them new again. Something my husband an I like doing together 🙂

  13. Renee Fisher says:

    The trial-sized paints will be perfect to refinish an old wooden picture frame for my very first pastel painting. It’s of a line-up of old canning jars in various sizes and colors that hold staples on my kitchen counter. I loved the challenge of painting the jars to look “see through” like real glass!

  14. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    I have a number of projects in mind! A simple little dresser purchased at a garage sale as well as an old-fashioned folding chair: both are now just tired varnish – they need some pizzazz!

  15. Ashley Christensen says:

    If I win the paint, I would love to re paint a vanity that I found online. The middle flips up and reveals a mirror on the lid and a secret storage area!

  16. Dawn Overholt says:

    I have refinished items in the past but had to leave my supplies in Florida when we moved to TN. It would be nice to have some new paints for the next project.

  17. karen sanford says:

    I would love to win Cari’s paints! Red and turquoise are truly my favorite colors.I plan to paint my Mother’s old drrssor in turquoise and my porch swing red!!!

  18. Donna says:

    My re-purpose plan is to paint the dinning room chairs that were in my parents house for years. I think the colors will make them come back to life yet still be able to have the great memories of the family dinners sitting around the table on the family farm.

  19. JAN WESTON says:

    I would like to try my hand doing a redo on an old end table. It is light oak and has a v shape shelve. Help me make it “mine”.

  20. Amanda Warren says:

    Would live to use it on a dresser (re•purposed) for my daughter! The colors look very clean and vibrant!!

  21. Joyce Huber says:

    I would repurpose and old end table.

  22. Kathleen says:

    I can’t wait to use the paint for my kitchen table chairs- they are so loved and just need a little refreshing:) I love repurposing furniture – love the funds and deals at the habitat humanity restore – great deals and the money goes towards the good works at habitat for humanity- bonus:)

  23. Christine says:

    I use cardboard dulcimers for teaching my kindergarten students. Most were painted, but a couple weren’t. Since the dulcimers live on my classroom wall, it would be fun to paint one red and one turquoise to make them really stand out (the others are sort of a barn red.)

  24. Heike says:

    i just purchased this fabu round dining room table with drawers and a secret compartment! That is my next paint/re-purpose project!

  25. Heather (nndairy) says:

    I inherited an old chest that I want to keep blankets in in my living room. It’s been used through the years and has a lot of scratches and a few chips out of it. I think this paint would be a great color combination to spruce up the old chest!

  26. Lauren Akridge says:

    Love the colors! Would use on a Chippendale garden bench.

  27. Linda Harris says:

    I would redo my end tables and coffee table I been wanting to tackle for sure,

  28. Sarah Wilson says:

    I have an old, solid wood arm chair that was made for a mental institution in Maine. It weighs a ton…and wants to be happy and red ;)!

  29. Chris Davis says:

    I have an old dresser, nice and solid but soooo ugly with many peeling layers of old nasty paint. I would love to use this to make it lovely again!

  30. I love “Cash and Cari” and would like to try her paints. I do a lot of crafting so these paints would be great!

  31. Jeanne says:

    I would love to win the paints for 2 kitchen chairs that I have. We are building a house, and I am working on the furniture for the dining room, using an antique square table from my husband’s uncle, along with a corner bench that I found at a resale shop, and a splash of color on the 2 chairs would be perfect!

  32. christy wilkinson says:

    i have a vintage picnic basket that is looking a little shabby.

  33. Vanessa Ferrell says:

    We have a tiny pop up camper that we pull with our motorcycle. We are getting new canvas, putting in a new table, and I will make new cushions. The turquoise paint would freshen up the ceiling, and the red would go on the wooden box that holds camping supplies.

  34. Dawn says:

    Repurpose a bench into a quaint storage container

  35. I plan to repurpose a small closet. Thank you for the giveaway. 🙂

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GIVEAWAY: “Mountain Rose Herbs, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win my favorite botanical salve from Mountain Rose Herbs, an “herbs, health, and harmony company” from Eugene, Oregon.


Enter to win one of four 2-oz tins of Mountain Rose Herbs’ Injur-Heal Balm—with organic calendula flowers, fresh wild-harvested St. John’s Wort flowers, organic arnica flowers, organic lavender, and more—by telling me how you support organic agriculture in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw four lucky winners in mid-November, when the Oct/Nov issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I support organic agriculture by always trying to purchase fresh organic produce and staples.

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I support organics whenever I can. I now have a share in a goat herd, just to receive fresh, unpasteurized milk each week, buy at the farmers’ market for the things we don’t grow. I also buy fair trade coffees & teas. I love it all!

  3. Deborah McKissic says:

    Ohh..I love shopping at mountain rose herbs..and their recipes for making your own tinctures, salves, teas…so much info on their website…they are a wonderful company and I support them by being a customer..I shop my local farmers market and buy only organic produce and honey…and, today is farmer’s market day! I grow organically myself…love the honey at our local farmers market and I will stock up for this winter..I like to make flavored honeys…use it in my tea and baking…would love to win a tin of this salve and try it out…my grandkids always get bumps and scrapes, bug bites..this would be great to have around!

  4. Carla says:

    I just subscribed to your magazine and I am anxious to get my first issue. Hmmm…how do I support organic agriculture? Well, I support in theory and deed, but I am not sure if that is what you mean. Last spring I became really ill and couldn’t shake it off…even after a round of antibiotic and steroids, which I HATE taking any kind of pharmaceutical. So I took a class on Essential Oils, tossed out all chemicals from my house and started making many of my own products. I try to buy organic whenever possible, but I live on eighty acres outside of a small town in Texas and I don’t have many resources. I wish there was a farmers market closer than sixty miles. I am trying to eat more whole foods. I will confess that I am still working full time and cooking after my work day is difficult to do. I do manage to throw something together quickly most nights and my husband is okay with that, although he would rather have chicken fried steak and fries. He is not into vegetables at all. I will say that one of my “retirement bucket list” items is to garden and have chickens. My daughter had chickens for a couple of years, but last spring, just before the drought ended by the glorious rain, coyotes came in and within two weeks killed them all. She is a full time college student, but hopefully, we can fortify her coop and get more. All of her neighbors lost theirs to coyotes also. I have ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs and would like to learn more about herbs.

  5. Margie Cunningham says:

    Our family buys locally and organically whenever we can. We grow and preserve our own foods – we try and support others who do so as well.

  6. I own my own seed company and grow all my own plants organically and save the seeds and sell them on my website :
    I guess since I farm organically year round, that is my biggest way to support organic agriculture.

  7. As the city builds up around us it becomes more and more of a challenge to stay organic. BUT, I do try to buy from the Farmers’ Markets when I can and buy organic where available in the grocery stores. In addition I try to buy “local” when the stores have local produce, etc.

    Like Carla, I recently discovered the essential oils and have already removed Claritin from my cabinet. Currently I am working with cinnamon bark oil to (hopefully) take down my cholesterol so I can avoid any prescription “medicines.”

    Apologies for the blog — it is in real need of some current material!

  8. Stephanie Guevara says:

    I buy organic seed for my gardens and buy organic foods, clothes, towels, and bedding, etc.

  9. Chrissy says:

    What I don’t raise organically in my own gardens, I purchase locally, and organically from the Farmer’s Market. It is difficult when most of the neighbors are not of the same mind.

  10. Laura says:

    We grow a lot of our own produce and use organic practices! We also have ducks and use their droppings as natural fertilizer!

  11. Linda says:

    I LOVE organic, it just taste better! I raise my own organic hens for eggs and grind organic wheat for breads, pastas and cookies. I also grow an organic garden, again because it just has a better flavor.
    Thank you Mary Jane for asking a most important question and bring so many relevant issues to the fore front! Please keep up the good work.

  12. Jeanette Walpole says:

    My family and I support organic agriculture by shopping at the local farmer’s market instead of the retail chain stores whenever possible. The produce is amazing and often times significantly cheaper too! We also use our egg shells, banana peels, and other bit and pieces to make our own compost at home.

  13. Christine Erdman says:

    I love everything organic. That is why I started to make my own soap, because if you can’t pronounce the ingredients that can’t be good. I feel the less ingredients the better the products is for you..

  14. Carol Vagher says:

    I grow and quite successfully my own organic vegetables all summer long.

  15. jaylyn m says:

    Purchasing organically grown produce, baked goods, or added value crafts from a local source whenever possible.

  16. Lindalue says:

    I grow my own vegetables and raise backyard chickens!

  17. Nancy Coughlin says:

    I try to buy locally and organically whenever possible. We have a wonderful Farmer’s Market and getting to meet the certified organic growers and talking with them is the the very best. They always have the time to answer questions and to share their information.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    I buy regularly from local farmers markets in addition to organic vegetable gardening. I don’t use pesticides in my garden and replaced the landscaping shrubs with bee and butterfly loving plants.

  19. Judy kurtz says:

    I shop at our farmers market always.alot of their produce and meats are organic…just love it..

  20. Michelle Naujeck says:

    I support organic agriculture by maintaining relationships with farmers at my local farmers markets. I particularly love being able to go up to my “Tomato Man” and asking if he’s got a box of mushies for me to sauce and can each week!

    Gardening, cooking, and buying locally and organically was instilled in me by my parents. It grew up on a dairy farm in upstate NY, and although I have just a small garden myself right now, I have plans in the works for bees, chickens, and a better garden.

    Relationships are just as important as the produce. It feels great to know that your farmer has got a box put aside just for you with both “the usual” and sometimes the unusual!

  21. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    I serve on the board of our local Farmers Market. If possible, I always purchase either local or organic and buy as little as possible from big box stores. We grow some of our own organic produce in our backyard garden and are hoping to purchase some acreage soon!!!

  22. Margie Hughes says:

    love your magazine and books. I bought my 1957 Aljo because of you. Then bought your Glamping book

  23. Dawn Overholt says:

    I try to support locally produced items. Our grocery store has a section when foods produced in TN are found. I go to our local Mennonite store for some of their items. Where organic is not always possible I do try for naturally grown or made.

  24. Aja says:

    I love going to my local farmer’s market and supporting organic farms in my area and choosing organic when I can at the grocery store.

  25. Nancy says:

    I support both where I live now & also where I will be moving next year — support the local farmer’s markets & other related small businesses.

  26. Kelly ONeal says:

    I love Mountain Rose Herbs. I have been turning to an all organic lifestyle over the past several years myself. I do have a ways to go yet but we feel healthier and happier thus far. I to try making my own herbal remedies but am much newer to that.

  27. Beth C says:

    In 2011 I had a health scare and since that time have tried to go more organic. I have purchased organic foods and then in 2014 I joined a local CSA which was amazing, but had me thinking if they can grow it why cann’t I. I had my son build me a raised garden this year where we had wonderful tomatoes, zuchinni, cucumbers, cantoloupe, and water melon. Our peppers didn’t turn out as well but I am 100% sure we over stuffed our garden this year and know for next year some tricks. PS….we pulled our first and only pumpkin but how neat is that?

  28. Corine Runnion says:

    I support organic agriculture by growing everything in my garden organically and buying organic pooducts.

  29. Eleonora says:

    I support organic agriculture in every moment of my life: having a veg garden with saved and heirloom seeds, buying local from a farmer just round the corner who is not using pesticides. I’m a forager and cook in my own restaurant with wilds, wild herbs and ancient recipes from my grandma not to waste food. Always sustainably. This is what everyone should do to keep our earth safe, for us and our children, and our hearts safe, for our ancestors made before. 😉

  30. Gail Young says:

    Thankfully it is getting easier to find online shops and services that pledge to be organic. We have tried for years to garden organically and now, more and more, local stores are carrying organic items and food. We like to support our small town neighborhood shops committed to healthy living.

  31. Carol Chesley says:

    I support organic agriculture by raising hens for farm fresh eggs!

  32. Nancy Perry says:

    I am blessed that I am in an area with many, many, organic farms and stores. I do not eat processed foods and always try to eat locally. I am a new gardener for vegetables and fruits and love getting close to the soil and know I can pick my own fresh vegetables.

  33. arlene wilder says:

    I have 5 acres and have learned how to farm 1/8th of an acre for preserving and canning. I have fruit, peacan, paw paw, loquat, mayjaw, meyers lemon a variety. I have famers dry hands I would love to try one of Mountain Herb Products sounds wonderful.

  34. Joyce Huber says:

    I support organic agriculture by having my own garden and living on a farm.

  35. Carol Wege says:

    I support local farmers that raise organic vegetables and eggs. I also have raised four children who hold the same beliefs in supporting local farmers markets and doing things to help our earth and the people on it.

  36. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    I support all of our local mini farms at the Farmers Market that rotates to a different farm each week-end. Always buy produce in be tween at local fruit stand. grow my own garden with no chemicals and no gmo seeds. very carefully read labels so I know where food products come from before I buy.

  37. Mindy says:

    I support organic agriculture by buying from local organic farmers markets in my area!

  38. Sydney says:

    We eat homegrown or wild meat, buy heirloom seeds and try to avoid as many chemicals as possible! Still learning and trying to compost. 😄

  39. Donna Borthwick says:

    I support organic agri first by growing my own vegetables – ones I use often, using no sprays.pesticides. I have clay soil, so I compost all my scrapes back into the garden, knowing the organisms/worms under the ground will repay me with humus /organic matter next year. I also support native flowers to help support our pollinators/birds. I pickup heirloom seeds whenever I come across them. In DeKalb County, IL we have local(close) farmer’s markets and pick up what I need. I’m finding/support local farms for milk, eggs & honey too. And if I do go to the local grocery store, I always go to the organic sections first to pick my fruits, veggies before the regular aisles-even though it costs more….
    Also, about every 1.5 months, I take a trip to Madison Square (WI) for their weekly Saturday farmer’s market. OMG! There you can pick up local cheeses, meats, breads, pickled/jarred foods, honey, pastries, fruits/veggies/plants & lots of flowers.
    BTW, our local HyVee store gives a 10% discount on Wednesdays if customers purchase organic dairy, organic canned/boxed and frozen foods. Includes organic baking ingredients, coffee & teas.

  40. R.Kimball says:

    Using the wisdom that has come from my dear sisters in this educated organic-savey generation, and from my elder sisters of the vintage generation….I now make intentional choices each day about what I buy and bring into our home to eat or products to use…or, …whatever I plant in my garden soil. It needs to be as pure as nature will allow it to be without any additives, hormones, or harmful substances. We now eat berries, honey, and teas from the forest. We have learned there is new world of food in the forests. Even medicinal cures. I choose organic local dairy, grassfed meat, free range chickens with organic feed. Our earth has offered the purest food and water for our good health so rich and pure, we need to receive this age-old…organic bounty with intentional, determined and grateful hearts, and return the care back to earth. We need to live simple and pure. Organic thinking and organic living on our earth. **** Intentionally Organic ****

  41. Heather (nndairy) says:

    I buy organic whenever possible, but the biggest way I’m hoping to support organic agriculture is by becoming an organic dairy farm. We’re looking for a new farm to buy and when we do we’re going to become organic certified.

  42. Kat Bowie says:

    I support organic agriculture in many ways. First, my best friend and business partner, Raphael, and I have turned our adjoining urban backyards into raised beds where we grow our own organic veggies. I only purchase organic veggies at the grocery and farmer’s markets in our wonderful city, Kansas City, MO. Additionally, I am a vegan and teach whole nutrition classes, write articles, and post supportive information on social media. And, I support our local CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) in our area. Thank you so much for everything, Mary Jane.

    In Peace,
    Kat Bowie

  43. Mary Jane Grellner says:

    I have supported organics for a very long time. We used to grow all our own vegetables and give some to food banks when possible. I canned about 200 jars a years and loved doing this, but then we moved to a really small house when we retired with a little backyard. Now we feed a host of hummingbirds and have put up ten bird houses and a bird bath for our feathered friends to enjoy. I just found your magazine and LOVED it immediately; will be a new subscriber today!

  44. Raelene Best says:

    My husband and I always buy organic when available. We have to buy most of our organic food out of town and usually travel every other week to shop for groceries and other items but are starting to find more locally. My journey to buying organic started when I discovered your magazine. I have every copy except the first one. I keep a subscription for my mom and myself.

  45. christy wilkinson says:

    We buy organic foods as much as possible, raise our own flock of chickens for eggs and meat, plant a large garden, and buy herbs to make our own tinctures. We also live off grid, with the goal of being self sustaining.

  46. Marianne murphy says:

    I support organic by buying my vegetables at the local farmer’s market and promoting the farmers I’ve befriended there.

  47. Rhonda Welker says:

    I buy & grow organic as I can. Little changes can make a big difference.

  48. Sandy Dean says:

    I just received my very first subscribed issue, I love it!!
    I support organic by buying every chance I get and going to our local farmers markets…
    Thank you!!

  49. We have a small family farm. Some years I have bigger gardens than other years but I always have herbs and foragable plants. I have gardened organically for over 30 years. I use companion planting to discourage pests. Sometimes I bury wire fencing to keep burrowing varmints out of the garden. We have dogs which seem to keep our chickens safe just by being around. We have sold eggs some years, and give away mint, St. John’s Wort, pineapple weed, etc. for teas. Also, I share my knowledge of foraging, drying, canning and domestic skills freely. I love the natural world!

  50. Jillian says:

    I love Mountain Rose Herbs. I recently ordered a ridiculous amount of essential oils. I had been given some by a rep for an MLM, but balked at the price for tiny bottles. I have been a customer for years with Mountain Rose, so I went back to them when needing oils. I’m glad I did. I love their tea, as well. I drank a pregnancy blend the entire pregnancy with my youngest. I wish I had known about it with my oldest of the two.

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GIVEAWAY: “Crafting a Colorful Home, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a copy of Kristin Nicholas’ book, Crafting a Colorful Home.

I featured Kristin’s colorfully craft-abulous creativity with lots of photos that will inspire you to bring color into your life. The book, “a room-by-room guide to personalizing your space with color,” gives you both ideas and easy projects that will help you craft your way to a more colorful home.


For a chance to win Kristin’s book, tell me what your favorite color (or combination of colors) is in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw four lucky winners in mid-November, when the Oct/Nov issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.



  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    With Fall on my brain lately, I am drawn to the oranges, sage, purple, and deep yellow. All of the colors shown in this photo are beautiful and I love how the items have pops of deep pink as well.

  2. Deborah McKissic says:

    The pillow in the photo is so colorful….color can make one happy, or relaxed…depending on the color…there are so many colors to pick from but my favorite is…”purrrr-ple”….it used to be red…and then there’s yellow…hmm…did you say one color or two or three? ha ha…my youngest daughter puts a lot of color in her home decorating.. this book would be perfect gift for her.

  3. shawna matos says:

    green being from the midwest I love the different shades of green

  4. Stephanie Guevara says:

    My favorite color is green, too. And, also the same as shawna, I like all shades as well.

  5. Linda says:

    My favorite colors together are Teal, Purple, Royal Blue and Lime Green.

  6. Teri Schneider says:

    I love greens because they remind me of summertime during our hard winters. Last year, I painted some walls in my living room with green, another wall in my dining room with orange sherbet (think Push Pop ice cream) and another wall in my kitchen mustard yellow. Standing in one particular spot in my living room, you can see all colors. My daughter stated “Hey mom, you’ve got peas, carrots, and mac-n-cheese on the walls. Looks like dinner time!”

  7. Chris Bazzett says:

    Blue blue blue is my favorite color, and when combined with yellow it’s perfect.

  8. Dorothy Nootbaar says:

    Greens and yellows, the colors of daisies and sunflowers with a bit of blues and brown dirt thrown in!

  9. JoAnn Stein says:

    I must say I love deep purple along with a nice orange for accent. If I prefer a calmer combo I would trade the orange for turquoise. I just love colors! The more the better! It’s like opening a new box of crayons!

  10. JACQUIE WEGER says:

    Green, burgundy, purple and gold are my favorite colors. I love decorating in any combination of these colors. Green and/or gold accented with burgundy and purple. Love it!!!

  11. Bethany says:

    I love sage and grape. Thank you for all the inspiration.

  12. Julia says:

    Pink will always be my favorite color… but lately I’ve been loving teal and poppy!

  13. Margie Cunningham says:

    Red has always been my standard answer when asked what’s my favorite color. However, as I have noticed, everytime I purchase something new – it’s green. Green notebooks, green phone cover, green purse – My husband thinks it’s because I am in a ‘Go Green’ state of mind!

  14. I love fushias, hot pink and all shades of purple. But I decorate more serenely, usually in shabby chic rose and sage. But I am also into changing my house by decorating for the seasons. This is my autumn changeover and I have out all my golds ( like my 1850 gold and off white appliqued quilt that I use to cover my couch) umber, yellows and oranges. I collect vintage tablecloths and have several out in fall colors .

  15. Christine Erdman says:

    I have quite a few favorite colors, but I will say I love the different shades of green and orange. I love the Fall time and live in Upstate NY, so those colors remind me of Autumn, which is my favorite time of the year.

  16. Carol Vagher says:

    I love olive green!

  17. jaylyn m says:

    I’m really liking rainbow colors all mixed together right now. Think Lisa Frank, tie dye shirts, crayon boxes.

  18. Nancy Coughlin says:

    My favorite color? Maybe my email address gives you a hint! Love purple and the softer shades of pink. I love trying different color combinations and step out sometimes with what others would probably say is just “a bit too much.” When I think back to the home I grew up in and to my grandparents’ homes, I really don not remember color. Guess there was color there, but it was so basic and plain! Not an issue in my own home.

  19. Leslie Sitton says:

    Was always red and purple, but I’m spreading out into oranges and turquoises. But I like yellow and green too. I can’t decide. It’s how I garden. I just throw seeds and plants in the ground and it’s the survival of the fittest! I call it bushwhack gardening.

  20. Dusty Cannon says:

    When anyone asks me my favorite color I say ‘Fall’!!

  21. Denise Russo says:

    So many favorite colors…really depends on my mood. But I’ve always loved the combination of deep orange and fuchsia.

  22. Pamela Shearer says:

    I am wanting to change my house up. Want more and brighter colors. I love turquoise, red, lime green and a dark yellow. I am starting to repaint some furniture and maybe some walls. I do change seasons with flower arrangements and foliage.

  23. Patricia Matula says:

    Just redid my kitchen in shades of off whites to pale coffees with barn red accents, so restful, with a pop. Latest quilts are shades of brown with shade of pinks and a beauty in shades of blues and yellows. Love sage green too. I just love color period, which is why I quilt.

  24. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    DIY projects are my new love – that and canning!!! My 1939 home is fun to decorate with color. It “came with” three colorful bathrooms (all tiles original 1939): a bright yellow & black, a pink & gray, a pale yellow, rose, & burgundy! I love to see guests’ reactions :).

  25. Ashley Christensen says:

    I love the look of a light yellow and blue! I do like mint green a lot too!

  26. Robin Lovinggood says:

    Yellow is my favorite its brightness and light just make me feel good. But I also love red and white together in my bedroom. And pops of all colors around me I every room.

  27. Dawn Overholt says:

    I love turquoise and white with 1930’s fabrics. The combination of the turquoise and white gives a nice crisp clean look to the fabrics.

  28. wanda says:

    I love a country red and yellow color combination and am considering decorating my smallish entry in these tones. Thanks for a great magazine full of advice and ideas!!

  29. Teresa De Bruin says:

    I love pastels especially blue and pink

  30. Joan H says:

    Since finding my long awaited red brick bungalow, and painting the exterior doors turquoise, my new favorite combo is red and turquoise! Even used these colors on my chicken coop. 💙❤

  31. Teresa Stiner says:

    I love the Fall with all the trees changing. Golds, reds, greens….. Pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds and too much to list.

  32. karen sanford says:

    I’ve already ordered mine but would love a copy for my creative sister in law who. Is moving back to the lower 48 from.

  33. Nicole Luttmann says:

    Oh, my goodness, there are so many – the blue of my little boy’s eyes who lived to be only seven weeks old, the deep green of the lake in summer, the ripe, juicy red of homegrown tomatoes in August, the corn-gold of my daughter’s flyaway hair as it hits the sun in September, the gray clouds that bring life-giving rain after a long summer of fires and drought. These are my favorite colors now, but there are so many more that mean something to me, and so many more yet to come.

  34. Gail Cameron says:

    I lean towards the greens and blues, the colors of the sky, the water, new leaves in the spring or moss in the forest, it’s where I find my relaxation. But throw in a pop of yellow or orange and it’s a whole different feel!

  35. JAN WESTON says:

    Hi! I love different,yellow and purple…red ,gold&green..light green, yellow & Pink. Have just finished cleaning my 3 season porch and need some fresh ideas. Help please, would love the book. Thanks friend.

  36. Tammy says:

    My favorite color is Red. I have a bit of red in every room of my home. But that said I enjoy most of the fall colors.

  37. Kathleen says:

    I love every shade of blue- the color of the sea, midnight moon on the white snow, but with fall in the air I love those rich burnt oranges, Browns and greens. I loved the seat coushions on her chairs 🙂 inspiration

  38. sandra p henderson says:

    I like bright dark colors such as red,orange, brown, green, and purple.
    I look forward to your magazine. Everything is so happy!!!

  39. Christine says:

    My favorite color is green in almost any shade. My classroom chairs are teal green and purple, my vintage kitchen stove/oven is a turquoise on the green side which blends nicely with my green gingham Habitat Americana “country cupboard” dishes and accessories, my Ameraucana chickens lay pale green eggs and almost every room of my house has at least a touch of green in it. I love it when the grass starts showing that new fresh green growth in the spring.

  40. Heike says:

    Teal & red :)….tourquoise & red… & orange. I seem to stay in the same realm, even though Kristin’s house reminds me of mine :).

  41. Laura Dell says:

    Orange, orange, orange! I absolutely love the color. It comes in so many shades, from the demure blush of peach and apricot to the firey red-orange of the chrysanthemum. Fall is my favorite season here in the Midwest. I can’t get enough of the turning leaves, the pumpkins, even the harvest moon!

  42. Heather (nndairy) says:

    Purple….sometimes with yellow, sometimes orange, sometimes white… purple really goes good with just about everything!!!

  43. Jessica says:

    I like to pair anything and everything with our farm’s color affectionately coined “Good Shepherd’s Green” by my mother – a slightly brighter (spring-y) hue of sage green: with cranberry red, chocolate brown, dusty rose pink. Or a lemony yellow, french blue…All with our signature green which you find gracing the trim around all our windows and doors, on all of our wood-fired artisan bread and certified organic produce labels; a green that says life, vitality, growth, and an underlying tranquil contentment that we have only found by focusing our efforts on raising a family on a farm with our faith as the glue that holds us all together.

  44. Would be so inspiring whilst trying to finish out my 1880’s farmhouse.

  45. Val Meler says:

    I love rose and tangerine…with a touch of violet!

  46. Patricia Nepean says:

    I’m always in search of “colorful” in my life. Sometimes I do feel torn between colorful, and soothing neutrals, but somehow colorful wins out every time. I use a lot of reds, oranges, and yellows throughout my open plan living space, which includes my living room, dining space, sitting area and kitchen, but each of my bedrooms and both the bathrooms have different color schemes of their own inspired by far away places: My Master Bath is bright white with Colbalt Blue Grecian accents; the guest bath is the lovely shade reflecting the inside of a seashell- rather a soothing peachy tone that reminds me of Nantucket… My Tuscany inspired guest bedroom is complete with classic Terra Cotta walls, offset by a shade of a pale bluish green known as Apple Grove (it’s a beautiful combination!) A Mediterranean inspired Master Bedroom with Blue Agave walls (it changes shade throughout the lighting of the day!) complimented with bright white trim… My current “office/library” project is in process. The walls are silvery grey… and who knows what the color scheme will be beyond that- I make things up as I go along, according to the inspirations of the time. ‘Crafting a Colorful Home’ is exactly my cup of tea- or coffee- depending on the day…

  47. Joan Price says:

    I’m a country color girl – all the colors of the country. Mainstay colors are red, blue, green, gunny sack, then I add to and take away as the seasons come n go or as the mood hits me. Love the colorful book ideas, would love to read it totally.

  48. Sandy Koenig says:

    I like to put together minty green and cream with a pop of old barn red. I like a neutral background to let the color accents show off.

  49. Miho Clyde says:

    I love burgundy. My problem is so many burgundy clothes in my closet.

  50. My favorite color is green and my favorite shade has been given many names over the years…..celadon, celery, oriental, soft green, faded avocado…..

    • MaryJane says:

      I walked into your antique booth one day and spied a celadon/celery/oriental/soft green/faded avocado painted wooden chair and I’ve never been the same since. Your color is everywhere in my new kitchen. Hello Nadine! How about the weather today?

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GIVEAWAY: “Lehman’s, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a $20 gift card from Lehman’s, an Ohio Amish-community store that specializes in old-fashioned hand tools. “We’re a family business, and we’re proud to offer the finest selection of non-electric technology you’ll ever see,” says Glenda Ervin, daughter of store founder Jay Lehman.

From old-fashioned enamelware …

to gorgeous cookstoves …

to maple-sugar supplies …

Lehman’s is your go-to source for old-fashioned gadgets, tools, and farm supplies.

Enter to win a $20 Lehman’s gift card

by telling us about your favorite non-electric tool in the comments below. We’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner in mid-November, when the Oct/Nov issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for only $19.95/year.

  1. Susan Arntsen says:

    I love my hand held can opener. It leaves an edge on the can and lid that is not sharp. No cuts for me!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I keep forgetting about Lehmans as a go to source for all things practical! In today’s Sister Issue, I saw the corn broom and flour sack towels. Both of these items are hard to find where I live so I wrote myself a note to go and look more carefully through the store for more basics I have been needing. A $20 gift card would be a nice plus to have when shopping!

  3. maria lawrence says:

    My squeezing strainer!! The whole family enjoys using it!!

  4. Deborah McKissic says:

    I am familiar with Lehman’s and have shopped from their catalog and, I have been pleased with all my purchases. My favorite non-electric kitchen gadget would be my grandfathers nut chopper…though, a food processor would be quicker..this glass jar with measurements on he side and a small wood block in the bottom with a screw on lid that has the chopper blades attached is my has a red wooden handle on top and I collect red wooden handle kitchen gadgets…there are so many! This nut chopper has sentimental value because it was my grandfather’s…he was a landscaper that taught me gardening..but, also a wonderful cook/baker and always made our favorite foods when we visited…

  5. Linda says:

    I love flour sack towels – they are the best to use for embroidering on our farmgirl designs. And I love the gadgets my mother had in the kitchen – some of them I have and others I keep looking for in antique and specialty shops. A $20 gift card would be wonderful. Thank you for offering the drawing.

  6. Terrie Coleman says:

    I’ve ordered from Lehman’s online several times and love their merchandise. I have a hand mowing tool, a scythe, that I’m still learning to use. Lehman’s sells one just like it and for a reasonable price. I also enjoy using my non-electric can opener.

  7. Delores Gorter says:

    My favorite non-electric item to use at home would be my wood cook stove – Love it!! I also love my salad slicer use it for so much more than just salads.

  8. Jan says:

    My squeezo. I have used it for many years and don’t know what I would do without it.

  9. Sandy says:

    My knives and cutting board are my most used cooking tools.

  10. Cara says:

    I have enjoyed my kerosene lanterns these past 12 years!

  11. Cindy Parker says:

    my mandoline

  12. Chrissy says:

    The hand crank/solar flashlight is something I’ve had on my wish list for a long time.

  13. Stephanie Guevara says:

    I would have to say that a coffee press is my favorite non-electric tool. A hand coffee grinder would be a good companion, though I don’t have one.

  14. shawna matos says:

    my clothesline my dryer broke about two years ago & my husband keeps offering to buy me a new one but I love to get out & put clean clothes on the line & see them blowing in the breeze

  15. Sharon D. says:

    I would love to be able to visit Lehman’s. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card:) Like Jan, I enjoy using my Victorio Stainer/Squeezo. I enjoy cranking it and seeing the fruit (or veggie) puree of my labor:)

  16. Bonnie ellis says:

    I love Lehmanns. Get a lot of things there. Love my garden hod (basket for harvesting veggies).

  17. Gail Foster says:

    I love my non-electric apple peeler, slicer, corer!

  18. Shelley says:

    My really sharp knives. Who needs a food processor to chop veggies?

  19. Stacey Dunphy Heavin says:

    My clothesline. Love the smell of our sheets after they have been dried in the line.

  20. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    We bought the best nutcracker from them. We buy filberts (hazelnuts) in large bags from a nut dryer in Oregon. We then start cracking. Regular nut crackers don’t work nearly as well as this one. It also doesn’t tire you out. Have purchased quite a few things from them, but this nutcracker beats all!

  21. Dorothy Nootbaar says:

    The bright red tea kettle my daughter gave me for Christmas one year always makes me smile !

  22. JACQUIE WEGER says:

    Absolutely love my non-electric apple corer/peeler and also my potato ricer. Usually don’t mind lending my kitchen tools out to friends and family but I have to admit I am a little stingy when it comes to these two items. I have given these as gifts in order to keep mine safe and secure in my own kitchen…lol

  23. Margie Cunningham says:

    Where to begin? I have lots of favorites – flour sack towels, cutting boards, cookware, squeeze-O, the list goes on and on!

  24. I do not own a blender or beater or anything like that. I use my old wooden spoons ( one hand carved of birdseye maple) and my whisks. I don’t have any electric gadgets. My mantra is ” simplicity “.Oh and no dryer either, use a clothesline strung between an antique pear tree and an antique apple tree. Love the Lehman’s catalogue.

  25. Wendy says:

    My fav would have to be my trusty garden fork. The community garden I use doesn’t allow power equipment, like a tiller, so I use my fork to work the soil. When it’s all turned & ‘pretty’, & I’m all sweaty (!), I feel a great sense of satisfaction.

  26. Christine Erdman says:

    I love my Pampered Chef hand held can opener. It is awesome and makes the edges of the can not sharp. It is a great item to have around the house.

  27. Therese Clouse says:

    My nut chopper is my favorite non-electric tool. A must for a serious baker. My son requested one for Christmas last year. Lehman’s is a great place to shop in Ohio!

  28. Carol Vagher says:

    I love my hand cranked pasta maker it is my favorite tool!

  29. Jean Sikes says:

    Love all the old red handled kitchen tools I have collected to add to the red handled piecrust blender that I inherited from my mother. My favorites, and two most used tools are my mother’s (no red handle) egg beater and my grandmothers small 3 tine cooking fork.I use them both, several times a week. I will soon be 76 and love using the old tools even though my children have blessed me with many new appliances!

  30. jaylyn m says:

    I like hand-crank butter churns

  31. Nancy Coughlin says:

    I have a hand held can opener that I just love. It always makes me laugh when a visitor asks where my can opener is and looks at me strangely when I hand it to them. “No, I mean your electric one” is the usual response and I have to show them how to use it. Really!!!!

  32. Dusty Cannon says:

    I’m not sure if a pan is a tool exactly, but my absolute favorite baking pan is a vintage blue enamelware pan my sister got for me at an antique store for Christmas one year! I bake everything from brownies to cornbread in it!

  33. Pamela Shearer says:

    I love my cast iron pieces. I have four. I use my 10″ skillet practically everyday. I also have two Pampered Chef stoneware pieces I use for baking. Love your recipes for cast iron. In fact, I love your whole magazine!

  34. Carol Ray says:

    This time of year, we get out our hand operated cider press! Our small orchard is full of apples and ready to make cider. We set aside a day for our friends and relatives to come over to pick, clean, and press cider. What a wonderful day and it smells and tastes so good! I’ll be at Lehman’s in November. Can’t wait.

  35. Marion O says:

    My favorite tool is a dough whisk . It amazes me that it blends dough ingredients so well. It’s a very simple tool that does a great job.

  36. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    Wooden spoons – Hand held can opener – Old fashion bean pots & crocks – Simple garden shovels & rakes . . .

  37. Ashley Christensen says:

    I have always wanted a Reel Mower!

  38. Dawn Overholt says:

    If the swiffer duster counts, I leave it at my sewing room door in a attempt to keep threads from leaving the room. I use it frequently during the day.
    I had a favorite 3 curved pronged rake that got left behind when we moved and wish I could replace it.

  39. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    I use my knives and cutting board. They’re not electric. Also use hand crank salad spinner.

  40. Connie S says:

    We love our hot water bath canner. Without it every year, we wouldn’t have our fresh tomatoes through the Winter, Spring, and into the Summer until the next tomatoes come on.

  41. jeanne sayre says:

    Fond memories of churning butter in the glass churn with the thick cream swirling around, then comes the chunks of golden butter lumps to say its time.

  42. Shawn Newswanger says:

    I love my woodstove , my Lehman’s ecofan that is powered by the heat and my splitting maul to make a warm fire! That is just the beginning..

  43. Helen Norman says:

    My favorite non-electric tool is my Grandmother’s apple slicer/corer. It’s great for making pies as well as just eating the apples raw.

  44. I would have to say I love the best is the timer, I set it for not just baking, to wake us up if we fall asleep and we only need that 30 minute nap, to remind my husband or kids they need to do something in a length of time, plus, when I do use it for cooking, I set it for my kids or husband to remind them to turn the oven on, or they are suppose to check on their food if I get called into work.I couldn’t be without it.

  45. wanda says:

    I haven’t had the privilege to shop at Lehman’s but am thoroughly fascinated by all they have to offer. I’m sure I’d have a difficult time choosing how to spend a gift card but it would be so much fun!!

  46. Teresa De Bruin says:

    My favorite non electric products include my nameplate hot water scanner as I use it every fall to can things like pickle relish, bread and butter pickles that my sister in law and great grandson love. Better than store brought. Also love my dark bread pans as I lifetime made bread without the bread machine.

  47. Raelene Fleming says:

    I haven’t used an electric can opener since the early 1990’s! My hand held can opener works great!

  48. JAN WESTON says:

    I have heard about this store for many years. Would love to shop there.

  49. Tammy says:

    Love Lehman’s and love that I am only 2 hours away! I think the items that I have enjoyed the most from their store are my oil lamps. Although, I have never bought an item and not enjoyed it and the craftsmanship.

  50. Joyce Huber says:

    I love it when I receive the Lehman’s catalog in the mail. My favorite is the Juice extractor. You put water in the bottom tier, fruit in the top strainer, turn on the stove and the juice collects in the middle tier. When the juice reaches the tube, it flows into your jar or container. No more using a cheese cloth.

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