My trips last week... an update on Lehmans.

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  1. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Last week I went down to Lehmans to pick up my apple grinder. I ended up just biting the bullet and buying the Happy Valley grinder:
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    and I was suprised. Lehmans had cleared out all the houses to the north of the store and they are building a new LARGER store. Now surely it will be nice to have a larger store, it's like a rat's maze in there now and it's ALWAYS crowded, no matter what, no matter when I go there, but I was amazed at how much of an area they have cleared. The lady I talked to at the service desk said it was supposed to be open in spring of '07 but she doesn't think it will be on time. Next time I go down (maybe this week) I will get pic's for everyone to see.
     
  2. gilberte

    gilberte Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think you'll be very happy with the grinder, we love ours. Arm exercise and cider too! Did you get them to throw in the wheel kit or give you a discount on it? They're kinda pricey to buy later and you'll wish you had em.
     

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    I know what you mean about it being crowded..doesn't seem to matter what day of the week or what time you go it is so busy! Maybe with a larger store it will spread things out a bit...great I never have enough time now to see everything ...a bigger store will make it even harder! You are lucky to be so close..it is a 2 1/2 hour drive for me...but worth it!!
     
  4. newatthis

    newatthis Well-Known Member

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    Wish I lived in Ohio so I could go and visit the store. I buy on line since I'm from WI.
    Lucky you.
     
  5. ceresone

    ceresone Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Oh, my, someone who's been there!! do they have things on display thats in their catalog? namely the wood cook stoves? i'm planning a years off trip-- they may build a second new store by the time i get there---
     
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    Thats not nice I would love to go there !
     
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    I get there every couple of years. Yes, they have most things on display but it is such rats warren that even if you find it once, you may not find your way back. If they make it that much larger, they will have to rent electric carts to the customers so they can finish their shopping in a day.
     
  8. Helena

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    We use a "wood " chipper to chip our apples so we can put them into the grinder on the cider press. If you have a few pears..toss them into the apples too..gives a nice flavor. It works well and saves a lot of elbow power. We have had ours for more years than I can remember now. It fact, it is now sitting up in the barn not used for several years. Bought it out of the paper used for $90..a lot of $$ for us ! Children and grandchildren gone or not interested and the wild apples tress have stopped giving us free apples. Every year we think we might make some cider but don't seem to get to it. It is fun and we use to freeze our cider or can it. It does seem to turn into apple juice after canning though...but still great to drink warm on a cold winter night. Ah...the memories. Good Luck with your press and enjoy !!
     
  9. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    The Hardys in SW IN (the folks who host the 4th of July gathering) made up a cart out of plans they saw in a Countryside issue. Their grinder is a standard kitchen garbage disposal in the middle of the cart. On one end is the press (homemade). Pulp is put into an old pillow case before being squeezed. Most squeezed pulp then goes an animal feed. Just enough water is added to the grinder for it to do its job. Primarily used for homemade wine.
     
  10. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    I bought just the grinder. I already have a HUGE press. So I mounted the grinder today on a 3/4 in piece of plywood and strung it between to steel saw horses and gave it a test run. Seems to work pretty well and get the apples down to a good mash.
     
  11. tallpines

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    We were there 2 weeks ago on our way back to Wis. from Virginia.

    The current store --- with all its visitors --- has only 2 toilets!

    Hopefully their new store plans will offer more of those facilities.

    A lunch area would be nice, too. The only eating place in town is in the basement of the grocery store. Very quaint, but, very crowded......and DELICIOUS FOOD!

    We were lucky to have visited on the same day of the weekly cattle auction just across the street to the south. DH enjoyed it.
     
  12. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    What?! you came through two weeks ago and didn't let any of us know!!! ;)