The present farm was traded by Ralph Lehman in 1929 for a farm in Northern Indiana. Ralph Lehman, a school teacher, tried many different crops and finally settled on raising 40 acres of tart cherries. From the beginning, the cherries were always hand harvested.
Ralph and his wife, Raphael had one child, Sarajane. Sarajane married William Lecklider and their middle son, Steve now operates the orchard full time and has added many other fruit crops sold at the farm and at various Chicago farmer's markets. In 2008, the Winery/Cidery was added to the Farm Market.
Lehman's Farmhouse opened in Buchanan at 204 N. Redbud Trail in April of 2017 in a repurposed building once part of the Clark Equipment Company. It features craft made beers, wines, ciders, whiskey, gin and brandies along in a Taproom that is open daily. The Taproom, and outdoor patio feature appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and desserts.
Thank you for your support of local, sustainable agriculture!