Sunday, September 23, 2012

Soap cutting helper

Punkinfiddle was another huge success again this year. The shoppers were awesome and my little soap helpers were fantastic! Here's Rose cutting some Lemongrass & Hemp we had just unmolded as part of our demonstration. Anytime you want a job Rose cutting soaps.. just holler! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Punkinfiddle Festival

We're stirrin' up the soap pot for one of our favorite shows of the year -- Punkinfiddle Festival at the Laudholm Farm - September 22, 2012, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Come to our 10th annual Punkinfiddle festival. Our National Estuaries Day Celebration features traditional crafts, hands-on learning, lively music, old-fashioned games, fun food, farm animals, and lots of smiles in a historic seaside setting. Great fun for the entire family!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Comfrey Patch

When I first became involved with herbs in the early 1970′s, comfrey was then known to be a miracle herb. It was the front yard insignia of the back-to-the-land movement. Back then, if you had a subscription to Mother Earth News, you had a comfrey plant–or a comfrey plantation. No herb so devoid of flavor and fragrance had ever achieved such popularity. You could do just about anything with comfrey. It was a nearly universal folk remedy, the answers to food shortages and even fodder for the livestock. Back in those days you didn’t have to look the plant up to find out how to use it. Comfrey was so well know back in the 70′s equivalent to what aloe vera would become in the 1980′s. Back then, it became my absolute favorite herb in the gardens.
Even today, as I cleaned out split and moved my comfrey beds around I had to smile remembering back on that old folklore. I think every gardener should have a comfrey patch, Yes, it has it’s place.. or rather shouldn’t be moved unless you really do want to have a comfrey plantation in your yard, but left undesturbed, it’s simply a lovely statured bed of flowers...and one of my favorites in the garden. When I sold our herb farm last year, I took with me one hundred and fifty perennial and herb cuttings to start again here in Maine, and remarkably enough I forgot to grab a snippet of comfrey! My good friend Cindy had some comfrey growing randomly around her farm and was good enough to give me four cuttings from her beds. I immediately transplanted them down at the farm to a dedicated comfrey bed that I would cherish. Not only do I adore the plant itself, I cultivate it for it’s healing properties to be used in my healing salves and balms as well as my herbal soaps. Well, those four ‘cuttings’ grew into a simply marvelous comfrey patch this year.
I hope you’ll try some comfrey in your gardens. Anyone can grow it. Just remember, it really is harder to get rid of than it is to grow. So plan to give it one dedicated spot of its own. It won't let you down.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

On the racks

I don't know where the summer has disappeared to, but we have been super busy these past months with the gardens, farmers markets and summer shows. Things are finally beginning to wind down a bit for me, with one market ending in another week. Kennebunk Farmers market will remain open until Thanksgiving and then, for the second season we begin our indoor Saco River Winter Market. Seems odd to use that word 'winter' on a gloriously sunny day as today is :)
We just received our confirmations on some of our scheduled Christmas Shows.. (another word that seems odd saying in early September!) and I'll be posting those dates up soon. But be as it may, we're already gearing up for them and soaping up a storm. Here's just a few on the racks.