Herb Fair by Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club
Dear Friends of Herb Babies, Flowers, and Veggies,
In the interest of keeping us healthy with growing and eating vegetables and herbs, the Harpers Ferry Women‘s Club will again host its yearly HERB FAIR. Praise is owed to the growers, Grace Brooks Greenhouses (Ours), mostly herbs and flowers, and Farmer Jim, mostly vegetables, who took over Mountain View Farm last year, delivering mostly vegetables , plus some flowers and novelty items.
The event will be held at the Gazebo, rain or shine. It is a much anticipated gathering for the community, passionate gardeners or neighbors eager to emerge from cold winter days, especially in these days of increasing isolation and political divides.
The selection of plants is astounding. I ended up with three Castor Oil plants last year. Their rapid growth with their huge, deer-proof leaves and odd looking flowers were a daily delight to me. Often the growers will bring ‚samples‘ of plants/herbs folk may not be accustomed to grow. In the buzz of excitement a lot of sharing of experience takes place. Questions our volunteers cannot answer with help of reference books to browse through, we refer to our wise elders like Linda Rago. Some of her delightful books are usually available for sale as well. Given the Fair is scheduled
on Mother‘s Day Weekend, we get quite a few tourists to stop by and acquire last minute gifts for their loved ones.
Adding to the wide variety of greenery offered are the plants/flowers that gardeners dig out in the spring : some of their treasured plants when they get too crowded; from big pots of fern to lilies and daffodils and bleeding hearts.
A bake sale usually sells out rapidly as well. The ladies of the Club know well the most favored items by now: certain breads, cakes and cookies. Sometimes their fragrance competes successfully with that of the nearby rosemary, sage and oregano , thyme and eucalyptus.
Surplus funds from the sale help finance a variety of local organizations in need of help, from food pantry to library.