Elderflower has arrived


Micro-Farm News

Debuting my new Elderflower Skin Creme and Elderflower Toner at the Florence Farmers Market today. Made with elderflower, rose, and chamomile, herbal legend says it will even skin tone and smooth wrinkles. I’m diggin’ it :)  

June 12, 2013

Chamomile in the Springtime Garden


Bathtub Therapy, Herban Gardening, Herbs & Ingredients, Natural Skin Care

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is one of the first signs of green in my Springtime garden, and a very welcome sight it is! A member of the Daisy Family, Chamomile contains calcium, potassium, vitamin B2, flavonoids, coumarins, and salicylates. The flowers are used for their antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and vulnerary properties. The flavor is […]

March 19, 2013

Herbal Lore: Basil


D.I.Y., Herbs & Ingredients

  When I say “basil”, do you think “pesto”? Pesto made with sweet basil just happens to be one of my most long-standing addictions, but with over 50 different varieties (possibly as many as 150!) distributed around the world, basil is about much, much more…. Since ancient times, basil has found its way into our […]

September 26, 2012

Hurry Up and Wait!


Herban Gardening

Gardening catalogs began arriving before the holidays this Winter, and I jumped right on them! Didn’t want any of my first choices to be sold out when I ordered! (I’m swooning over the “Early Blood Turnip” beets, “Hakurei” turnips, “Listada de Gandia” eggplants, and “Jenny Lind” muskmelons that I’m trying for the first time, and hoping to grow more […]

January 11, 2012