Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Landis Valley Herb Faire

I have been very busy the past three weeks preparing for the annual Herb Faire at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, PA. The annual heirloom plant sale is the largest on the East Coast. Gardeners interested in heirloom plants, herbs, vegetables, & garden related wares may want to attend my personal favorite festival, the Herb & Garden Faire at Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pa., on May 8 and 9. I have been a vendor there with my dip, spread, soup, bread & herbal sugar mixes for almost twenty years.

There are over 65 vendors selling heirloom plants, vegetables, native plants, antique roses, garden art & crafts. The Faire is held on the historic grounds of the Landis Valley Museum. It is like taking a step back in time. The grounds are beautiful and it is a lovely place for a spring stroll and a gardener’s paradise.

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Living in an old home, I enjoy buying plants that would have been popular when my home was built. The museum’s Heirloom Seed Project offers vegetable and ornamental seedlings historically grown by Pennsylvania Germans at the Heirloom Seed Project Marketplace. I also like to buy heirloom tomato plants. The fair runs from 9 to 5 Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Admission is $8.00. Proceeds benefit the Heirloom Seed Project. You can visit the museum's

I’ll be in the yellow barn. You won’t be able to miss me-I’m the one with the buffet! I sample almost all of my dips, tapenade, herb sugars & soups.
My booth is black & white toile. The barn is a magical place inside with thousands of tiny white lights wrapped in grapevine garlands that adorn the rafters and supports. Tin chandeliers provide a soft, romantic light. It is truly a fairyland!

The show goes on rain or shine, and this year I’m afraid we’ll have to get out those wellies! It has been raining all week, but the garden die-hards that we are; it doesn’t dampen our spirits much! Besides I have packaged over 1,000 packages of dip mix, cheese spread, soups, and herb sugars. The lavender pound cake is worth the trip alone!

Outdoor Wednesday this week is rainy & chilly. I know from dashing between the house and my workshop. Last week I had the air conditioner on and now I had to break down and turn on the heat! The rain is melting all the blossoms on the lilacs, azaleas, and flowering trees away. The peony blossoms look like wet crepe paper. My husband cut me a bunch of white lilacs and lavender azaleas to bring inside. Their fragrance greets me everytime I come in to the room.
Everyone have a lovely Mother's Day!


Really Rainey said...

Everything looks delicious! I wish I could attend the fair!
~Really Rainey~

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Kate! Looks like a wonderful event...something I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Mary said...

I'm sure your event will be a success. I don't see how it could be otherwise. Wellies and all...have a great time.

Sofia Striffler said...

Wow I would love to go to that faire. Too bad I'm in CA now. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Kate,
I so enjoyed my visit, I would love to be able to go to that Fair, as i enjoy growing and using herbs, thank you for sharing everything looks so delicious.

"Blossom" said...

Sounds like some real fun. Have a wonderful time.

Wanda said...

I would love to visit the Herb faire. And your buffet looks DEELISH.

prashant said...

Wow I would love to go to that faire. Too bad I'm in CA now. Thanks for sharing.
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kanishk said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Kate! Looks like a wonderful
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