1 This is the main house, which looks basically the same as it did when finished in 1801. John Jay lived here for the last twenty-nine years of his life.
2 This is the herb garden, created in 1991 on the site of an historic cutting garden and greenhouse.
3 It was designed by Page Dickey, a garden designer, writer, and member of the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America.
4 The main paths radiating from the center divide the beds into four quadrants of herbal plants: medicinal, culinary, fragrant, and pest repellent.
5 Horseradish was dubbed the Herb of the Year for 2011.
6 As in years past, the fair was held under a tent, which was a good thing as the skies were threatening.
7 The motto of the Herb Society of America
8 There were lots of fresh herbs for sale.
9 The very reasonable prices
10 The variety was amazing.
11 Horse radish root - The jarred horse radish was ground the night before and preserved with just a little white wine vinegar.
12 Beautiful tiny tomatoes
13 And tiny herb baskets
14 Numex Twilight peppers start out purple and ripen to yellow, orange, and then red.
15 These fresh herb wreaths are very popular.
16 And also very fragrant
17 There was an herbal butter demonstration.
18 This butter mixed with spring herbs was very delicious.
19 The pantry section had many wonderful jarred creations.
20 Lemon verbena syrup and mint syrup for ice cream or seltzer
21 Chile pepper vinegar
22 Raspberry and other fruit vinegars
23 And, of course, there was a great variety of herb plants for sale.
24 And lovely floral bouquets
25 There were many herb-related products for sale. I like these slate garden markers.
26 Many styles of gardening gloves
27 Nice aprons
28 Sibylle Tornow from Merrimack, NH demonstrated some of her pottery techniques. She uses a roller to make an impression of an herb image into wet clay.
29 Sage leaves made a nice impression.
30 Some of her finished pieces
31 The baked goods table was very popular.
32 Delicious looking granola
33 Our friend, D.J. Haverkamp of Bedford Bee Honeybee Service was manning his station. http://bedfordbee.com/
34 He had a frame of live honeybees on display.
35 D.J. is very involved with teaching people of all ages about the importance of pollinators to our food supply. He also conducts a beekeeping school with live bees in an apiary on the John Jay site.
36 A gorgeous sheath of wheat
37 Very nice packaging on these pure beeswax candles
38 Fragrant lavender sachets
39 Very effective herbal moth repellent
40 Vibrant dried flowers
41 A colorful and very fragrant potpourri
42 The raffle prizes were really great, including a 'Goodies Basket' of local veggies and award winning goat cheeses from my friend, Lisa Schwartz of Rainbeau Ridge. http://www.rainbeauridge.com/cms/content/view/21/43/
43 And also a beautiful framed needlework of herbs hand embroidered by a chapter member
44 A Classic Wrap from Woolworks http://www.sustainablewool.com
45 The lunch counter was very busy.
46 The menu
47 The lunch bags
48 And their wonderful emblem
49 This is the New York Unit's lovage soup served every year at the fair. It's made with leeks, onions, potatoes, chicken broth, half & half, and shredded lovage leaves.