1 The John Jay Homestead is located right down the road from my farm.
2 This is the John Jay Homestead main house, which looks much the same as it did when completed in 1801. John Jay lived here for the last twenty-nine years of his life.
3 The herb fair is a very popular gathering.
4 The herb fair is always held beneath a tent, although the weather was quite splendid.
5 Money raised at this fair helps to support many gardens.
6 The pantry section always has delicious home-made products for sale.
7 There are many varieties of jams, jellies, canned fruits, and dried herbs.
8 All sorts of pickles, chutneys, and relishes
9 And many flavored vinegars
10 These vinegars are infused with herbs.
11 Bags of Gingery Granola
12 The pantry items sell out fast!
13 Of course, there were fresh herbs for sale.
16 Flavorful chives
17 And fragrant lavender
18 Vivian Utko was there to answer horticulture questions.
19 The Herb Society of America chose rose hips as their "herb" of the year.
20 Shirley Lindefjeld, runs a company called Woolworks. www.sustainablewool.com
21 They raise sheep and turn the wool into lovely yarn. This is undyed yarn.
22 But they also use a variety of flowers, plants, trees, and insects to make natural dyes.
23 This pink yarn was died with rose hips.
24 Black walnut and indigo
26 Red onion skins
28 And black walnut
29 There is even a New York Unit member who had a herb garden in England.
30 Charming little baskets of herbs and peppers
31 Fragrant lavender sachets
32 And lavender dryer bags
33 These handmade sachet covers were filled with lavender.
34 There was even herbal bedbug repellent! - Eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, and cloves
35 Attractive beeswax candles
36 Dried rosie sprays
37 Elizabeth Van Bront's very fragrant potpourri is always popular.
38 The New York Unit has their own herbal cookbook for sale.
39 D.J. Haverkamp from Bedford Bee Honeybee Service is a fixture at the herb fair. www.bedfordbee.com
40 He always brings a frame of live bees behind glass, of course.
41 His local honey is dark and delicious.
42 Honeycomb in vacuumed sealed pouches
43 D.J. was selling a lot of honey.
44 There were also many nice baked goods for sale - Zucchini Tea Cake.
45 Anise cookies
46 Lemon poppy seed bread
47 The raffle prizes are really good every year.
48 People were lining up for chances.
49 Alexandra was there representing my friend Sal Gilberti of Gilberti's Herbs.
50 Sal has a new line of herbs and greens called Petite Edibles, which are excellent! www.petiteedibles.com
51 Amawalk Farm was selling their amazing garlic, a large stiff-neck variety called Porcelain Music.
52 This is a garlic head grader and you can see how large the garlic is.
53 Lunch at the fair is quite popular and people love the lovage soup.
54 This was the line for the soup.
55 Tables were set under the trees.
56 Spiros Exaras provided pleasant background music.