1 The John Jay Homestead is located right down the road from my farm.
2 This year marked the 65th Annual Herb Fair of the New York Unit Herb Society of America.
3 It was a splendid day for this event, a celebration of herbs, plants, and fine foods.
4 The Fair's proceeds benefits the Herb Society of America, The New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, The Cloisters Herb Garden, Wave Hill, The New Canaan Nature Center, The Garden Education Center of Greenwich, The Central Park Conservancy, and John Jay Homestead Herb Garden.
5 Under the tent
6 There was a very big turnout for the Herb Fair.
7 This beautiful and aromatic rose potpourri was for sale at the Fragrance Table.
8 You could purchase the potpourri in sealed jars or in cellophane bags.
9 There were organic herbal soaps with pleasing fragrances.
10 Soothing herbal bath bags
11 Lavender dryer bags
12 Beeswax candles
13 Nod Hill Soap had a nice display of their fine handmade bars.
14 The soap was packaged nicely in gauze bags.
15 The Pantry Table was filled with homemade products, like this delicious looking granola.
16 Various jellies, jams, and pickles
17 Herb apple jelly flavored with basil and rosemary
18 Bottles of mint syrup to add to iced tea or seltzer
19 Tarragon vinegar has such a classic flavor.
20 Spiced red wine vinegar
21 Spiced blueberry peach jam seasoned with lemon, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
22 Basil spice citrus jelly
23 These popular food items were selling quickly!
24 There was much to see at the Fresh Herbs Table. Unit members are familiar with the many uses and function of herbs.
25 This display always smells so good!
26 These little herb baskets are always popular with the crowd.
27 As are these lovely arrangements in miniature water cans
28 Delicious Liberty apples are crunchy and mildly tart.
29 Brightly colored gourds
30 Little baskets of Cranberry tomatoes, an heirloom variety
31 Amawalk Farm was selling their organic hard neck garlic - Porcelain Music variety.
32 Hard neck garlic has great flavor!
33 Of course, there were all sorts of cut herbs for sale.
34 Chervil is one of my favorites.
35 Rosemary and sage
36 Mizuna is also called Japanese mustard and has a mild peppery flavor.
37 The Book Table, provides a varied display of herbal and gardening books, cookbooks and magazines.
38 There was even one of my books!
39 D.J. Haverkamp, of Bedford Bee Honeybee Service, once again shared his vast knowledge of raising bees.
40 Another table had many elderberry products for sale, like this elderberry syrup.
41 And elderberry scones
42 And elderberry blast tea
43 The Cozy Tea Cart was also at the fair.
44 They were offering samples of different teas.
45 Intriguing tea candy
46 And tea seed oil
47 These tea tumblers are very handy for travel.
48 Tea-Rrific ice cream was also offering sample tastes.
49 Once again, the raffle prizes were enticing.
50 The Bake Table offers many, many baked goods. These homemade English muffins always sell out quickly and this is the last year for these particular muffins, as the baker is retiring.
51 Cardamom-almond and black pepper-chocolate pinwheel cookies
52 Zucchini bread
53 Apple rosemary cake
54 Lemon verbena bread
55 Lunch at the Herb Fair is extremely popular with the favorite feature being lovage soup. Lovage is an herb that has a pleasant celery-like flavor.
56 Sandwiches in the lunch bag were watercress and Boursin on quinoa bread and turkey with honey mustard and mesclun.
57 Many lined up for lunch tickets.
58 And many lined up for the lovage soup.
59 Cooking is a favorite pastime for these unit members. The lovage soup, a 65-year tradition, is stirred over a hot stove by a loyal crew.
60 This highly praised recipe is ladled into serving containers.
61 The New York Unit even shares the recipe!
62 Enjoying lunch - what a bucolic scene!
63 Entertainment was provided by Emily Hoile, a talented folk harpist from Scotland.