Herbs

We sell freshly cut herbs, dried herbs, and herb plants over the course of the season. Here is a partial list:

Bergamot (bee balm) – the dried herbs and flowers of this plant make a lovely tea and the fresh flowers (and topmost leaves) can be added to raw honey for a delicious spread. This plant also attracts bees and hummingbirds.

Calendula – this is a beautiful medicinal with yellow and orange flowers. It is part of our digestive tea blend. It reseeds itself readily, especially in rich garden soil. We have seeds we harvested from last year’s flowers available for sale.

Catnip – this is a lovely, calming herb.

Chamomile – one of our favorites in tea blends.

Chives – these are one of the earliest herbs to come up for consumption! They go great with our eggs. Try a duck egg and chive omelet!

Comfrey – great for wound healing used externally.

Dandelion – this is the king of herbs! Great for the liver. It’s roasted root makes a nice coffee substitute.

Melissa (lemon balm) – this herb is a nervine and helps relax the nervous system. It can be used fresh or dried and has a lovely lemon flavor.

Motherwort – once you plant this plant, if you let it go to seed you will never have to plant it again! Best to cut it back to 3 inches after harvesting.

Nettle (stinging) – this is the queen of herbs. So much nutrition!

Oregano – this culinary herb has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties!

Parsley – did you know chewing on a fresh sprig of parsley is a great breath freshener? It’s got more goodness in it, too, which you can read if you click on the link to its plant profile.

Peppermint – great for digestion, headaches, and more. Plus it tastes great. I drink a peppermint tea blend in the afternoons for a pick-me-up.

Spearmint – a gentler version of peppermint, medicinally, which makes it a nice, not-to-strong, stimulant to add to tea blends. Plus it’s great added to a pitcher of water in the summer.

Thyme – we have both regular and lemon thyme in our garden.

Tulsi (holy basil) – this annual herb is an adaptogen and the dried leaves make a lovely tea. So good for you!

Valerian – this herb is great for the nervous system and a great sleep aid! If you drive by Dandelion Forest, you will see it in our orchard, which is on the wet side. It’s very happy here. And when it’s in bloom, I just stand next to it and drink it it’s calm.

Yarrow – a great styptic alternative! We powder the herb which can be applied directly to a bleeding wound.

Chicken vs. Duck Eggs


People ask me what the difference is between chicken and duck eggs.

  1. Duck eggs are bigger.
  2. The whites are clear
  3. The shells are a bit harder
  4. The ducks lay them on the ground and step on them. I have to wash them but I don’t scrub off the protective film. So their presentation isn’t as appealing. But crack that egg open and it is beautiful!

They taste the same.

(In the picture above, the egg on the right is a chicken egg – and the white didn’t stay nicely together, but the cloudy white is from the chicken egg. The rest are duck eggs.)

As far as chicken/duck keeping goes…

I am beginning to realize that ducks are easier to keep in New England. They are hardier birds and do better in the cold. When it rains, they actually stay outside to be in the showers. Ducks are messier, but they also don’t dig up gardens like chickens do. However they do eat bugs. And slugs! They are also easier to herd (which is actually pretty fun to do).