We'll be bringing more varieties of herbs each week as we dig perennials from our field. and the weather is more conducive to bringing annuals. Basil should not be planted outdoors til the nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 60's, about mid May or even later. So we will not be bringing Basil plants to market til late in April. Remember the snow we had a few years ago on May 9?We'll have more than 30 different types of Basil There are actually about 50 varieties of Basil much to everyone's surprise. Some are great with pasta: others are used in desserts and teas.We have lots of Bay trees this year as well.
Lemon verbena, lemongrass and tumeric will be available in late May.
Barb's new favorite herb is Dragonshead or Moldavian tea, an annual herb from Eurasia. I grew it several years ago but when I rubbed the leaves and sniffed my fingers ( the proper way to smell the scents of herbs is to rub and smell), I didn't detect the lemon scent they were supposed to have and never planted it again. But I decided give it another chance this year. Today,April 5, 2016, I took a bite of a leaf and within seconds, I tasted this wonderful lemon flavor. So I picked a few leaves, turned on the teakettle and brewed the most amazing lemon tea. The flowers can also be used in tea.