Goldthread is amazingly bountiful at this time of year and we're ready to share some of the harvest! Our first community-supported medicine share of the season will be ready for distribution on Tuesday, August 2nd, and some of the potential offerings will include bulk herbs like nettles, chocolate mint, and tulsi; tinctures of skullcap, lemon balm, and California poppy; oils of calendula and lavender; hydrosols of lavender, clary sage and spruce; honey infused with lemon balm or tulsi, and perhaps some fresh garlic cloves and basil, in bloom above.
Speaking of calendula, the flowers are back again — this is the third or fourth time interns have harvested these rows of orange and gold, a pleasantly sticky task.
The garlic (whose abundant spring scapes it seems we were just enjoying) was also ready for harvest. Much of it will be used in our potent Fire Cider, a mix of local apple cider vinegar, garlic, cayenne, fresh cilantro, and fennel, cumin, and coriander seeds. Using it to warm one's body on a cold winter's night can help fend off colds and transports a little of summer's heat and sunlight to the colder, darker days of winter.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves — there's still 9 weeks left in the Farm to Pharmacy program!
— Melanie, Goldthread Marketing (and Farm to Pharmacy intern)