Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An August Harvest...


The late summer weather in New England has been gorgeous lately, and this afternoon Farm to Pharmacy interns worked on harvesting a variety of crops, like these hops, above.



It was also time to harvest some of our culinary herbs — sweet basil, Thai basil, Greek basil, thyme, winter savory, marjoram...these are picked at the peak of the season and immediately brought to our drying room to ensure potent  flavor. 


Marjoram

We're excited to be offering our line of local, organic culinary spices to caf├ęs and restaurants this year and hoping local chefs will incorporate them into imaginative offerings.


We also began to harvest a bit of Echinacea root for tincture.


As well as tiny Elderberries, the basis of an effective (and delicious) immune-building syrup we create and offer at the apothecary.


Elderberries slowly cooking over a low flame.



As summer turns into fall the harvested rows will be cleaned up and put to bed beneath a layer of fresh hay — but not before a lot more medicine gets made!

There is still time to register for our last Farm to Pharmacy Intensive Week of the season, happening September 19-23. We'll be taking herb walks, harvesting, medicine-making, distilling essential oil, and learning from herbalists David Crow and William Siff. September is a beautiful time to enjoy the rolling hills and crisp air of Western Massachusetts, and an amazing season of harvest at Goldthread. We hope you'll join us!

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