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John Jay Homestead Holding 67th Annual Herb Fair

Members of the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America maintain the herb garden at the John Jay Homestead. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the garden to enjoy its sights and scents.
Members of the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America maintain the herb garden at the John Jay Homestead. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the garden to enjoy its sights and scents. Photo Credit: Contributed
Associate member Vivian Utko will present “Growing and Using Your Own Herbs and Edible Flowers – with Tastings.” The demonstration will take place at 12:30 p.m.
Associate member Vivian Utko will present “Growing and Using Your Own Herbs and Edible Flowers – with Tastings.” The demonstration will take place at 12:30 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed
The garden is divided into seven sections, including culinary, medicinal, pest repellent, dye plants, shrub border, ground cover and fragrant herbs.
The garden is divided into seven sections, including culinary, medicinal, pest repellent, dye plants, shrub border, ground cover and fragrant herbs. Photo Credit: Contributed

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The New York Unit of the Herb Society of America will hold its 67th Annual Herb Fair at the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site in Katonah on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Many varieties of herbs and plants, including some unusual ones, will be available for purchase and Herb Society members will be present to advise on herb use and cultivation. Deirdre Larkin, Horticulturist and Plant Historian, will be available to answer questions. Homemade pantry items such as jellies, pesto and chutneys will be available. Some special offerings this year include blueberry lemon jam, smooth mango chutney, lovage syrup and several types of mustard. Herbal sachets and potpourri will be sold at the fragrance table. Herbal baked goods, local honey, gardening aids, and herbal gifts and books will be offered.

The raffle will include cookbooks signed by notable chefs Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Alain Ducasse. “Album Vilmorin: The Vegetable Garden”--ready-to-frame prints of 19th century French garden vegetables--will also be raffled. Naturalist, photographer and author, Carol Gracie, will be available to sign copies of her book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast. Susan Lacerte, Director of Queens Botanical Garden, will greet and inform guests about the Queens Botanical Garden. Guests can purchase herbal coffee products from ULIVjava Martha Stewart “Coffee with Benefits”® that are made with all natural herbs and botanicals.

Music will be provided under the tent by guitarist, Spiros Exaras. Proceeds support local gardens and organizations such as the New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, The Cloisters and the Garden Education Center of Greenwich. The New York Unit will offer its popular lovage soup for sale, as well as a delicious herbal lunch.

Admission to the Herb Fair is free, and the event takes place rain or shine. For more information or directions to the site, visit www.johnjayhomestead.org or call (914) 232-5651. All other correspondence to herbsocietyny@gmail.com

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