A spring tradition returns to Montmorenci with 2010’s first Herb Faire at Pascalina.
The Herb Faire will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the historic Montmorenci estate located at 3250 Charleston Highway (U.S. Highway 78). Pascalina’s owner, Jackie Heath, her daughter Linda Oswald and neighbor Ginny Sherman began the tradition of spring and fall Herb Faires about 12 years ago, according to Oswald.
“We’ll have all our old favorites returning, of course, and some new surprises,” Oswald said.
Among the returning favorites are Mennonite baked goods, potter Ann Baker of Montmorenci and area potter Laura Cardello, a cornmeal and grain grinder making stone-ground grits and cornmeal courtesy of Steve Gantt of Leesville, and many more. Meta Whitlock will do sand castings and there will be ironwork, woodwork, garden ornaments, antiques, soaps, cheese and many other handcrafted products from local vendors.
There will be refreshments, including sandwiches on homemade breads from the Mennonite bakers. Plant sales will include herbs, flowers, vegetable plants and more. There will be sign-ups for notification of vegetable harvests available to purchase as the crops come in at Pascalina’s vegetable garden, starting with sweet corn and tomatoes.
“Some years back, my daddy had a produce operation, and this year we want to start that back up again,” Oswald said.
Admission and parking for the Herb Faire is free. For more information or for directions to the Herb Faire, call 646-3774.
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