Fat Cat Farms. But back to the postcard above, it says at the top: "Each day brings new delights here at Sycamore Farms as herbs like thyme, sage and oregano emerge from their long winter's rest. Even the chickens seem more energetic as they search for bugs. We're sowing seed for everything from basil to dill." Below it says: "Come and explore our seed selection, or just sit on a garden bench and watch the birds."
I actually have an herb from that California visit in my garden. It is this basil mint or Mentha arvensis. It is grown commercially in Japan, Brazil and other countries for its essential oils, which are used in toothpastes, pharmaceutical products and colognes. It prefers a drier situation, but mine seems to be very happy in the shade and wet by the birdbath. There are 'Banana', 'Coconut' and 'Variegata' varieties of Mentha arvensis as well.
You will get a feel for the farm from the link above. Hopefully this "new" version will stay afloat! Please if you are in the Paso Robles area, patronize this farm. Got to find my photos of that trip. You will enjoy seeing the other places we visited! Hope you are staying warm wherever you are! It is FREEZING here in the 'Burgh! I hear possibly colder next week! Yikes! Our little furnace is working overtime! Talk to you later!
- Lemon Verbena Fact Sheet
- Lemon Verbena Recipes
- List of Perennial Herbs
- A List of Annual Herbs
- A List of Tender Perennials
- A List of Edible Flowers and Ten Rules for Eating Them
- A Partial List of Nonedible or Poisonous Flowers
- Links to Guest Posts for Mother Earth Living Magazine
- Links to Timber Press Book Reviews
- Info About My Handout for The Zen of Making Herbal Jelly!