Yesterday was the annual, and perhaps the last, Lavender Fair at La Paix Herb Farm, a beautiful place not far from Weston, WV. For some years, La Paix owner Myra Bonhage-Hale has hosted the gathering. I’d always wanted to attend, and I am very glad I was able to spend the day with this lovely woman and her plants. The photo above is from her Feng Shui Garden. Below, the lavender lady demonstrates distilling. (Her essential oils are intense: I just flavored a huge pasta salad with two drops of rosemary essential oil.)
In addition to the workshop on distilling, there were several other workshops, including a wild edibles walk on which I discovered that the leaves of ox-eyed daisy are delicious and peppery. Chef Dale Hawkins of Fish Hawk Farms prepared a wonderful lunch. Vendors sold jewelry, baked goods, fresh produce, and (guess who) shibori-dyed clothing. Jane Birdsong strolled among the fair-goers singing songs on request, and Ellie (whose last name I failed to ask) had set up her massage chair to give back and neck rubs.
It was even worth getting all gummy from insect repellent and sunscreen, although I will admit that the drive home seemed especially long because I could hardly wait to get into the shower. Here are couple more images from the day: