Herbs are the ultimate edible plants for beginner gardeners. If you don’t put any other culinary plants in the dirt, I would highly recommend at least growing a few herbs. They are easy and they elevate the quality of your cooking immensely.
Need help learning how to grow or cook with fresh herbs? Check out The Second Annual Salem Museum “Herb Faire” on April 20. The fair, with is sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Volunteers and the Roanoke Master Gardener’s Association, will include a number of workshops, as well as an herb plant sale and an herb potting station.
If you want to attend any workshops, the fee is $5 per person for the entire fair. That includes tastings and demonstrations. If you just want to go to the herb sale and don’t plan to go to workshops, there is no admission fee. The museum will be open that day, as well, and there is no admission fee for the galleries.
I will post a list of workshops below. Click “Read more” to see them. To register for workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the fair, contact your local extension office at 540 -772-7524.
10-10:30 a.m. “Rocking with Rosemary”– Learn to process fresh or dried herbs as we explore the rockin’ world of Rosemary and sample delicious snacks!
• 10:45-11:15 a.m. “Let’s Make Herbs de Provence”– Make a sample to take home of this versatile herb mixture and taste a traditional herbed vegetable dish from Provence.
• 11:30-12 “Adding Asian Flair with Herb Cookery”–Use common garden herbs and inexpensive Asian ingredients to add uncommon Oriental flavors to BBQ chicken and coleslaw!
• 12-12:45 Lunch break –Smokehouse BBQ will be on site if you wish to purchase lunch; or brown bag it on your own.
• 12:45- 1:15 “Air Dried Herbs: Two Simple Techniques”– You will learn options for herb preservation with emphasis on air drying, rack drying, and proper storage. Enjoy a dish too!
• 1:30- 2:00 “Design an Herb Garden” –Learn to use your garden space effectively to grow the herbs you enjoy!
• 2:15- 2:45 “Edible Flower Cuisine”– Enjoy a sampling of edible flower cookery prepared with real flowers and learn to create appetizers and garnishes using flowers and herbs.
• 3:00- 3:30 “Herbs and Beneficial Insects”–Investigate the value of herbs in luring pollinators and butterflies to your garden.