May/June 2011

News from
The Thyme Garden

May/June 2011


After being in business for 22 years now and wanting to keep in touch with our customers with a monthly newsletter we're giving it a try. We apologize if you received this email and don't want to be bothered. You can easily unsubscribe below. We think this will be a great way to share our 30 years of experience at growing herbs as well as using them in recipes in the kitchen.

A Feast for the Senses
~Gain Knowledge of Herbs -Treat Yourself to an Herbal Tour and Herbal Luncheon

The Buzz on Bees
~Thoughts of an Apiarist and the Sweetness of Herbal Honey

Mother's Day Re-Cap
~Reflections on this year's Mother's Day Event

Hop Season Ending
~Last Chance on Hops! Some on Sale Now!

Wings in the Garden
~Choosing Herbs for You and Your Winged Friends to Enjoy

Featured Herb: Basil
~Exploring all the different types & uses. Tips for growing, harvesting and storing and a recipe!

Filling Your Teapot
~ Create your own tea a teapot!

A Feast for the Senses
~ The Thyme Garden Luncheons & Tours
   Our nursery and display gardens are tucked away in the mountains just a short drive from Corvallis, Oregon on Highway 34 to Waldport on the coast. The drive alone is worth the trip, taking you past Mary's Peak, the highest point in the Coast Range Mountains of Oregon.

 On your day of pampering and learning in this beautiful setting, we start with a guided tour of our greenhouses, discussion on how we propagate our plants, how our greenhouses work and the plants that are growing in them. After having an aromatherapy experience in our little conservatory where we have collected aromatic and fragrant plants we will stroll through our display gardens and discuss the herbs we see as well as the ones you will have the pleasure of experiencing with your herbal luncheon. The tour and luncheon normally lasts about 3 hours. The cost is $25.00 per person which includes gratuity and is not refundable. In order that we can give everyone plenty of attention we have to restrict the size of the group to 24. We also require a minimum number of twelve people. Interested individuals or small groups may combine with others to meet the required minimum number. The event is held on Tuesdays, Wedsdays, and Thursdays starting in June and lasting through mid-August.
 The luncheon is peaceful and relaxing as you dine outdoors under the fir trees and absorb the ambiance of nature,surrounded by the beautiful coast range mountains and the hypnotizing sound of our year round stream that borders this special place.Our nursery with over 700 varieties of useful plants is open for those who would like to take some herbs home with them.

Happy luncheon ladies being entertained by Rolfe

An Example of a Luncheon Menu...
~A beautiful mixed green salad with a tapestry of edible flowers and colorful herbs

~Herbal Teas and our Signature Lavender Lemonade

~Homemade Herbal Breads with an array of Herb Butters & Spreads
Thyme Garden Luncehon

~Fresh Wild Salmon Baked in Papillote on a Bed of Sorrel with Dill & Caper Sauce. Served with Homemade Herbal Pasta and Greenbeans With Basil & Almond

~Deep Dark Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Laced Glaze and Hand Whipped Cream

For more information call (541) 487-8671

The Buzz on Bees
~ "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live." ~ Albert Einstein
  One of my enjoyable pass times is raising bees. I have been doing it for a long time and am still amazed by them, from their complex social structure to the amount of sweet product they produce for us to enjoy - sorry bees.
 I do try to justify taking most of their hard work at the end of the season by telling myself I provide a comfortable, clean place to live, plenty of space to grow their family and do what they do  collect honey. The average hive contains about 60,000 to 80,000 bees in the summer. Sometimes if the hive gets too crowded they swarm thereby spreading more colonies around and adding more pollinators to the environment.
  I think our Thyme Garden Honey tastes especially good not just because I helped produce it (although I could be biased) but because bees go to the nearest flowers with the most nectar and in our case it would be our herb gardens. I think you can taste the mild flavor of all those fragrant herb flowers. The added bonus is all our flowers are organic! To make a pound of honey, a colony of bees collects nectar from over a million flowers. Bees collect 66 lbs of pollen per year, per hive which they also use as food. To do that they need to work fast flying up to 15 miles per hour beating their tiny wings 250 times per second! Our hard workers are also in abundance to pollinate our seed crops making our seeds extra fertile.

  Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. Honey has antibacterial qualities and can help relieve allergies. Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods, consisting of up to 35% protein, 10% sugars, carbohydrates, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins A (carotenes), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinic acid), B5 (panothenic acid), C (ascorbic acid), H (biotin), and R (rutine). When we extract our honey pollen is also mixed into the raw honey. Eating local honey has always been shown to help reduce allergy symptoms. How sweet is that?
Mother's Day Re-Cap
 Our 19th annual Mother's Day 'Art in the Garden' music and art festival was another great success despite the little less than perfect weather. It seems like the rain and cooler temperatures just won't give it up this year.

Ah but on Mother's Day weekend we had plenty going to outdo the weather. The air was filled with the sounds of nature and people having fun mixed with the notes from bluegrass music, the blues guitar and harmonica and rhythmic sounds of the marimba players.

Woven into our natural setting were over 30 awesome artists tents filled with all sorts of fantastic artistry and crafts.
   And to complete the sensual experience an incense-like fragrance would waft through the air carrying the smell of rosemary and charcoal from the grills preparing our rosemary infused hamburgers stuffed with feta cheese.  Yum.
Yes it was a good weekend for all of us at The Thyme Garden, our artists and over a thousand people that came and joined the party. See you next year!

Hop Season Ending
    Last chance to order your hop rhizomes! It's time for us to spend all of our time outside so we will be done with hop shipping on May 27th. Our awesome Northern Brewer Rooted Cuttings are on sale now for $6.95.  We will begin taking pre-orders for 2012 in June. We will still have hop cones and pellets for sale, and rhizomes for purchase at our nursery in gallon pots.

Thanks for Reading and Happy Spring!

~ The Thyme Garden Staff and Happy Hoppers

The Thyme Garden

~20546 Alsea Hwy.~Alsea, OR 97324 ~ 541-487-8671~

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