It's full-on production mode here at Ridge Pond Herbals in preparation for an official launch online and at two local Farmers' Markets in what I'm hoping will be just a couple weeks. I will write about all the products I'm making (including two variations on a body oil for moisturizing and/or massage that I made last night and can't get enough of!). Today I wanted to share a very happy accident that is going to be a limited edition, luxurious cream for face and hands for any rose lovers out there. I'm calling it Roses and Honey Decadence Cream. It has the same ingredients as my Roses and Honey Salve but with more precious rose essential oil and a creamy, almost liquid-y consistency from being whipped into a beautiful tizzy. The results weren't exactly what I was expecting but in the end I'm so happy with how this came out. For sale soon when my Etsy shop opens.
We're always aspiring to live more self-sufficiently whenever possible. As part of that I've been trying to take advantage of fleeting spring foods, particularly those that can be foraged or had for low cost. Spruce tips are a new favorite foraged food (I just discovered their bright, lemony flavor last year) and I picked a couple baskets full from around the farm. I'm writing about that harvest and some things I'm doing with them for the Bangor Daily News and I'll post the link to the article when it's published. Rhubarb is another spring food I love and like to harvest a lot of when it's in season. We've planted several rhubarb crowns and transplants in the same general area as our purple raspberries (we're planning on blueberries there as well next year so that we can call the area The Pie Patch) but it will likely be a couple years before we get much to harvest. In the meantime, my mother-in-law has a happy, vigorous patch in Augusta, and we benefit from her rhubarb largess.