|These festive scarecrows guide visitors to the Soaphouse.|
|The festival isn't just about buying and selling, people come and spend hours, visit, make friends, eat and shop.|
Herb Day attracts a variety of vendors, plant people and crafters, all coming for 2 days of visiting, selling and eating. This year, the parking lots were filled to the brim and they had the biggest attendance ever. Some came as a tribute to Gayl, who made friends and customers in many states with her kind ways and excellent soaps (some made from the herbs in her garden and the goats milk from her herd of goats on her farm).
|There were a variety of plant vendors, trug makers, photographers, wood turners and potters.|
|We know him as the "Iron Guy" and he makes hand-forged garden pieces.|
|The iron pieces are organic and graceful as well as functional.|
|Steve Hassell, Gayl's brother.|
One of the things people look forward to each year is having a piece (or a whole cake to take home) of Gayl's lemon verbena cake. I remember last year Gayl saying she'd made something like 30 cakes for the 2 days and sold out!
|The famous lemon verbena cake, delightfully lemony.|
|Handmade soaps, with enchanting fragrances and flavors.|
But soap is the real reason for the festival, soap made on the farm, from herbs and flowers from Gayl's garden.
|My personal favorite soap is the spicy caravan soap.|
Visit their website to learn more about their organic, hand-crafted soaps from the farm.