Celebrating One Year in business on March 11th!

 “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

 Giving a gift is one of my favorite things to do, so opening The Village Forager was like wrapping a big present up and giving it to all of you.  I am grateful for all the support and kind words regarding the store and super excited that our first year was a hit.  Even more excited to put together another year!  I want to make our One Year celebration all about the people who have made this year a success- YOU,  so we have a lot of things planned all next week! We have many new gift items in the store and will be unveiling a new drink in the coffee shop soon.  We also carry baked goods from Sugar Mama's now and they are wonderful!  Here's a run down on next week:

Lots of Discounts and Sales in the store every day Tuesday-Sunday

Cool gifts with purchase all week

Free tea packet samples

Free Cookies (Sugar Mama's),Cupcakes (Carter's Cupcakes), and Wildberry Hibiscus tea on Sunday March 11th (while they last! )

Look for daily updates on Instagram and Facebook!  Hope to see everyone next week!


New Year/New Sign

Thanks to everyone for supporting local and shopping small throughout the holiday season!  It was great to see so many people stop in for the first time!  

We decided  to put a new bright sign out by the road and bring our original beauty up by the front door,  hope that makes our building easier for new customers to find!  

We've been spending a lot of time planning events for the next year-  some more art shows, some make and take parties and who knows what else!  Also, even though it's winter outside, we are doing our best to keep it warm and cozy in here, also green!  We still have airplants and other potted plants.  Stocking plenty of herbal teas, local honey and other products to keep colds and the flu at bay as well.  

Can't wait to fill up the greenhouse again when the weather is a little bit warmer!  In the meantime, we hope to see you for everything Valentine's Day!  We'll have plenty of chocolate, cool plants, cute cards and unique jewelry!  In March we'll celebrate our one year anniversary here!  More information to follow on all of that!  

Enjoy every day!


Holiday Happenings

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means the holiday season is sneaking up on us as well.  The Village Forager is all ready for the holidays, tree lit and all!  We have many great gift ideas for everyone on your list plus hot drinks in our coffee shop, biscotti and poinsettias in the greenhouse.  We are kicking it off on Black Friday with specials in the store for Small Business Saturday also!  We will be giving away a box of Ghyslain chocolates when you spend $25, one per customer. Tea gift sets, Tea of the Month Club Certificates and gift certificates will be available along with complimentary snacks and hot tea samples.  Our weekend hours will be extended starting that weekend and going through the holidays- 10 am - 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and our Sunday hours will be 12-5 pm.  

Be sure to stop by on December 2nd for our Holiday Open House during the Christmas in Centerville celebration.  We'll have hot chocolate & cookies.  We also welcome local artist Barry Harrison- he will be here from 4 pm -8 pm  to sign copies of his recently published children's book- what a great holiday gift!  

Thanks to everyone for your support and Happy Holidays!

Make & Take Essential Oil Workshop

Just a couple of things happening this month at The Village Forager.  On October 25th we are offering a little workshop for essential oils, a "make and take".  Here's how it works: 

We supply some essential oils and containers for diffuser dropping or skin rolling, you pick out your favorite combos and we'll mix them up for you and you take it home!  Meanwhile, we hang out and eat snacks, listen to music, and drink coffee and tea.  $10 per person for a 10 ml bottle.  Please message me or call to sign up!  6:30 on Wednesday night October the 25th.

ALSO- We will have a little "Autumn in the Village" shindig on Halloween, the 31st.  All day we will have spiced cider and Chai Donuts from Square Donuts.  We will also have candy for any early trick-or-treaters!

ALSO!  We now offer Ghyslain Chocolate in the store!  So beautiful!  ( and tasty ).


Fall Happenings

The calendar through December is already filling up!  The leaves are just starting to turn so we thought it was a good time to add fall flavors to our coffee shop drinks!  Stop in and try a Pumpkin Spice Chai or a Maple Spice Latte. We will also be offering soon a craft donut designed for our store by Square Donuts- Chai icing on a yummy vanilla cake donut.  Don't forget the Community Festival in Centerville this month-the 23rd, and Homecoming is the 29th.  We will have a lot going on to support the Bulldogs that week- Blue Jones Soda giveaways, 10% off for Centerville students with student ID, and more.  October brings another class at The Village Forager and a "Fall in the Village"  gathering at the store.  We will start sign ups for the class very soon!  


Back to School

The kids heading back to school can bring either a sigh of relief or a sigh mourning the end of another summer.  I'm a little middle of the road on this one.  I do love all of the seasons in Indiana, summer and fall being my favorites.  I would have to say that I'm ready for all that fall brings-fires, falling leaves, my favorite sweaters and pumpkins.  Getting back to school means earlier bedtimes, earlier mornings and stressed out afternoons and evenings getting that math homework finished!  I just put together an essential oil blend called  "Back to School". It comes in a convenient roller ball bottle so that you can sneak it on the bottoms of someones feet before they go to bed at night (also, just as useful for stressed out Mom's! ).  

Feels good to have regulars at our coffee shop even though we're not open "coffee shop" hours!  Ask us for a customer appreciation punch card if you'd like to be one of our regulars!  We'd love to give you a free drink.   Also, offering 10% off of all coffee shop drinks with a student ID!              Check us out next month for fall flavors in the coffee shop- pumpkin and maple spice!  


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Centerville Community Fest this Saturday

So many cool things happening in Centerville on this Saturday June the 24th.  The Village Forager will have a tent at the Community Market located at 204 North Morton Avenue with some cool new things that haven't been in the shop yet along with succulents, essential oils and teas, etc- that's from 12-6 p.m. There will also be a food truck in the park for BBQ and drinks!  Come to the park later for a blues rock band concert and a beer & wine garden!  Wow.  Very excited about all of that.  Hope everyone can make it out to support this great town, should be a great day, great night!

Essential Oils Class at The Village Forager

Hello!  I finally scheduled a night for Essential Oils 101!  On Thursday July the 13th at 6:30 we will host  Essential Oils Educator Ann Taylor for a quick course covering things like how to use essential oils for health and wellness and removing toxins from your home.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served afterwards and you can check out all the new things in the shop! This event is free but space is limited!  Please email me, call the shop or stop in to reserve a spot.  Thanks everyone for all your support and see you soon!




Infused Honey

The last month has flown by-the last day of school, Mother's Day, the wedding and Memorial Day, all behind me now.  I've been thinking about my herbs and recipes to go with them for grilling, baking, etc.  I hope to plan an evening soon to try out some recipes at the store with anyone who can make it, thought that would be fun.  I ran across some old recipes I had for infusing honey with herbs and thought I'd pass a couple along.  My favorite is Lemon Rosemary honey which is a great marinade for pork or even drizzled over roasted vegetables.  To drizzle in my tea I like Chamomile Lemon Balm honey.  Just be sure to rinse off and dry thoroughly any herbs you might use and if you use lemon or orange zest let it dry over night.   I think the easiest way is to put the chopped herbs into a tea bag or piece of cheesecloth, put into a jar and pour over the honey.  It's best to let it sit for a couple of weeks to really infuse those flavors.  You could try so many variations of infusions:  Lavender & Vanilla Bean, Vanilla & Orange, Cloves, Sage....and try drizzling your own combinations on everything from ice cream to yogurt to oatmeal!  

1 tablespoon dried, grated lemon zest , 1 1/4 teaspoons dried or 2 fresh rosemary sprigs and about 8 ounces of honey

2 tablespoons chamomile, 1 tablespoon lemon balm leaves and 8 ounces of honey

We have some new things in the store and definitely have the honey for your infusions!  Stop by if you're out hitting the 40 Garage Sales this weekend-cool off with some Wildberry Hibiscus Tea!  Thanks everyone!




Summer is upon us even though the weather does not reflect it!  Even though I can't feel it, I can certainly see it and hear it.  Just wanted to give a heads up regarding store hours in the coming weeks.  On Friday May 12th,  I will pick two winners from the Mother's Day basket giveaway and call them so they can pick up their prize Saturday or Sunday.  We will be open on Mother's Day for any last minute scrambling or to spend the gift card you might have gotten (11 am- 4 pm).  

The next weekend my daughter is getting married! Very happy and excited about that!  Friday the 19th we will close at 3:00 and will be closed on Saturday the 20th, back in on Sunday from 11-4.  Hope to see everyone in this week!  Lots of things going on requiring gifts!  Mother's Day, Graduation and weddings!  Don't forget to sign up for the basket if you haven't already-

Open on Mother's Day  11 am- 4 pm

Open May 19th from 10 am- 3 pm  

Closed May 20th

Open May 21st 11 am-4 pm



I have added some new cool things to the store.  We now have Heirloom Seed Gardening Kits for growing plants in small spaces- great gifts for kids or beginner gardeners.  Also, some seasoning mixes to make your dinner time a little quicker and tastier!  "Dinner Tonight" seasoning mixes are all natural and gluten free.  We have some cool new cards for Mother's Day and Graduation-some really beautiful  cards from Joseph Halberstadt Photography!  Very excited to have those.  

I will be giving more information in the next few days about a Mother's Day basket giveaway!

 Hard to believe we've been open for six weeks now, time sure does fly.  I've let a lot of days just slide by unnoticed lately because I've been so busy.  This week I've reminded myself of my own advice- life is too short- live in the moment- try to take some time and notice the birds, notice the trees swaying in the breeze- listen to the rain-hear your own breathing.  Be thoughtful. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their day and this beautiful weather!

Masala Chai and more

I was able to spend a little time in the woods yesterday, nice.  There are little signs of Spring popping up through the leaves.  I'm ready for mushrooms, still trying to teach my dog to find them for me!  It seems with the warming weather that we've been making a lot of iced Masala Chai for customers lately so I thought I'd share an awesome recipe I received from my friend at Rishi tea- thanks Marino!  Just blend 3 ounces of the Chai concentrate with 4 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk, 1 small banana and a couple of ice cubes- yum.  Also, this week we finally got in the salt lamps and they certainly are pretty- come in and check them out while they last!  I've been trying to take some customer requests as well- smudge sticks for your spring time bonfires, herbal health products, some new soaps with essential oil body sprays and lotions to match.  You catch a different scent in all corners of the store.  We have Easter coming up soon and then Mother's Day, graduation, and summer weddings!  I've ordered a lot of cool things soon to be on the shelves for all your gift needs- pictures to post asap!  Have a great week everyone-


Orange Blossom Bomb

It's turning green in the woods and you can smell Spring time in the air- Spring Break this week in Centerville.  I've found a new favorite tea to celebrate the season- Orange Blossom! This tea is a powerhouse for your health with organic green tea, jasmine, lemon grass, lemon myrtle and orange, lime and tangerine essential oils.  Not only does it smell like an orange grove, its ingredients offer antioxidant, anti-viral, and antiseptic qualities!  This tea is beautiful hot with a touch of local honey from West Grove Apiaries.  It's also awesome iced-would be a great spring and summer time iced tea with slices of lemons or oranges! Come in and try some!

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Elderberry Syrup!

First of all I want to thank everyone that came to the grand opening last Saturday-what a great day it was!  Everyone that I had a chance to talk to seemed genuinely excited about the store. I have spent the last couple of days reordering teas and air plants- all of the air plants are gone!  

Secondly, seems like everyone in my family has been sick in the last few weeks-my daughter, grandchildren, and both of my sons.  A lot of coughing and sore throats-yikes!  Trying hard to not get it myself!  Last night I made a batch of Elderberry Syrup-pretty easy since I carry both the Elderberries and the honey needed for the recipe.  Here's how I do it:

Step 1: In a saucepan cover 2 ounces of dried black elderberries with 1 quart of water.  Boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer until reduced to a pint.  Strain.

Step 2: Return liquid to the pan.  Use a wooden spoon to stir in 1 1/2 cups of honey until thoroughly dissolved.

Step 3: Let the syrup cool to room temperature.  Pour into a clean jar, label and date.  It will keep in the refrigerator up to a year.  

I plan to take a few teaspoons today when I think about it and probably put a little into my water bottle to sip on the rest of the time.  It's really pretty tasty!  Enjoy!

Grand Opening March 11th

Today is February 24th.  The sun is shining and the high is expected to be 73 degrees in Centerville.  Tomorrow, not so much...high will be 38 degrees with a mix of rain and snow! Always warm and comforting in The Village Forager though!  I am ready to open, just a few last minute finishing touches.  We have set the date for March the 11th, Saturday, opening at 10 am.  I finally had to pick a date and stick to it!   I want to thank Mr. Barry Harrison, local Centerville artist, for taking some awesome photos of my products and a couple of me (not too many of those in existence!) .  Can't wait to share this project with everyone!  


I had hoped to be open by now for Valentine's Day shopping but not quite ready.  We received our occupancy permit and a thumbs up from the Health Department this week so one  step closer.  This week I am stocking shelves, placing last minute orders, and trying to keep the greenhouse warm!  I just love being here and hope that everyone else will as well.  On a sunny day like  today it is just beautiful and warm and so comforting with the scents of soaps, candles and Chai tea that surround you!  I am excited to be offering local honey from Josh Smith at West Grove Apiaries right here in Centerville!  Received my first order this week and have tested it out in a Golden Chamomile Honey Tea Latte and a Cinnamon Honey Cappuccino!  I  hope to be getting Grand Opening cards in the mail soon and am thinking about the first weekend in March or close to it.  See everyone soon!



A new year is upon us!  In the next couple of weeks the store will really start to take shape into the vision I have in my head.  We have painted, tiled, hung doors, and put in the service desk as of today.  Hopefully we'll get lights hung, plumbing finished and shelves on the walls next week.  At home I've been concentrating on herbs-bottling and labels.  Everything is coming together.  Opened up the road to social media with Instagram and Facebook, doing the best I can- never really been my thing but I'm catching on!  Everyone has been so nice and so excited about the store so I am working hard to make it as cool as I possibly can.  Well, back to painting doors and trim today.  Happy New Year to all!


Whistle while you work

Just made it through Thanksgiving, what an awesome gathering it was.  Around 40 plus family and extended family members at my house. So much good food and so much fun!  Looking forward to December now-making my lists and checking them twice.  A lot of progress on the building but slow going-We have heat, electricity and water, a paved front lot and landscaping done.  Almost finished painting and next we will put down ceramic tile...yikes!  Just taking it day by day and doing what we can.  It looks wonderful so far and I can finally get a visual on what the store will look like when it's all set up.  I have so many cool products boxed up and in my basement-can't wait to set them all out for everyone to check out!  

At home

My favorite place to be in the world is at home in the woods.  Always searching for something beautiful that I can pick up and put in my pocket- a rock, a twisted twig, flower, acorn,  whatever.  I feel safe and at home in the woods-any season.  I hope that my store will be an extension of that same feeling-I hope that The Village Forager will be a place to take a deep breath of fresh air, a space filled with unique things to bring a smile to your face.  To "forage" means to hunt, search, rummage, or scavenge for something- I think of birds in the woods always searching for food or pieces of straw and twigs to build their nests.  I feel like The Village Forager will be a place to search for that special thing you might need to complete a wish list,  a last minute birthday present, or something neat for you to put in your pocket and hold dear.  All of my herbs and spices are certified organic, as well as the herbal teas and herb starts in the greenhouse.  I will offer soy and beeswax candles with cotton wicks and handmade bath and body products that have a very short ingredient list!  We hope to be working on the inside of The Village Forager in the next couple of weeks, so not much longer!  I'm so excited to be able to share this with everyone.