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!

Angie

 

 

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!

Angie

 

May...

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

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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!  

Almost...

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!

Angie

2017

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!

Angie

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.  

Moving right along...

Well they poured the footers, put the floor down and are putting up the walls this week.  Looks like something is actually happening over there!  I've been working hard on finding cool products for the store- I've ordered soaps and candles, made some planters and worked on some jewelry.  It's all coming together, slowly.  Nervous and excited at the same time.  

Counting down

Lots of things happening this summer!  My parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary, my cousin's wedding, my class reunion, leaving a job, opening a new business.  All very exciting but a little hectic too- throw in kids and grand kids and just take a deep breath!  My husband and I visited the Indieana Handicraft Exchange Summer Show at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis last weekend-very cool stuff there.  We were able to check out a lot of things that we'd like to have in the store and make some connections for later- ceramics, paper products, soaps and essential oils- just to name a few.  We've confirmed the design for the building and construction should begin in July,  I plan to have everything ( or almost everything ) ready to move right in as soon as it's done.  I won't promise it, but I'm hoping for a grand opening before Christmas.  Cool place to get your last minute shopping done for sure!  and have a cup of hot cinnamon tea while you do it!  I will post pictures of products and the building process as soon as I start taking them!  Enjoy these summer days.  

Angie