We are so ready for spring at this point – our seeds we started in trays are overflowing their little cubes, our garden plots are planned, and we’re dying for warm weather! Rooster + Hen, an adorable little grocery store in Catonsville, MD featuring local and organic foods, hosted an herb crafting workshop last weekend and it looked like a perfect way to spend some time with beautiful, fragrant plants while waiting to get our own in the ground. My son, my mom, and I enjoyed a morning out that was surprisingly warm and pretty, despite having a horrible windstorm just two days prior – power was out all over, trees toppled, and it had been brutally cold!
We were greeted with chocolate pastries and coffee for breakfast, while Allison, who owns the store with her husband Joe, provided instructions for the different crafts set up at each table – wreaths on one, tea and bundles to dry on another, and a third table with pretty glass bottles and supplies to create custom blended herbal olive oil.
The tea station was definitely a favorite for my son. He’s a huge tea drinker and loved making his own blends and tying the little bags closed. I liked watching him tear up the mint leaves and mush them in his fingers a bit, enjoying the scent before putting them in the tea bag with some lavender. He’s a very creative, hands-on type of person and it is interesting to watch him become almost meditative sometimes when he’s crafting. It seems to be very soothing for him, so I try to make time for such activities as often as we can.
In addition to our herbal goodies, we brought home a carton of brussels sprouts, a loaf of fresh bread, and a fluffy cinnamon roll for later. We found homes for the things we made – my wreath of rosemary, sage, and thyme appropriately on the corner of our herbal remedy poster, and my son’s mint and lavender tea and bundles hanging in our window to dry. He also made a sage and rosemary oil blend that would go well with that loaf we bought!
Rooster + Hen always has a plethora of fun events going on – take a peek at their calendar! Allison and Joe are the kindest people who offer all sorts of creative classes, visiting food trucks, live music events, and nearly everything is family friendly too. As an added bonus, they’re an eco-friendly couple who runs R+H with the environment in mind by recycling, composting, and even offering a discount to shoppers who arrive by bike! My son gave a great endorsement by asking when we can come back for another class while we were still on our way out the door. 😉 I hope you can pay them a visit soon!