Thank you to everyone who replied and liked the idea and for your suggestions. We got so many messages and replies, it felt like it was going viral. They will settle on a name today. I think the current favorites are Wildwood Bounty or Earth Offerings. They will create a separate blog, as many of you suggested: The Witch’s Cottage. Some of the first things they are going to offer are wild carrot/baby’s breath herbal oil and ostrich fern vinegar, along with birch conk tea. When the wild summer fruits and herbs appear, there will be a selection of fine jellies, too. Dried herbs will also be available as the year progresses. All products will become available at local markets and online.
Exactly what they can offer will depend on what each season provides. Everything they offer will be gathered from the forest and glades of Twa Corbies Hollow, a rare place where mountain streams flow like liquid crystal and the air is so pure Old Man’s Beard grows a foot long.
It will also depend on provincial regulations, and they are going to a meeting about that on Wednesday. The problem is that on the one hand, the province encourages creative, sustainable forestry. On the other, the provincial government is pedantic and purile, and effectively regulates cottage farm and forestry industries out of existence at their inception. For example, despite many requests, we have never offered our organic, free-range milk and cheese–even as gifts–due to the tendency of the province to treat free-range, homemade dairy like toxic waste, while allowing industrial dairy–the real toxic waste–free access to any market.
The girls are creating a website, blog and FB page today. I will post those over the next couple days as they become available.