Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse hosted an herbs class and workshop during the weekend. The class was taught by Christina Blume an herbalist who taught at Denver Botanic Gardens for 25 years.
Blume is mother-in-law to Fieldcrest owner Amber Endres. Both Endres and Blume were showered with compliments on the workshop from participants.
The workshop started with participants identifying various herbs by smelling and tasting them. Chives, cilantro, parsley and basil were all laid out on a table and the participants identified each one correctly.
Blume began discussing many different kinds of herbs and educated participants on their various culinary and medicinal uses. Blume went into detail about growing, harvesting and preserving.
She also taught the class how to make their own herb-infused cooking oil and they made French Boursin which is an herb-infused cream cheese spread.
All attendants were given a herb growing kit which they planted while at the workshop.
Nine people participated in the event and all are looking forward to another possible herbs workshop.
“Everyone enjoyed it, they wanted to come back to learn more,” Endres said.
Because of the great feedback, Endres plans to bring Blume back for more classes and workshops.
“There is a lot of interest in a medicinal workshop and a craft workshop,” Endres said.
The medicinal course would include how to make balms and salves. The craft class would consist of creating soaps, lotions and creams.
Endres plans to do these workshops with Blume sometime yet this year, although it hasn’t been decided yet when, Blume hopes to do one in fall. Endres hopes to keep introducing new workshops and classes of all kinds.
“I have so many ideas, but I don’t know quite which ones people would be most interested in,” she said.
It is hard to believe Endres hasn’t owned her location on Broadway Street in Bloomfield a year yet, as she has done so much with her new business.
As her farmers markets last fall and classes throughout the year have gained traction, her excitement for the upcoming planting season is growing.
She is planning on doing a pot painting class in late April, around the same time that she plans to opens the doors of the greenhouse for her inaugural season.
Other ideas for classes including planting classes or fairy garden classes for children and even a Mother’s Day event have been bouncing around in her head. Endres hopes to receive some feedback from the community on what kind of classes they would enjoy going to.
She also plans to team up with Amanda Hanson who sells Thirty-One bags for a ladies night where women can splurge on bags and plants.
Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse will be open full-time for about six weeks starting sometime in late April or early May. Endres thinks it would be nice to have some sort of class every weekend during the six week period.