Yesterday morning I walked outside and the first of autumn’s leaves were swirling to the ground. I stood entranced and enchanted as the wind blew gusts of gold around me.
I don’t think of August as golden. I think of it as dusty brown and tired, a little parched and weary. But with the rain we’ve had in Asheville this year, August has been calendula and goldenrod, elecampane and sunflowers…and now autumn’s first leaves.
The rain has also brought a hardy crop of weeds. Earlier this month, Andrew and I pricked our fingers on spiky pigweed helping our friends at Pangaea Plants clean up the tulsi beds. Truly? I was exhausted after 3 hours in the field. Knowing how hard our farmers work makes me all the more grateful to be witnessing a resurgence of medicinal herb growers here on the East Coast.
Farm Direct Herbs at Herbiary
At Herbiary we believe its mission imperative to support these folks who are nurturing the land and, through their hard work, nurturing each of us with the most vibrant botanical medicine we’ve ever been able to bring into our shops.
While all the herbs we carry are organic or wildcrafted, many need to be imported over long distances. Sometimes this is because we use plants—for both spicing and medicine—that don’t grow in the U.S. At other times it’s simply because there is no locally-grown alternative. Through partnerships with East Coast farmers, we’re now able to bring you Farm Direct herbs. We’re thrilled to be working with the farmers at:
- Pangaea Plants in Lake Lure, NC
- Barefoot Botanicals in Doylestown, PA
- Our Friendly Allies in Marshall, NC
- Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, VT
Yup, they cost a little more. But it’s pretty obvious it’s worth it!
The Lunar Lab Podcast
Yup, I have a podcast…which I don’t mention to you much because it’s aimed at entrepreneurs and I didn’t think you’d be interested. But soooo many people have told me they love listening to my podcasting partner, Becca Piastrelli, and me square off about trying to balance our spirits and our spreadsheets without losing our minds. After one woman told me she feels like listening to The Lunar Lab has helped her be a better mom, I thought okay, Maia, quit being so compartmentalized. After all, I love Car Talk something fierce and I’ve never fixed a car in my life!
So give The Lunar Lab a listen and let me know what you think. This month’s episodes include:
EPISODE 23: Making Marketing Yummy, Delicious & Fun
Selling your services doesn’t have to mean you’re selling out. In this episode, Becca and Maia talk about infusing joy back into marketing.
Find all the Lunar Lab Podcasts here.
Best of the Blog for August
If you missed ‘em, here’s a refrain:
- Once you find connection with what really matters, don’t diminish it or you with spiritual platitudes. Here are my thoughts.
- Anyone else fascinated with Game of Thrones? I had a bit of fun doing something in Westeros that I can’t do in the U.S.
- Finally, I arrived at a couple of action steps that might inspire you to create a world where people cherish diversity.
Over and out for now. If you want to connect with me before next Sunday, come find me on Instagram.
‘Til next week!