To make traditional Appalachian poplar bark baskets I peel the poplar bark in the spring when the sap is rising and form the baskets right off the tree while the bark is still wet and pliable. Later, after the baskets have dried, I go back and add grapevine handles stitched in place with leather lacing. I have an acre of herb gardens where I grow all the ingredients for my teas and culinary spice blends, and I do every step of the process myself from growing, harvesting, drying and processing the herbs to hand filling the teabags, designing and labeling the tea boxes. My husband makes the most incredible French jam from all local fruit and I would love to add that to my culinary offerings at Waterford this year. I know my customers would love it.
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