by Nicki Wood
It's an herb fair by name, a late opportunity to pick up the herbs you want, from aloe and bee balm to stevia and thyme, along with tomato plants and native Middle Tennessee plants. New this year are companion plants for growing an optimal healthy garden. Garden experts are on hand to answer questions, which you wouldn't find at just any fair.
What goes better with herbs than felting? Nothing, that's what. Felted coasters, shopping bags knitted from recycled bottle "plarn," and all manner of sewn items like children's craft smocks and aprons. Nice place to shop for Mother's Day (the following day), if you're not flexing the wallet to take her to The Catbird Seat. (Oops, sorry Mom. Catbird's closed on Sundays.)
For foodists, the baked goods offer a powerful draw. The church community bakes chocolate zucchini bread, cinnamon rolls, dill rolls, lemon bread, rhubarb bread and more from identical recipes so you always know what you're getting. Go early if you want cinnamon rolls. And you do. (And get the dog some homemade dog biscuits.)
Inspired by herbs, the fair's mandate extends to anything that can be done with herbs, including floral notecards, herb vinegars, spice mixes and rubs, flavored mustards, and the jewel in the crown: homemade pesto. Where else can you buy homemade pesto, seriously?
9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 12
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville
1808 Woodmont Blvd.