On Oct. 19, the San Antonio Herb Market welcomes fall again at the Historic Pearl Brewery, with ways to learn about, cook with and just enjoy herbs.
The market, now in its 22nd year, will be on Pearl Parkway and Avenue A. Hours are from 9 a,n, – 3 p.m. with free admission, free seminars and free parking. Pearl Parkway will be closed to traffic, as the Herb Market takes over.
This year it is time to “Respect Your Elders,” as the herbal theme is elder (Sambucus) or elderberry. Known as one of the herb world’s most useful plants, elder has culinary uses in both foods and beverages, and also is used to heal and protect.
The program for the Herb Market includes seminars such as the History and Uses of Elder, a Growing and Care for Elder segment presented by Ronnie Grell of Rainbow Garden, and a special Cooking with Elderberry demonstration by local Chef Steven McHugh.
Also on the agenda is a seminar on Herbal Blends From Around the World, a how-to on Container Gardening, and everything you wanted to know about Drip Irrigation. The Ask the Experts booth will be staffed by local professionals and specialists to answer your herb and gardening questions throughout the day.
Herb fans and growers can shop here for herbs both familiar and exotic, and celebrate this year’s “Herb of the Year.” Food items, herbal blends, candles and other herbal items will also be available.
The San Antonio Herb Market was started as an educational venue putting growers and public together to learn about herbs.
Over the years, it has evolved into an event that brings “herbivores” and herbal experts to one place to gain knowledge of growing, up and coming herbs, trends, culinary uses and more. The nutritional and dietary information is shared with Herb Market visitors, as well as other educational venues throughout San Antonio and the surrounding area during the year.
Organized by the San Antonio Herb Market Association, the presenting sponsor is the San Antonio Water System. Other sponsors include, Fanick’s Nursery, Natures Herb Farm, Big Grass Living, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Lady Bug Products, The San Antonio Herb Society, Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, Rainbow Gardens, and Shayne Sauce Foods, LLC.
For more information on events and scheduling, visit the website at www.sanantonioherbmarket.org