Melanie and Jeff Carpenter own a sprawling vegetable garden that grows orange-blossomed calendula. The couple has relentlessly worked for the past 18 years to build their medicinal herb business and they believe that the demand for organic medicinal herbs like calendula outplaces the local produce.
Green vegetable is good for health?
Just like eating fresh green vegetable is good for health, consuming medicinal herbs also does wonders for the body. “We use herbs to build wellness,” says Melanie Carpenter. One of the amazing ways to use these herbs is to include them in food and recipes. The organic herbs not only taste good but they are also restorative and nutritious. They can be consumed as a part of your daily diet.
The Carpenters who have an 8-year-old daughter, first met as teenagers in Barre where Melanie was best friends with Jeff’s younger sister. He came from a multi-generation dairy farming family and spent many happy hours with his grandfather fishing on a pond in Zack Woods, a few miles away from the Carpenters’ current farm, named to honor those memories.
Melanie Carpenter grew up in East Barre at Sage Mountain, home-base for her stepmother, Rosemary Gladstar, a noted herbalist practitioner, teacher and writer. “People call her the fairy godmother of modern western herbalism,” Jeff Carpenter elaborated.
Melanie and her sister helped Gladstar with her work and soon started creating their own herb-based tinctures and salves under the brand, Sage Mountain Herb Products. “I got steeped in the magic,” she said with a smile.
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