Welcome to the Blue Owl!

Blue Owl Garden Emporium herb farm offers locally and sustainably grown culinary herbs, edible flowers, herbal seasoning blends and teas, and a variety of other unusual herbal concoctions. With about 200 dried herbs available during the winter and as many as 175 fresh ones during the summer, it's likely we can fill your every culinary herb need. All grown in Licking Co. Ohio without synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

We also offer fresh culinary mushrooms, grow-your-own mushroom logs, berries, and various other forest edibles in season from our tree farm, Blue Owl Hollow. Our fascination with unusual edibles ensures that we always have something of interest on hand.

Blue Owl products are sold locally at farmers markets and small businesses. Come visit us!

Early 2019 News

Classes at Keller Market House: Starting in 2019, the Blue Owl will be offering occasional classes at the historic Keller Market House in downtown Lancaster, OH. Here are the ones scheduled so far:

Mixing & Using Herbal Teas - Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Fight those winter blues! Nothing makes us feel cozy in the winter like a steaming cup of herbal tea. We think of tea as a soothing treat, but it's easy to overlook the many health benefits, from improving digestion, calming ragged nerves, and improving sleep, to adding key nutrients to our diet. Local herb farmer Janell Baran of Blue Owl Garden Emporium will introduce a variety of suitable tea herbs and spices - many locally and sustainably grown right here in central Ohio - as well as the best brewing techniques. Attendees will have an opportunity to experiment with their own herbal tea blends and sample a number of common and uncommon herbal flavor combinations. Class fee is $35. Register on the Keller Market House website.

Plan Your Herb Garden - Tuesday, February 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Make this the year you grow your own herbs! Janell Baran of Blue Owl Garden Emporium will explain which herbs grow well here in Ohio, how their growing requirements differ from vegetables or flowers, choosing between seeds and plant starts, timing your plantings, and much more. Participants will have the opportunity to sow seed in 3" pots to take home for a head start on this summer's herbal bounty. Class fee is $35. Register at the Keller Market House website.

Mushroom Production for the Home Grower - Tuesday, March 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Mushrooms make a wonderful complement to freshly harvested herbs and vegetables from your garden and are not any more difficult to grow. In this session, Janell Baran of Blue Owl Hollow Tree Farm will demonstrate a straight-forward log inoculation technique suitable for small-scale production of several different culinary mushrooms. Not all mushrooms can be cultivated this way, but shiitake, oyster, and lion's mane are examples of choice edibles which, given the right situation and basic maintenance, will thrive for years in your yard, shade garden, or woodlot. Log harvesting, site selection, care of inoculated logs, and various mushroom cultivation resources will also be discussed.
Optional: In your registration, you may choose to pre-order an inoculated mushroom log from Blue Owl to take home the night of the class. Class fee is $30, shiitake-inoculated logs are $45. Register at the Keller Market House website.

Mushroom Workshare (March - mid-April): Our popular annual mushroom inoculation workshare is coming up!

Here's how it works: for about 6 weeks in very early spring you have the opportunity to join me in renewing Blue Owl Hollow's mushroom production infrastructure by inoculating fresh-cut logs with various types of culinary mushroom spawn. You'll learn the process and have the opportunity to earn credit towards a log to take home.

Trying something new this year, we've scheduled the workshares a month or so earlier to avoid conflicts with early-season herb farm activities. This year's dates are:

There is no charge for this adventure and each log you inoculate for the farm earns you $4 credit towards your own mushroom log ($45 value). Appropriate attire is required and you should allow 4-5 hours for the full experience. To learn more or reserve a space, email us with your preferred date, number of people interested in participating, and a reliable email contact. Herb groups, garden clubs, etc. are also welcome; we can make special arrangements, if necessary.

Markets:
Worthington, OH - The Worthington Indoor market season continues until the end of April; we can be found inside The Shoppes at Worthington Mall almost every Saturday, 9 - noon. For exceptions to this schedule check our 2019 Schedule below.

Granville, OH - The Granville Summer Farmers Market gets underway the first Saturday in May. We'll be there with some early mushrooms, the very earliest fresh herbs, maybe ramps, maybe spruce tips, as well as the full selection of dried herbs, teas, seasonings, and various other herbal goodies....

If you can't find us at a convenient time or place, remember that Blue Owl products are available year-round at Keller Market House in Lancaster OH and Brasseur's Botanicals in Newark OH.

Other Events:

Plan ahead for the May 11th Ohio Herb Day Celebration: Come celebrate all things herbal! Speakers, local artists, vendors, herb demonstrations, live music, and herb plants for sale from Mill Creek and others. Creekside Plaza in Gahanna OH. Sponsored by The Ohio Herb Education Center 110 Mill St., Gahanna OH 9 AM - 4 PM. Mark your calendars now!

2019 Blue Owl Schedule:

Nov. 3, 2018. Worthington Indoor Winter Farmers Market begins!
Saturdays 9 AM - noon, November through April, inside The Shoppes at Worthington mall, Worthington OH. Blue Owl will attend most weeks, with these exceptions:
  • Nov 24 (no market)
  • Jan 5
  • Feb 16 (annual OEFFA conference)
  • Mar 23
  • Apr 27
May 4, 2019. Granville Farmers Market
Granville Farmers Market 2019 summer season begins: Saturdays, 8:30 AM - noon, downtown on Main St. between College and Broadway, Granville OH through the end of October. The Saturdays Blue Owl will NOT be at the market are:
  • May 18
  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 20
  • Aug 31

Past news items of interest, including links to various presentation materials, are also available.

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