Meet Your Local Farmers Market Vendors: Sister Sage Herbs
Jayne Simmons is one of the happiest vendors at the local farmers markets. Every time I see her, she’s got the biggest smile on her face. Not only does she sell products designed to help you feel better, but talking to her always leaves me happy. Her passion for her products and way of life is obvious from the first moment you visit her booth. I spent some time talking with her in person and over email a few weeks ago and she agreed to be interviewed for Seattle MetBlogs.
Continue after the jump to read the interview.
MetBlogs: How long have you been selling at the markets?
Jayne: I started selling in the fall of 2006 at the University District and West Seattle markets through the winters. Now I sell at the Ballard Farmers Market.
MB: Where can you find Sister Sage products?
Jayne: My products are at the Ballard Farmers Market, Ballard Neighborhood Docs, Dr. Denel’s Naturopathic Studio, and Nash’s Produce Stand.
MB: How did you get started?
Jayne: I had been using medicinal herbs for a few years for specific ailments, and I would usually ask my sister who is an herbalist, healer, and midwife what I should use. She eventually told me I had to learn what worked for me on my own. When I had the chance to apply for this land grant from Vashon Household, I decided I would grow herbs. Both to ensure the quality and purity of these herbs that we depend on for health and nutrition; and to localize the medicine that I can grow here. I am interested to see how many people 1/2 an acre can support.
MB: Can you talk about some of your products?
Jayne: I made almost anything you can out of herbs except soap. I have to stop somewhere. I make herb infused tinctures, oils, salves, lotions, vinegars from fresh and dried herbs as well as a new concept of concentrated herb tea that you can add to hot water or soda water for a healing beverage.
MB: What is your favorite part of the market?
Jayne: I enjoy talking to people and teaching people how to use the herbs that they used to call weeds! Also listening to buskers, petting doggies, and squeezing baby feet.
MB: Any events that you have coming up?
Jayne: Yes! The Farm Tour is this Saturday, July 19th from 10am-3pm with a salve making demo at 2pm. The farm stand will also be open.
Sister Sage Herbs