For Patty Turk, owner of Winema Farms, variety truly is the spice of life. She pairs a commitment to uncommon, locally grown plants with the knowledge her customers need to grow them right.
From broccoli and kale to stevia and lemon verbena, there's something for every taste. Examples of Turk's dedication to variety include 12 basil choices, in such varieties as holy and lime basil, and six kinds of rosemary.
"As far as herbs go, I sell a lot that other vendors don't sell," Turk said.
The herb season winds down at the end of the summer, but customers can plant a lot of the perennial herbs through October, Turk said. Currently, she's encouraging customers to get their winter starts planted early to minimize water stress and allow the plants time to root into the soil in preparation for spring.
Winema Gardens also specializes in scented-leaf geraniums that smell like ginger, apricot or roses.
"They smell wonderful," Turk said. "They are, for the most part, deer-resistant, and in Ashland there are a lot of deer.
Winema Gardens can be found every Tuesday and many Saturdays at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market. Turk does special orders and offers quantity discounts. For more information call 601-3774.
The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is held on Tuesdays at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday Market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Lithia and First streets. For more information, call 261-5045.