Faces of the Farmers Market: Hiroko Takaya

Come by the Pemberton Farmers Market today from 4pm – 7pm, at the Community Barn, and meet Hiroko Takaya, and the other amazing vendors, who we are introducing in this weekly series.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hiroko is a mother of two young boys, a passionate gardener, herbalist and basketmaker.  

She first came to Mount Currie in 1998 and knew that she wanted to stay. She has made her life here, living with the wonder of nature which has inspired her creativity.  

She has taught herself to make these baskets through books and lots of trial and error.

She enjoys roaming the wilds with her family gathering whatever nature offers and turning the fallen and uproots to works of art.

Hiroko sells wild crafted Willow (and other materials) baskets.

She harvests them in winter with respect for weaving. There are many variety of willows growing locally. Willows and Red Osier dogwood branches are very flexible and great for weaving baskets. The baskets are great for gathering and harvesting, also suitable for farmers market shopping and displays. Hiroko also often has available garden produce, herbs and some veggies.

Here’s a recipe she has shared with us, as a Wellness Almanac exclusive!
Dried herb mix for soup, roast, fish, dressing and more!
dry herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano, parsley, dill, basil, chive, celery, carrot and carrot top, stinging nettle,  whatever herbs available)
grind them togather and store in cool dark place.
-for roast-mix powdered herbs with bit of oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to make paste. Then rub on to the roast and put it in the oven or slow cooker

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