Growing and Selling Herbs

Learn how one family bought a 25-cent pack of seeds to start growing and selling herbs from their garden, then turned it into a wildly successful business.


| March/April 1971



Create a business growing and selling herbs from your garden, herbs like basil, dill and parsley can be grown and sold easily.

Create a business growing and selling herbs from your garden, herbs like basil, dill and parsley can be grown and sold easily.


Photo by Fotolia/Carmen Steiner

This family created a business growing and selling herbs from their garden.

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A couple of warm-hearted, down-to-earth people I know — who prefer to remain nameless — are in the business, and when they opened their herb and gift shop recently, I went up for a visit. When I walked into the new shop, the clean, fresh,healthy smell of spicy herbs made my nose tingle. In side were wicker baskets piled high with dried herbs, and one wall — done in rough old barnwood framed with burlap-covered cornices — displayed a rainbow of dried flowers and grasses. The shelves were chock-full of old-timey herb jellies, sugars and vinegars, and a beautiful antique parlor stove — polished to perfection gleamed in one corner. Next to the stove, on an old wooden bench, were bags of confections . . . the kind you won't find in a modern candy store. A big picture window held racks of already-arranged herbs and flowers in quaint, old fashioned containers and a near by greenhouse was stuffed with little pots of herb plants to set in kitchen windows and over forty varieties of herbs to plant in the garden.

From the looks of the shop, I was convinced that the herb business had to be good! But was it difficult to get into? Over a freshly brewed cup of mint tea, the proprietor of the new shop told me the following story about how his family had set up the operation:

About six years ago I paid a quarter for the seeds and planted a 20-foot row of sweet basil. That was the beginning of our business growing and selling herbs. But let me tell you how we happened to plant herbs in the first place.

A couple of years back, (before our `basil year' as we call it) we had a run of bad luck. Mostly, it was our fault. We were a couple of 'city slickers' back then — I'd been a factory worker and my wife, an elevator operator — and we didn't know too much about farming. We kind of lost our heads — plus a couple of sizeable down payments — over some heavy farm equipment which we didn't need at all. Our soil is light and sandy. But we were "green" and back then, the people around here weren't as friendly or helpful as they are now.

stacialynn
7/30/2015 1:12:41 AM

Love this article! I have a decent sized herb garden & was looking for ideas on selling herbs, I especially have 2 Sage plants I could never use as much as they produce. My husband mentioned selling my dried herbs & I started thinking about how I could go about this. This article gave me some great ideas for this season & the next one to come, thank you!






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