I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
For summer grilling and cooking light our Herb Mixes for salad dressings and meat and poultry rubs are always in demand. For a quick seasoning on your vegetables and main dishes you can also try the Herb Seasonings to splash onto any dish. For summer the Soup & Salad Seasoning and the Meat Seasoning are popular. For a quick meal we also sell Recipe Combinations. A Recipe Combination includes an easy-to-follow recipe, shopping list and all the herbal ingredients you need to make a meal for four. Another unique set of items are the blends we call Kitchen Mixes. These are mixes for Scones, Muffins, Soups, Pancakes, Cider Seasoning, and the like. We offer seasonal recipes and love experimenting with Scone blends, so always check in!
Salt Substitutes and Gourmet Salts both in grinder jars are among our newest additions.
The Backyard Patch is noted for its all-herb teas and our herb-flavored black and green teas. I started making tea when I first began herb gardening, because at the time, the only herb teas available were single herb chamomile or peppermint. I feel that herb teas must have complex and unique flavors only available when you blend herbs together and it also helps if they have medicinal benefits as well. But first and foremost I blend my teas for taste. We now offer 22 different herb blends and about 12 black and green tea blends infused with herbs. We have just begun packaging our tea in Tins rather than bags to improve the long term freshness and our tea leaf quality. We also offer Tea Subscriptions where you can have a tea of the month sent to you on 3, 4, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. Check out our website for all the details (www.backyardpatch.com)
An assortment of Bath items have been made, but what we determined a few years ago is that decorative jars and bottles are not always the easiest for people to deal with, so almost all of our bath items are now packaged in easy to use and store envelopes with a colorful label of directions.
They can them be kept in a basket in the bathroom or in a drawer, but do not need to consume precious counter space unless needed. Among our offerings are Bath Salts and Salt & Sugar Scrubs, Bath Vinegars, Bath Bags & Scent Sachets, Bath Fizzies and Tub Teas.
The newest line of items from the Backyard Patch is our Green Cleaning Supplies. Herbal vinegars, essential oil based Cleaning Cloths and Dusting Cloths as well as Scouring Powders, Dishwasher Soap, Disinfecting Kitchen Cleaner and other chemical free cleaning materials are all being offered now at the Backyard Patch. The place to look for the newest recipes will be the New Products Section of the website.