Durham Herb Fair, Ontario
Folks in Durham, Ontario are so eager to get going in spring that they host an annual Herb Fair dedicated to herbs, flowers, vegetables and garden-related crafts.
Browsing the booths in Town Hall Park, along the sparkling Saugeen River. means lots of sniffing, touching, tasting and questioning. I was glad I'd brought baskets to haul my purchases back to the car.
Even those without a green thumb will enjoy the fair. You can buy baskets, hand-decorated pots and other crafts, or tour private gardens open for the day. Folk singers provide great background music--and when they sang Scarborough Fair, we all chimed in on the line, "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme"!
Durham is in southwestern Ontario, where Highways 6 and 4 meet, about 110 miles northwest of Toronto. The Herb Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday in June (that's June 12 in 2004).
For more information about the area, call Grey County Tourism at 1-800-567-4739, extension 403, or browse at www.visitgrey.ca.