Cement and Tea on Second Saturday by Laverne Fuller
Where else but at Second Saturdays at the Town of Halifax Farmer's Market can you find a combination of cement and tea? The answer is nowhere. The Southside Master Gardener Association will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 13, from 8 to 11 am to demonstrate how to make hypertufa pots. Hypertufa is a combination of Portland cement, perlite, sphagnum peat moss and water which is molded to resemble antique stone troughs from England. These pots have an advantage over traditional clay pots in that they do not crack if left outside over the winter. Visitors to the Farmer's Market will be able to make their own pot to take home for $5.00 each. All supplies will be furnished. In addition, the Southside Virginia Herb Society will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market with samples of herbal tea for tasting. Many herbs used for teas are easily grown in our area. The Herb Society will have handmade jewelry, birdhouses made from gourds and booklets on culinary and Biblical herbs for sale.
Master Gardener Jewell Giles plants herbs in this hypertufa trough. Visit the Halifax Farmers Market on July 13th to make your own pot to take home.