Farmers Daughter Herbs


This is the 20th day of January and the war is four days old. This seems to make me feel that what I do, say, or write is quite frivolous. We do take for granted our busy everyday lives thinking we are safe from bombs, guns, and destruction — but are we? I guess only time will tell that. It has taken time for the honor of Purveyor of the Year to “sink in,” and since I have not been beseiged by reporters or flash bulbs, I thought I would interview myself to give you some background on “the crazy herb lady.” The fifth of five children, born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, I moved to St.Anthony, Idaho at a young age and graduated from high school there oh so many years ago! Somewhere during this time I went to work in a floral shop and eventually attended and graduated from the Colorado School of Floral Design in Denver.

dorothyFor most of my young years, I made a point ofsaying “I will never marry a farmer,"but you guessed it —- I married a farmer and moved to Ashton, Idaho where we raised three daughters. After our second was born, I quit work and became one of those “dogooders.“ I was on school committees, church committees, built a new public library, medical clinic, and saved a historic building from destruction.

All this was well and good, but I was bored so I planted an herb garden! In the fall of ’86, our youngest and myself left home and ran away to Salt Lake where she entered her senior year at Hillcrest High School and I went to work, first in a floral shop and then at Landures Produce. Always in the back of my mind was my beautiful herb garden and the desire to introduce the public to the wonderful world of herbs. Landures agreed to let me order more and more and eventually we started packaging for the grocery stores.

The summer of '88, I took over the herbs and cut my time with Landures to part time, but after I fell and broke both arms, I left Landures and increased my herb business to full time.

The rest of the story you know—— I still think of my little herb garden and enjoy working with the chefs garden when time permits. Thanks to all of you my business has grown and keeps me, my husband, and two of my daughters busy. Especially during the winter months, we find a shortage of some herbs and poor quality of others. This has prompted me to search out othersuppliers and growers, which in this country is not an easy task. As you know, Israel is a large part of the winter market, but with the war, getting orders into this country has been difficult. All of these problems have convinced me to send my husband to Central America to investigate the possibility of starting an herb farm.We'll keep you posted on progress with this new and exciting adventure! Again let me say thank you for the honor you bestowed upon me! You are a great group, and I look forward to the future with you.

Dorothy Gifford

Farmer's Daughter Herbs