SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs will host its Tenth Annual Plant Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, the weekend before Memorial Day.
Taking place in the church’s parking lot at 624 Broadway, the sale will offer a wide variety of tomatoes, herbs, and greens grown organically from seeds and cuttings.
“We’ll also offer exceptional perennials from splittings grown in Saratoga,” said accomplished gardeners Elisabeth Collins and Linda Miner. “Since they’re local, we know they’ll do well here.”
Purchases may be made Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be required. All sales will be cash and check only.
Free tree seedlings will be given to the first 50 attendees on Saturday. As in past years, this year’s sale is a group effort with dozens of UU Saratoga volunteers pitching in. Seedlings are being cultivated by church members Murray Penney and Art and Julie Holmberg.
Herbs to be sold will include tarragon (rooted from cuttings from the Pitney Farm herb garden), oregano, basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Among the six varieties of tomatoes being offered are Beefsteak, Celebrity, and Sun Gold cherry tomatoes.
“These are among the varieties that are both exceptionally tasty and grow best in our locality,” said Penney, the retired GE engineer who launched the annual sale as a fundraiser for the Church in 2011. “It’s fun giving people the opportunity to try them and getting back the ‘Wow!’ reports.”
“This is a labor of love,” added tomato co-chair Julie Holmberg.