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Herbal Remedies Weekend

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until June 23, 2024

Visit The Farmers’ Museum to see the various way plants were used as medicine in the mid 19th century. The event features herbalist and farmer, AC Stauble, who leads a workshop sharing how she produces skin soothing herbal infused salves on Saturday (June 22) from 3:00-4:30pm. She will also offer an herbal extracts demo and sell her products on-site Sunday. Products include salves, muscle rubs, teas, tinctures, sprays, botanical bath salts and more. Visit her booth to learn how to make herbal extracts in alcohol, also known as tinctures. AC will have a tincture making demo station set up all day long to walk folks through the process of making an herbal extract at home. Tinctures are an incredible way to preserve the peak freshness of herbs in a concentrated and easy to take herbal medicine that can last for many years in a cool dark place.

Throughout the museum on Saturday and Sunday: Watch the blacksmith create lab equipment used in the distillation of medical extracts. Tour our medical specimen garden. See medical advertising printed on the museum’s vintage press. At the Lippitt Farmhouse, interpreters show and discuss simple home remedies that every farm family was well versed in producing. Explore the grounds with a Garden Tour or a Weed Walk. You’ll also find everything else that makes the museum a great day trip—the friendly farm animals, the Cardiff Giant, the Empire State Carousel, Todd’s General Store, and more! See a full schedule at FarmersMuseum.org.

Entry to Herbal Remedies Weekend is included with regular museum admission. The Museum has teamed up with Museums for All, which provides those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits with free admission, for up to four people. Find more information at FarmersMuseum.org.



AC Stauble • Skin Soothing Salve and Muscle Rub Making Workshop
Saturday, June 22 • 3:00-4:30pm
Sign up when you arrive at the admissions desk

Herbalist and educator AC Stauble, will be sharing how she makes skin soothing herbal infused salves, muscle rubs and lip balm in a free, hour and a half long class. Salves are oil based moisturizers for the skin that can be used similarly to a lotion on dry skin from head to toe. The oils are infused in herbs that are known to be cell-regenerative and help to repair damaged skin from cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, bites and other minor wounds. AC’s favorite herbs for creating a rich and healing skin salve are Calendula blossoms and Comfrey leaf. Making muscle rub uses the same process as making salves, however the herbs are different. Muscle Rubs often include herbs that are analgesic (pain-relieving) such as arnica and herbs that work on soft tissue repair and bruising such as St. Johns Wort or Comfrey Leaf, anti-inflammatory such as Yarrow, Willow Bark, Birch Bark and either warming to bring blood flow such as Cayenne, Cinnamon, and Clove or cooling like Wintergreen and Peppermint.

AC will go over a few different methods of infusing herbs oils including the alcohol pre-soak method, the classic folk method, the crock pot method, and double boiling method. There are a few tips and tricks she has picked up over the years of making salves and rubs. She’s been creating herbal salves in batches of about 400 since 2012 for her herbal business, Traveling Herb Farmer, and has tried various recipes and herbs that have lead her to a pretty perfect formula for a successful final product with a smooth consistency and incredibly moisturizing and healing effect. Everyone will leave with a paper hand-out from class to be able to take home and try the recipe out for themselves.


Blacksmith Shop: Creating lab equipment (Ring Stands, Capsule Molds, and more)

Printing Office: Printing Medical advertising (Laughing Gas Poster, Anatomy Lecture, Shaker medical ad)

Pharmacy: Medical Demonstrations.  See pills, oils lotions and tinctures produced using 19th century recipes.

Medical Specimen Garden: Tour the museum’s extensive specimen garden.  Learn how these plants were grown and processed into various medicines. (Saturday and Sunday at 1pm)

Lippitt Farmhouse: Learn what herbal preparations would have been created by the average farm family in the mid 19th century.

Garden Tour: Tour all the gardens located throughout the museum grounds.  Learn about their origins and the research used in their design. (Saturday and Sunday at 11am)

More House: Create your very own herbal sachet from a section of herbs commonly known for their pleasing aroma.

Weed Walk: Explore the museum grounds to learn about the uses of common plants growing in your very own backyard. (Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm)


About AC Stauble
AC Stauble is an herb farmer, herbalist, product maker, educator and podcaster in South Edmeston, New York on traditional Oneida lands, where she grows hundreds of varieties of medicinal herbs, fruits, trees and fungi. Using her homegrown herbs, Stauble creates small batch, hand-made herbal remedies like skin soothing salve, muscle rub, tinctures, teas and more under the brand, Traveling Herb Farmer. She sells her wares at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market and online at TravelingHerbFarmer.com.


June 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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