The sixth annual Waystock was held this past weekend and many came out to enjoy music, food and even shopping. Waystock had 25 craft vendors, five food vendors and 13 bands this year, according to Lilian Rollison, president of Waymart Parties in the Park, an organization which puts on events like Waystock.
Some of the vendors experienced their first Waystock and got a taste for what it's all about. Among the new participants was Mount Pleasant Herbary, which has been in business for five years.
"I grow my own herbs," said owner Gudrun Feigl, who is originally from Germany. "I enjoy working from home."
Feigl moved to the area 11 years ago and said she started her business after "missing the variety of herbal blends" that Germany has to offer.
"I make my own herbal tea blends, soaps, lip balm, healing balm and bug repellant," she said.
She started out with just herbal teas, then branched out and started making other products as well. Feigl also makes therapeutic buckwheat pillows, which can be heated in the microwave or put in the freezer. She makes various buckwheat pillows that can be used on your neck or even act as an eye pillow. Feigl recommends not heating the pillows for more than three minutes.
"They can last forever if they don't get overheated," she said. "The covers can also be removed so they can be washed."
She has a variety of soaps as well, one of which is felted soap. Feigl said they are great for "artists, mechanics, gardeners and children" of all ages.
"The soap goes through the felt and they can last three times as long as a regular bar of soap," Feigl stated.
The felted soaps are a combination of hypoallergenic Icelandic sheep wool and natural handcrafted soaps, which "creates a long lasting bar" that works great for scrubbing off garden dirt, paint and oil.
"I use all natural products," Feigl said. "There are no herbicides or pesticides. I only use essential oils."
Page 2 of 2 - A lot of her items come in a variety of scents and flavors, like her moisturizing soaps with herbal chunks and herbal teas. The soaps are made from olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil and cocoa butter and the herbal chunks are made by adding ground herbs to grated soap.
Feigl's two acre herbary is filled with nettle, anise hyssop, lavender, chamomile, chocolate mint, Moroccan mint, spearmint, peppermint, calendula, yarrow, stevia, lady's mantle, black current, red raspberry and strawberry leaves, tulsi, pink clover, bee balm, lemon balm and lemon verbena.
Feigl has been a vendor at different farmer's markets, including the Cooperage, Callicoon, N.Y. and Barryville, N.Y. She also teaches classes through the Arts Alliance and at Woodloch.
"You can learn how to make your own face lotions and balms and I also talk about herbs," she said.
She travels for various shows "generally all year round" and even does wedding favors. Feigl added that she's also willing to go to different places at teach.
"I'm having fun," she said. "I'm really enjoying it."
Waystock was no different for Feigl.
"I'm finding success here," she said with a smile on her face on Saturday. "It's a nice atmosphere and a beautiful setting. It's worth coming to."
Mount Pleasant Herbary can be found at 31 Riverdale Road, Forest City. You can also contact Feigl by calling (570) 448-3094, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.mountpleasantherbary.com.