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3987 Timlin Road
Cobourg, ON, K9A 4J9



Springing into 2018 at Pure Joy

Holly Barclay

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What will this season bring you?

This recent (unseasonably) warm weather has us thinking about Spring at Pure Joy. It’s the time of year when seed catalogues arrive in the mail, Seedy Saturdays pop up in our communities, and we begin to dream about what we will grow this year. We look forward to early herb visitors to our Fifth Wind gardens, like chickweed and stinging nettles. The early mild weather also has us paying attention to the slow stir of our bees as they begin to venture outside and forage. This year we will feed our hives to get them through these last few weeks before the dandelions and coltsfoot begin to bloom.

Spring is also the time when we begin to plan workshops and events for the 2018 season at Pure Joy. Here are some of the workshops and Pure Joy has planned at Fifth Wind Farm in 2018:

  • Nettle Night: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7pm-8:30pm
    Short herb walk and sampling of food made with nutrient rich nettles.
  • DIY Herbal Tea Workshop: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2pm-4pm
    Herb walk and guidance on various herbs to grow for nourishing teas.  And sampling, of course!
  • ifth Wind’s Annual Seabuckthorn Festival: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1pm-4pm
    Sampling various sea buckthorn products and time to pick your own. Guest exhibitors and live music.
  • Herbal Salve Making Workshop: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7-8:30pm
    Create a calendula salve to take home! We will also go on a short herb walk.

Do you have workshop suggestions for us? What would you like to learn from Pure Joy?

Come say hello at our first market event of the season:
The Crafters Market at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cobourg
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10am-3pm

Two weeks later you’ll find us the Cobourg Farmer’s Market on Saturday May 12, 2018.

Check our events page for more events you will find us at this summer, including Art Salad and the Heartwood Gathering.

Wishing all of you happy garden planning, dreaming, designing and growing this season!

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Want to learn from Pure Joy?

Let us know what workshops we should run in the future

What's New at Pure Joy

Holly Barclay

Pure Joy welcomes Holly to the team


From my first visit to Fifth Wind Farm, I was drawn to the garden with its circular rows and stone pathways. It was autumn and the garden overflowed with squash, kale, and fiery calendula flowers. I would come to know the garden well, coordinating the C.S.A. during the 2013 growing season, and the following year, growing flowers and vegetables for my wedding to Joanna’s son, Daniel.

When Joanna asked me to take over from Joy, another opportunity to work with the Fifth Wind land presented itself. Librarian, gardener, archivist, beekeeper... I am excited to add herbal business owner to the list of roles that animate my life.

Introducing our newest product

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Petal Silk Salve

Inspired by a customer who uses Pure Joy's Little Chickie Diaper Salve as a massage salve for her baby, we decided to offer an alternative containing rose and other skin softening herbs. Several customers happily tested the new product and, through collective input, the name became Petal Silk. That says it all. Not only is it a perfect massage salve, it is a timely remedy as we enter the season of dry, rough skin.  

Rose, Calendula, Violet and Rose Geranium infused in organic olive oil, organic beeswax and a few drops of Rose Geranium essential oil

Rose Oil
Rose oil has long been used for its cosmetic benefit; its effect on the skin helps to soothe and calm, reducing redness and irritation and is used to treat blemishes while nourishing the skin.

Calendula Oil
Aside from stimulating healing, calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of your skin. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and even the visibility of scars.

Violet Oil
Both the leaf and flower are used in dry skin conditions, to curb growths, and as a wound healer. Its moist nature is suited for eczema and for healing dry and raw skin. It is also known as an anti-inflammatory.

Rose Geranium
As a constituent in a blended cream or lotion, rose geranium oil is good for clearing sluggish and oily skin, as well as wound, burn and ulcer healing. It also has value to treat eczema, acne, dermatitis and fungal infections.

Losing Joy

johanna wiersma

Pure Joy Herbal Creations is losing Joy.  After a thoughtful process, Joy has decided to answer the call to return to BC.  I admire her bravery in taking this leap of faith but I am also sad in losing a very dear friend and a fabulous business partner.  From the moment Joy arrived on our farm she has been an inspiration.  I have always had an interest in herbs and looked to nature for the gifts she offers but Joy brought this interest to a new level.  Even though Pure Joy Herbal Creations was not named after her, a little of the Joy will be missing and Pure Joy will be a new creation. 

I know that Joy has touched more lives than just mine so please join us at Fifth Wind for a goodbye garden party, featuring Joy's favourite herb...Stinging Nettle...on Saturday October 7th 2pm till 4 pm.  Take home some herbs and dried teas as a goodbye gift.