The Roving Apothecary is a small part-time business run by a wife and husband team, selling quality herbs, spices and related products within a historical context and with a personal touch.
We predominantly sell at historic events and re-enactments around the country, with a growing e-mail (and telephone) order service.
In order to educate and amuse, all our labelling includes snippets of the history of plant and its uses over the ages.
We stock many of the hard-to-find dried herbs that have been used traditionally for a wide variety of conditions and cooking-pots, all in an unprocessed form and are always willing to help find the right product for your era and interest.
Over the course of the past year we have made several changes to reflect our own interests and the response we have recieved from customers . Most notable is the increased attention to culinary herbs and spices, highlighting the delights of long forgotten flavours to re-enactors and discerning members of the public. To this end there is now a tasting counter at most of our shows run by the glamourous Rumble, where you can sample various peppers, salts, spices and sweets.
In October 2014 we we launched a new range of pickles, Forgotten Flavours, which combine ancient spices with the humble pickle to create a hand-crafted taste explosion, and sometimes, the celebratory 'pickle dance'. Currently our range includes onions, shallots and garlic depending on season with various blends of flavoursome spice.
We have developed a number of new herbal tea blends drawing on my own experience as a habitual herbal tea drinker. These have proved very popular from the onset, and I shall be increasing the range over time.
As hardened battle re-enactors, covering Viking and Medieval Eras from 900AD to 1500AD we can sometimes be found sneaking away from the stall to have fun on the battlefield. (and can personally attest to the efficacy of the Battle Bath Soak at the end of a hard weekend )
In 2013 I took over the trading of The Roving Apothecary from the Wise Woman Jayne Milner.
On hearing of Jayne's intention to withdraw from life as a re-enactment trader and study a degree in Medical Herbalism, I realised the gap that she would leave in historic festivals and fayres across the country, and the reliance that many people had come to have on access to good quality herbs, spices, ointments and the like, alongside the wealth of knowledge on their uses and historical background.
I could either watch this resource disappear or try and do something about it, so I approached Jayne to see if she was open to selling the business. Fortunately for me, and her customers, the answer was Yes!