The Amazing Marigold

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At Versailles Farms we are growing thousands of marigolds in between our crops.  Acting as a companion plant this little flower is repelling insects, preventing fungus and keeping everybody healthy. Their roots contain thiophene which is toxic to certain nematodes, aphidsand beetles.  Marigolds also attract beneficial insects.

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Marigold or Calendula is used as a culinary and medicinal herb. The petals are edible with a Clean, neutral taste.  Calendula can be used fresh in salads or dried as a replacement for saffron.  The flowers are traditional ingredients in German soups, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Calendula extracts have antiviral, antigenotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Calendula ointments are used to treat acne, minor cuts, burns, and skin irritations.  Calendula tea provides health benefits, as well as being delicious.

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Calendula is also used for leis, garlands and in Indian wedding celebrations. Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.  Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers. One of its nicknames is "Mary's Gold," referring to the flowers' use in early Catholic events in some countries.

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Summer Stand is open Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 7pm.

Bryan Avigne