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Dorothy Thar holds a copy of “The Herb Barn Festival Favorites: A collection of 40 different favorite recipes.”

Kathy VenDerHulst, formerly Kathy Strunk, of St. Joseph, wrote to me awhile back asking if I remembered The Herb Barn that was located off M-139 in Benton Harbor.

Though I’d never been there, my mother enjoyed going. In 2011, I interviewed Doug Gano, whose parents owned The Herb Barn, when I was writing a story about basil because they sold a variety of the herb, including sweet, opal, Thai, cinnamon and lemon.

Fat Pie

Fat Pie is shown.

Deviled Egg Spiders

Deviled Egg Spiders are shown.

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Mummy Dogs are shown.

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Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are shown.

Jane Ammeson can be contacted via email at or by writing to Focus, The Herald-Palladium, P.O. Box 128, St. Joseph, MI 49085.