About Us


How We Started

For photos of the herbs and gardens and more info on herbs, checkout our NEW WEBSITE.

The Backyard Patch is a home-grown endeavor of me - herb gardener, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh.  For the last 20+ years I have been gardening and creating with herbs.  Using the surplus and later the main abundance of my herb gardens, I invented dozens of herbal cooking blends, teas and bath products.  The main mission is to provide quality dried herb blends for home, bath and tea that are preservative and chemical free..


My husband had allergies to MSG and other food enhancers and preservatives, as well as sensitivities to pesticides.  As a result I wanted to create a line of products that you, the consumer, could enjoy and not have to worry about ingredients so often listed under “other spices.”


Now you can enjoy low salt or no salt blends, free from preservatives, for making your own dips and dressings, rubs and marinades, as well as other cooking and tea needs.  Since we can blend herbs to order, if you need a new formula or an ingredient removed, we can easily adapt the recipe for you.

Where we do it

Our products are available here on this website. For detailed listings of products, check out the Product Pages, but we also have items online through our Etsy Store and on Ebay.  We can be found seasonally in outside markets and Garden Walks and Shows in the Northern Illinois region.  Join our mailing list or Facebook page for locations and times of upcoming events and shows. We never sell or share the information provided!

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If you just enjoy learning about herbs ask your library (100 mile radius of Elmhurst, Illinois only, please) to have me in for a presentation on growing or using herbs.  Or you can check out our Blog – Backyard Patch Herbs where you can delve into all things herby!    The Mailing List Newsletter shares recipes and folklore for herbs and only comes once a month so we do not overwhelm your inbox.

Customer Feedback

The Backyard Patch receives testimonials and feedback from customers both here and on our Ebay (herblady43) and Etsy sites.  Here are a few examples:

Simply fresh! Thank you for the hints! Opening the package was heaven! Wonderful! Exactly what was needed! And the tea, can't wait to try it! So very fragrant! Very very very pleased! And thank you so much for the extras! - Robin Bohls


Dear herblady43,
Just to let you know, the herbs arrived today, and oh!, what a delightful aroma when I opened the envelope. So fresh smelling and appearance just as fresh appearing. Thanks for having them on ebay.     - nursecarlene


Dear herblady43,
All I can say is WOW! I am so delighted to have found your store and listings! You have done an awesome job with putting all your creations out here. WOW and good for you! Having said that - my payday is on Tuesday and you can be sure I will be placing an order for an assortment of items and samplers! YOU ROCK Herb Lady - and I wish you all the best! - *om*nom*nom*


Marcy -AWESOME PRODUCT!!! Worked with John and I to get the package just right. Thanks so much. Our guests will dig it. – smleykyley   


Backyard Patch - AMAZING seller!!! Goes way above and beyond what is asked of her. Would do business with again in a heartbeat. Love their website too www.backyardpatch.com I really can't say enough about how wonderful they are. You will be so happy!!! Thank You!!!!! -TheBeadStore


Dear herblady43,
Not a question but a comment. I have a recipe for herb boursin and wanted to try it but didn't want to buy all the herbs called for in the recipe. I made it with your mix. It was delicious! Many Thanks,
Janet   - happy1939


Not bad! In fact, better than I had hoped! Thank you! - eBay buyer iamarockmama

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