Not Quite Spring Yet…

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Irene, the snow-gal
Irene, the snow-gal

A few days of 58’ temps, and it feels like spring. We’ve even started pruning the Lavender and other perennials at our farm. But, we got up today to another winter blast, of 3 ½” of snow! It’s beautiful as I look out at the fluffy white blanket covering the Lavender fields, and watch the sunrise. This is not uncommon for us at the time of year, since our U-Pick farm is 1700’ elevation. I will take today off, and continue our spring clean-up another day. I’m going outside to play in the snow, and build a snowman or “snow-gal, Irene”.  Spring’s on its way…for real!!!

Culinary FAQ

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 What makes culinary lavender different from any other lavender?  Good question!! First of all, culinary lavender is either an Angustifolia, “English” variety, or a Lavandin variety, “Provence”.  Secondly, all culinary lavender is harvested at peek season, “full bloom”, hung to dried, then cleaned and packaged with gloves on.  Our Angustifolia, (English” variety) is called, “Signature Blend”.  It is a blend of our finest English Lavender.  A white lavender, called “Melissa” is in the blend, along with several other dark purple varieties.  The “Signature Blend” of English Lavender adds a delicate floral note when added to  teas and other dishes.  I like to use “Signature Blend” in our Lavender Shortbread, because it lends a wonderful delicate floral note in combination with mint.

“Provence”, on the other hand, brings a more bold, savory floral note to dishes and teas. I like to say it’s a more “Herbie” flavor. 🙂 We use Provence in our HRL Spice Blend, and also in our “Sel Gris”, Hand-harvested French Gourmet Grey Sea Salt, because it lends a more savory note of flavor into recipes.  We also use Provence in our Lavender Truffles, to obtain a more bold lavender flavor, blended with the decedent chocolate. It makes the lavender flavor “pop” out on your palate!

I suggest that my customers brew a separate tea with each,  Angustifolia “English”, and “Provence” culinary lavender. In this way you taste the difference in the unique, soothing, floral flavors. Have fun experimenting with different recipes with culinary lavender, hope you acquire a love for the taste, as we have for this lovely flower. And next, you might even want to grow a Culinary Lavender in your herb garden 🙂

Novice Cooks Take Delight

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I filled an order today for one of our most popular product, Organic Culinary Lavender.  One dozen packages of our Organic Provence Culinary Lavender is going to a Culinary School in Ohio. Cooking with lavender can hold a certain mystique, and some say you need to aquire a taste for it. With my curiosity for cooking with herbs, I love to experiment the variety of different flavors.  Whether it is garnishing a dessert with a lavender sprig, or a lavender-infused beverage, I just love incorporating lavender into my everyday meals for unique new flavors. My all time favorite is Lavender Scones, served with Vanilla Lavender Pear Jelly, and cream. Yummy! One of Joe’s favorites is Lavender Grilled Salmon or Stealhead. Enjoy recipes with the delicate, intriguing, and elusive, floral flavor of lovely lavender. That’s a mouth full:) !!!

We have some of our favorite recipes here: Lavender Recipes

Love, Balance and Attitude

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Being a time of the year when we’re all thinking about Love, it is a wonderful time to consider how we balance our work, and the time we spend with those we Love.

I love what we do, in this profession of farming/gardening. It is a love affair in it’s self, and best of all – I get to be beside my love, and soul-mate through the day by day process!! How did that happen?  With all humility, I say, “It did, and I am forever grateful!” Joe and I have this saying, “If you’re at the right address when the bus goes by, you can get on.”  Maybe it was our attitude that shaped our reality…Maybe it was a process of balancing an attitude of contentment and patience.  No, I’m not saying it’s a perfectly smooth ride, there have been, and will be bumps, highs, and lows, but again it’s our attitude! This profession of ours isn’t what defines us, it requires balance to be abundant in our life, so we learn to balance our work and play. It’s OK to be a success both at home and at work. I’ll work hard for the abundance to spend beautiful times together in a garden, or at the beach or mountains, doing the fun things with those I love. It’s a delicate balance between what we love and those whom we love.  At the end of the day, holding hands with my love, we inhale deeply the lovely Lavender aroma, and are blessed with Love!! I wish all of you a heart filled with the best love and joy that you deserve!!


Flavor play

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Today I started shipping out our Valentine’s Day special Lavender Truffles and mallows. Can you imagine receiving a box of three different, decadent Chocolate Lavender Treats? Well, I can…test tasting has been my pleasure, and my hubby’s too! Culinary Lavender adds a lovely delicate floral flavor, and the aroma makes the “flavor play” happen!!!  Each has a unique play of flavors that changes from when it first hits your palette.  Chocolate Lavender with marianberry, or mint, or carmellows (Joe’s favorite), or dark chocolate covered

hand-made Lavender Truffles
hand-made Lavender Truffles

divine-divinity. The aromas play together and evolve with the tastes in your mouth. As we sample and enjoy these complex subtleties, we find it similar to wine tasting, except we never spit!