Gravenstein Lavender Cookies & Lavender Ginger Cider

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It’s Gravenstein Apple Weekend in our beautiful valley, and to celebrate this I’ve made Apple-Cinnamon-Lavender Cookies and Lavender-Ginger Apple Cider to give as samples to all our customers. We hope our visitors  come to relax a while on our covered patio, or stroll through the lavender gardens while sipping on Lavender Ginger Cider, and enjoy the calming aroma and serenity of the moment on this gorgeous August day….

Green Weddings Hood River Lavender

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Getting ready for the wedding
The wedding party
The wedding party

We had a wedding at our farm a few days ago, there was much preparation for this beautiful Day!  We deadheaded flower tops, pruned lavender, and watered intensely. Luckily for me, there is an Awesome lady right across the street, that assists me in times like this.  She does lots of the weeding and deadheading, while I set out the sprinklers, watering the lawn. The Party Rental business came to set up the tents for the reception areas. I cleared off a few tables in the retail cottage, for use as “Bridle Dressing Room”. I dressed up a window with a special Cafe’ Curtain, made from an embroidered table runner with a Bride standing under an arbur, and two vintage kitchen linens that belonged to my Grandmother Lucille.  The cottage was ready for the Bride, and filled with the calming aroma of Lavender to sooth her emotions…What a beautiful Wedding Celebration!!! Best wishes to a wonderful future for them!!

Pretty bride standing in front of the cottage
Pretty bride standing in front of the cottage
My handmade Bridal curtains
My handmade Bridal curtains

Harvesting Culinary Lavender

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Today I was up early, 6 AM, cutting several varieties of Angustifolia, “English” Lavender, with one of my awesome workers. We bundled the lavender with rubber bands, then hung it to dry. It should take about a week, or so, in our 90′ temps. Then we will rub the buds off, and clean the lavender, with gloves on, and package it for Culinary use. A few of our favorite varieties are Melissa, a white lavender, Munstead, Middachton, and Provence.  This is our busiest time of the year. After all this work, I need something to help me cool down.  I think I’ll make some Lavender Ice Cream or go downtown for Lavender Gelato at Doppio 🙂 🙂

Harvesting Culinary