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Family Reunion In the Old Barn

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Today I booked a family reunion, to be held in our restored Old Barn. One of the major reasons for a family reunion is to catch up with family members who are seldom seen, to reminisce and to make some new memories. Finding the perfect venue for this special event can be a challenge. If you’re planning a family reunion, and need help narrowing down the location, we have the perfect place. Nestled in a pear orchard at our Lavender Farm in the scenic Hood River Valley, with magnificent, gorgeous views of Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood. Our Old Barn can accommodate over 150 guests, with affordable rates.

We also use the restored 100 yr old barn for Wedding Receptions, private parties, etc. We are excited about hosting this Family Reunion, and would love to host your event. Feel free to call or email for more information.

Unfolding beauty!

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I finally finished pruning, and clearing away dry flower tops and grasses out of the wildflower section. Whew!! Then I cut apart over-grown Shasta Daisy’s, and Bee Balm, and move them around to more sparse areas in the garden.  After that I scattered 1000’s of flower seeds that I saved from last season.  A few of my favorites are: Hollyhock, Clary Sage, Icelandic Poppies, Oriental Poppies, Nigella “Love in a Mist”, Bee Balm,  Echinacea, and Colombine. I gently raked over the seeds to help cover them with a bit of soil, in hopes that they will germinate in a few weeks. I heard the weather man forecast rain later today, I hope so! 🙂 Now I’m ready to sit back, with my feet up, and patiently wait for the slowly unfolding beauty in my garden…. 🙂 That is a pretty great reward!! Drop by in the next few months to enjoy it with us. Our Opening weekend is April 17th for Blossom Festival Celebration in the Hood River Valley.  http://bit.ly/amZJhl

Mr. Frost Won’t Spoil Our Harvest

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We experienced out first frost this morning…..signs of our change in the season. Many of our English Lavender that are in their 2nd bloom start drooping their heads, as if in shock, or preparing for dormant sleep. Also, the annuals and perennial flowers like our vibrant Zinnias and Dahlias in the wildflowers section, have began to turn a somewhat brownish color. This is an early frost even for us. However, even though the frost has brought a change on some of the lavender and other flowers in our garden, we will continue to be open through the end of October.

One of our biggest weekend events, The Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, is October 16, 17, 18th. This is the weekend that all the farms in the valley celebrate the bounty of their harvest. Lots of farms in Hood River are open, as well as a big Festival event down on the waterfront. We will be open here on our farm as well celebrating the bounty of our Lavender farm by preparing a hot Mulled Lavender Apple Cider, Lavender Mint Shortbread, and decedent Dark Chocolate Lavender Truffles, and the release of our 2009 Fine Lavender Oils! Its also a great time to load up on gifts for the Holidays, or load up your own supply of yummies.

Hope to see you on the farm!

Harvest time around our Lavender farm

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Enjoying a pear on a lovely fall morning
Enjoying a pear on a lovely fall morning

Today I looked across the pear orchard near our Lavender farm, and watched the harvesters picking their An’jou, and Bosc pears.  We picked Bartlett pears the previous week, from a few pear trees growing on one of our wholesale lavender farms. These pears are also for sale,  to our customers that visit our Lav-farm. Or, I give them away to customers, when they become fully ripe and need to be eaten 🙂

I gave two pears to a couple out visiting our farm, who are from the mid-west. They said  they would eat it, as they stroll around our lavender field on this gorgeous morning. As they walked to the back of our garden where the English Lavender is in bloom, I sat on the patio and watched them enjoying the peaceful moment, while I ate a cluster of ripe red grapes from our arbor at the front of the wild flowers. The mountain was stunning, and the air felt crisp, bringing with it the hint of fall. I inhaled, and enjoyed a few relaxing moments for myself. Fall is harvest time around the Hood River Valley, and it’s my favorite time of the year. A time to enjoy the bounty of fruits, and flowers, from our beautiful farm valley.

Harvest time on the farm
Harvest time on the farm