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5 ways to love lavender essential oil

From stress and fatigue to scrapes and scratches, lavender essential oil is a go-to tool for so many occasions. Nothing accentuates the power of nature quite like essential oil. Essential oils are the super-potent version of a plant. They have the same characteristics of the plant they’re derived from, in a concentrated form. Click here…

Ratatouille Spirals

Ratatouille Spirals

Ratatouille Spirals   Print Feast on beautiful little rolls of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, mozzarella and anchovy, all baked in a tangy, fresh tomato sauce, with a hint lavender, of course. Author: Adapted from Grace Parisi Ingredients 3 pounds heirloom tomatoes, scored with an “X” on the bottoms 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for…

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs and Salted Capers

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs and Capers   Print This summertime dish is rich and colorful with a touch of salt. Visit us at the farmstand for fresh organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes and gourmet salted capers. Ingredients 2 cups assorted heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup thinly…

The making of a sage creation

Sage, noun: an herb, Salvia officinalis, whose grayish-green leaves are used in medicine and in cooking. Sage, adjective: wise, judicious, or prudent. When it comes to creating something beautiful, like a handmade wreath or a carefully distilled essential oil, our ingredients matter. A beautiful creation comes from beautiful inputs: properly dried flowers that retain their vibrant colors; lavender buds harvested at the height of…

Christine’s Cucumber Salad with Lavender

Christine’s Cucumber Salad with Lavender   Print Ingredients 2 large cucumbers or 3-4 small cucumbers 2 T olive oil 1 T apple cider vinegar 1-2 cloves chopped garlic 1½ tsp. fresh dill ⅛ tsp. crushed lavender salt and pepper to taste Directions Thinly slice cucumbers and mix all ingredients together. Eat fresh or cover and…

How to harvest lavender at just the right time

As you know from our last blog post, lavender harvest is a special occasion. It comes once a year, and though it’s somewhat of a frantic time for us here at the farm, it’s certainly an occasion worth celebrating. So much goodness comes out of harvesting lavender. Enjoying beautiful sunrises, taking in sweet and uplifting…

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Lavender harvest is a special time of year

Like many harvests, lavender harvest is a timely event. Not only does it revolve around the rhythm of lavender blooms, but it also depends on daylight, temperature and rain. Lavender harvest is a special time of year at the farm in that, as the weather starts to heat up, the pace picks up, too. There’s a buzz, and it’s…

Lettuce and spring onion risotto

Lettuce and spring onion risotto

Lettuce and spring onion risotto   Print Lettuce and spring onion risotto with lemon and goat’s cheese. This quick risotto recipe is all about the fresh spring flavours of the lettuce and spring onion. Author: delicious magazine Ingredients 1 bunch of spring onions (about 10), trimmed 1 litre light vegetable stock 80g butter 225g risotto…

Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Lavender Lemon Pepper

Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Lavender Lemon Pepper

Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Lavender Lemon Pepper   Print Serves: 6 servings Ingredients ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley 2 pounds thin asparagus, ends trimmed Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Organic Lavender Lemon Pepper to…

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How to plant strawberries in pots

No matter how small or temporary your space may be, incorporating a garden is easy and rewarding. You may be surprised by all that you can grow in pots on a small patio. This week, we planted out our “Patio Gardener” organic plant CSA selection. The “Patio Gardener” consists of 2 tomatoes, 1 pepper, 4 herbs,…

Pasta with Garlic-Scape Pesto

Pasta with Garlic-Scape Pesto   Print Garlic scapes are the soft, lime-green-colored stems and unopened flower buds of hard-neck garlic varieties. Scapes have a mild garlic flavor and a slight sweetness, which makes them a prized addition in the kitchen. You can find them in the early summer and midfall at farmers’ markets. If you…

spring at the farm

It’s springtime at the farm

Spring is a special time on the farm. The bees are waking up and buzzing around. The birds are singing. The chickens love all the new weeds and bugs, and the fruit trees look beautiful bearing blossoms – all while we humans are busy starting seeds, transplanting plants, and preparing rows for tomatoes and peppers. It all…

3 easy and eye-catching spring offerings

As spring comes into bloom, we’re all excited to fill our gardens and homes with fresh scents, vibrant colors and tasty foods. But with harvest season still a few months away, you may be wondering how to get a jump-start on putting together eye-catching creations for your excited customers. We’ve put together 3 easy how-to’s…

Organic Plant CSA

Join our new Organic Plant CSA!

We want to make it as easy and sustainable as possible for gardeners at every experience-level to grow their own food. That’s why, this year, we’re offering something completely new: an Organic Plant CSA program. Garden along with the season with strong organic plant starts and seeds hand-selected to thrive in our high desert climate. Sounds…

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie   Print Prep time 40 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 1 hour 20 mins   Take this recipe, mould it to your taste, to your family’s palate. You can make it vegetarian, by adding a few more veggies like corn and beans and using vegetable stock. This recipe is healthy comfort…

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Sustainable choices in the world of flowers

Fresh-cut flowers can transform the feeling of a room. It’s no wonder why flowers are always on the shopping list when it comes to planning parties and events. But as we all know, roses aren’t blooming in the dead of winter, and supermarket flowers certainly have their flaws. So what’s a flower-lover to do? We’ve…

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Lavender-Ginger Chicken Curry

Lavender-Ginger Chicken Curry   Print Lavender adds a nice dimension to almost any classic curry powder blend. It has a huge affinity for ginger and allspice in both savory and sweet recipes. Author: Nancy Baguette, The Art of Cooking with Lavender Recipe type: Main Dish Cuisine: Indian Serves: 4 servings Ingredients ¾ cup low sodium…

A Lavender Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your sweetie, celebrating with your friends, or planning the perfect “Me Day” – nothing says love like lavender. From sweet treats to delightful decór, dried lavender will add a special something to your Valentine’s Day plans. Here are five ways to infuse your day of love with lavender…

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Into the garden… 2017

Updated March 3, 2017 Every year, our gardens offer us a fresh canvas. We get to experiment and explore new varieties and plants, while nurturing our favorites! As you plan your garden this year, keep this post bookmarked, as we’ll continue to update it with new and up-to-date resources for planning, planting and enjoying your home…

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Preparing your business for love and lavender: a brief guide to wedding season

Wedding season is just around the corner. Happy couples are putting together the finishing touches for spring weddings, while brides and grooms getting married in summer and fall are making more central arrangements. But what does any of this mean for you? The time is now to put your products and services out into the…

spicy lavender kale chips

Spicy Lavender Kale Chips

Spicy Lavender Kale Chips   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Spicy Lavender Kale Chips made with Spice Rub or Herbes de Provence Author: Lida Lafferty from Spike it with Lavender Cookbook Recipe type: Appetizer Cuisine: American Ingredients 1 bunch kale 1 T plus 1 tsp extra…

Fresh and clean: DIY natural lavender cleaning products

Are you feeling fresh? The New Year is a clean slate, a fresh start. A horizon for new possibilities. Whether you’re into resolution-making, or you’re simply feeling ready for a new beginning, New Year is the perfect time for deciding what you want and creating space to make it happen. Turn your home into a fresh…

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3 quick and easy ways to support your cause before the New Year

Right now, you’re probably in the middle of the holiday hustle-bustle. You might be avoiding the post office, the mall and the grocery store. But wait — is this what the holidays are all about? Turn holiday stress on its head by bringing a little giving into your holiday season. (And reap the benefits, too.) So,…

Hand-picked stocking stuffers and holiday gift box collections

Help Santa fill the stockings of your loved ones with sensibly-grown products they’ll love. Mix and match to create a stockin’ full o’ fun. Here are my top ten favorite tiny gifts, made right here in Palisade, CO. Paola’s top ten stocking stuffers Lavender Hand & Body Lotion – Infused with lavender essential oil, this creamy rich…

Bring home the healing

We too often think of healing as a luxury. A special occasion. A trip to the spa. When in fact, healing can happen every day and in many little ways. When we incorporate healing into our day-to-day lives, and we are consistent in our commitment to ourselves, our mind-body-and-souls are all the better for it….

DIY lavender holidays

DIY Lavender Holiday Season

It’s getting chillier, and you know what that means! Time for wool socks, hot cocoa – and crafts. Embrace the shorter days and cooler temperatures with open arms, and make this holiday season a DIY Lavender Holiday Season. There are so many things we love about lavender, but two in particular make it an extra…

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Maple Cheesecake with Charred Pears

Maple Cheesecake with Charred Pears   Print Serves: 8-10 Ingredients 7 ounce Digestive biscuits (see notes) ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup (divided) 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted) 24 ounce cream cheese (at room temperature) 3 eggs (at room temperature) ¼ cup cream 2 teaspoon vanilla extract hot water…

75 ways to sell the gift of lavender this holiday season

Give the gift of lavender this holiday season – and add your own special touch. Whether you’re creating and selling products at your restaurant or store, or putting gifts together for a special few, lavender is a fun and sustainable gift that everyone will love. That’s right. Lavender is not just for mom anymore. It’s…

Cumin-Scented Eggplant with Pomegranate and Cilantro

Cumin-Scented Eggplant with Pomegranate and Cilantro   Print Author: Marlena Spieler Serves: 4 Ingredients 5 cups water 2½ tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt 2 pounds eggplant (about 2 medium), cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices 1 tablespoon (or more) olive oil 2 teaspoons ground cumin ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced Pomegranate molasses*…

Which lavender variety is right for your project?

From aroma to medicine, craft to culinary delicacy, lavender offers us many gifts. This versatile and lovable – not to mention drought-tolerant – herb has so many uses and characteristics, it’s no wonder we’re obsessed! Fall is a perfect time to take the first step toward planting a lavender patch of your own. Imagine, a dainty terrace…