Savoring herbs: Potted plants or preservation?

Filling our gardens with herbs in spring and summer is a gift that keeps on giving. We get to harvest fresh culinary herbs for our favorite dishes and sip homegrown herbal teas. As temperatures cool, it’s hard to think of parting with such a satisfying ritual, but you may have experienced, as we have, that…

Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Pea Shoots and Fennel

Roasted Beet Salad with Pea Shoots and Fennel

Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Pea Shoots and Fennel   Print Ingredients 2 pounds baby beets, scrubbed, tops and root ends trimmed ¼ cup olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tsp crushed lavender buds Pea shoots (tendrils), fennel fronds, and…

how to grow good tomatoes

7 Secrets to Growing Tasty Tomatoes

Before I was growing lavender, I was growing tomatoes with a passion. It’s a skill I learned back in California when I was working on organic farms. Through the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that make a big difference. Planting, pruning, trellising and other techniques go a long way when it comes to growing…

Organic Plant CSA Colorado

Farm to garden to table: CSA’s and growing your own food

Community-supported agriculture. You may be more familiar with its acronym, CSA. As farm-to-table ideas and experiences enter the mainstream, CSA programs are also becoming more familiar and more popular. Whether its quality of taste, personal connection, ethics or nutrition that’s guiding people towards CSAs, it seems that everyone – both farmer and consumer – is…

Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri

Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri

Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri   Print Author: Inspired by Martha Stewart Ingredients Small carrots ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 tsp red chili flakes 1 minced garlic clove ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar Salt and pepper Directions Stir together parsley, cilantro, red chili flakes, garlic, oil, and…

GLLG

An exciting weekend with lavender growers of the Great Lakes

Last weekend, I had the honor of attending Great Lakes Lavender Growers’ 3rd Annual Conference as keynote speaker. The conference Diversify Today; Transform Tomorrow was sponsored by Michigan State University and organized by a passionate, excited, friendly and gracious group of lavendergrowers. The topic of diversification in agriculture amade space for great conversations about crop diversity, environmental…

Grilled Broccoli and Arugula Salad

Grilled Broccoli and Arugula Salad

Grilled Broccoli and Arugula Salad   Print Author: Ninebark, Napa, C Ingredients 2 heads of broccoli, florets separated, stems peeled and reserved Kosher salt 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 oil-packed anchovy fillet 1 garlic clove ⅔ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup buttermilk 1 cup chervil with tender sprigs 1 cup tarragon leaves ¼ cup chopped chives…

sustainable flower bouquets

Our Organic Plant CSA is back!

As farmers dedicated to quality and sustainability, we’re always trying new things. Testing out different varieties of lavender in our high desert climate, adding to our abundant selection of heirloom tomatoes, arranging and rearranging our organic plant starts to fit as many plants as possible! – Farming, like gardening, is all about playing with new…

Fresh Chocolate Truffles with Lavender and Fennel

Fresh Chocolate Truffles with Lavender and Fennel

Fresh Chocolate Truffles with Lavender and Fennel   Print Serves: 28 Ingredients ½ tsp. whole fennel seeds 6 ounces of your favorite organic dark chocolate ⅔ cup heavy cream 2 tbsps. unsalted butter, diced 1 tsp. culinary lavender 2 tbsps. granulated sugar ¼ cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder Directions Place the fennel seeds in a…

How to take care of yourself and your lavender plants this winter

Living in seasons is a beautiful thing. We get to participate in the flow of nature, welcoming the seasons as they come, and saying goodbye as they go. Changes in weather and in the scenic views that surround us influence our day-to-day lives, changing what we eat, wear and do. In harmony with the seasons,…

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Lavender

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Lavender

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Lavender   Print Tender butternut squash melts in your mouth, its caramelized outside adding rich texture. Lavender brings out deeper flavors in this cozy winter dish. Author: Inspired by Barefoot Contessa Ingredients 2 medium butternut squash (4 to 5 pounds total) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup light brown sugar,…

Peru

Happy holidays from Peru

We are at the end of our journey in Peru. I had the wonderful opportunity to bring my family to Peru and visit the first and only lavender farm in Peru. I was invited by the gracious owner of Sacred Lavender Farm, Jana Hartinger to visit and consult on her farm. Jana is a true…

How to propagate lavender from cuttings

How to propagate lavender from cuttings: a step-by-step guide

Every fall, we propagate thousands of organic lavender plants from cuttings. Learning how to propagate is a fun and important skill for a lavender grower to learn, so we wanted to share our process with you. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to propagate lavender from cuttings. Step One: Begin with a healthy plant…

DIY Natural Holiday Decor

DIY: 3 natural holiday decorations that will light up your home

This time of year, it’s fun to wander through the garden and observe how plants transform with the arrival of cold weather. Evergreens seem more brilliant and rich beside dormant perennials and annuals that have gone to seed. Some flowers become amazing seed pods! It’s fun to take walks, fallen leaves covering the ground, and…

Caramelized Almonds with Lavender

Caramelized Almonds with Lavender   Print These sweet and savory almonds are great served alone or on a cheese plate. Add to your favorite salad, or package for a “hostess/host” gift to give during the holiday season. Author: Robin Dery Ingredients 3 Tbl. Sugar 2 teas. Fennel seed 1 teas. Lavender buds 1 teas. salt ½t to…

Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Sage

Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Sage   Print Ingredients Coarse salt 12 ounces orecchiette 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 small butternut squash, halved and peeled, seeds and pulp scooped and reserved, flesh cut into ½-inch pieces (4 cups) Butternut Squash 3 tablespoons unsalted butter ¼ cup packed fresh sage leaves…

lavandin essential oil

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…

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…

how to plant strawberries

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…