Apple and Browned Butter Tart with Lavender Shortbread Crust

Apple and Browned Butter Tart with Lavender Shortbread Crust

Apple and Browned Butter Tart with Lavender Crust   Print Author: Inspired by Better Homes & Gardens Ingredients 1½ cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon lavender ¾ cup earth balance 1½ tablespoons cold water ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons butter ½ cup sugar 5 Honeycrisp apples, cored and cut…

Distilling lavender hydrosol

7 reasons to keep half gallons of hydrosol handy

The more we distill lavender hydrosol, the more we realize how wonderful it is. Over the years, essential oils and their many uses have become more well known. Hydrosol, however, also known as floral water or distillate, is still making its debut in the public eye. Back in the early days of distillation, hydrosol –…

Lavandin

Lavandin: A rich species

On our high desert organic farm, we’re growing nearly 5 acres of lavender, and 50% of the lavender we grow is Lavandula x. intermedia. In other words, we grow lots of Lavandin. As a late-season species, this is the last of the lavender we harvest in the summer. We harvest ‘True Grosso’, ‘Super’, ‘Impress Purple’…

How to grow and enjoy Basil throughout the summer

Basil is a classic tender herb loved by many. For gardeners, growing basil is a delight – Picking fresh basil just before adding it to a dish is such a treat. With a few tricks, growing basil is easy, even in our high desert heat. And it is possible to keep basil producing in abundance…

This year’s Colorado Lavender Festival is just around the bend

The 8th annual Colorado Lavender Festival is just around the corner! Every June, amidst cherry harvest and lavender harvest, we gear up for a weekend that is packed full of lavender. This year, we’re focusing on hydrosol as our theme for the festival. Hydrosol is a product of the distillation process. It’s the floral water…

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…

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 lavender growers. The topic of diversification in agriculture made space for great conversations about crop diversity,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

sustainable flower bouquets

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…

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…

into garden

Into the garden…

*Updated September 26, 2018 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…

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…