how to harvest lavender

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…

An heirloom, an Indigo and a cherry

All tomatoes have stories. They come from all corners of the world, bringing new riches to different cultures around the globe. They are saved, rescued, cultivated, hybridized, lost and found. They’re sliced, chopped, blended, boiled, fried, stirred and canned. They’ve been thrown at poor actors and eaten by kings. They’re Italian, Spanish, Argentinian, Thai, Mexican, Greek, Russian and…

preserve harvest

Preserving the harvest: Our three favorite ways

It’s hard to believe that in just one week, we harvested more than 20,000 pounds of cherries. And we even left a few trees full for the birds! Such is farming – and gardening – after all. In the winter, we dream up our designs and flip through gardening catalogs, prepare our beds and tend to…

growing organic cherries

Growing Organic Cherries: A Labor of Love

With cherry season just around the corner, we’ve been gearing up for the big harvest. In the spring, we released lady bugs to control pests and sprayed pheromone disrupters for cherry fruit flies; we turned on the wind machines to protect the trees from late frosts; we crossed our fingers that hungry birds and heavy…

successful farmers market produce stand

5 Ingredients for a Successful Farmer’s Market Produce Stand

During the summer, farmer’s markets take center stage in cities throughout Colorado. Fresh air, music and fine produce are just a few reasons local communities love attending so much. For those of us running a booth, however, there is a lot of work involved, not to mention the expenses that allow farmers to participate. Needless…

Organic Lavandin Hydrosol

The ABC’s of Wholesale Hydrosol

In the process of distilling lavender, capturing its essence and transforming its buds into high-quality essential oil, something else happens. Hydrosol, the essence-infused floral water solution with so many uses, is formed. As a by-product of essential oil steam-distillation, lavender hydrosol contains some of the water-soluble micro-molecules of essential oils and of plant components. That…

Local Plant Starts for a Thriving Community

Local Plant Starts for a Thriving Community

Buying local has its usual perks. Supporting local businesses makes for a thriving community. And yes, buying local is also good for the environment, generally requiring less energy and transportation of goods. But when it comes to plants, and your garden, buying local means something more. It means a better garden. Just as when you…

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Spring Is Here, and Lavender’s on the Menus

It’s that time of year in Colorado. After months of skiing and sledding and staying indoors, people are excited to see the sun again. And despite the tug-and-pull of cold, wet days between dry, sunny ones – the people have declared it: Spring is here. And lavender is on the menus. Yes, all of the…

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10 Organic Starts to Plant in Your Grand Valley Garden This Spring

Colorado’s Grand Valley offers a unique climate for gardeners. While the spring teases plants with constant temperature changes, the summertime brings hot days and cool nights – the perfect recipe for stone fruits like cherries and peaches. And as there are many local orchards to find these delicious treats in a few months, you may…