We had the great pleasure to show our market garden to the Hoe and Hope Garden Club (a gardening club since 1964) and serve the members tea and scones during a short presentation on how to make a lavender oatmeal soak.
If you are interested in scheduling a market garden tour, please email us at email@example.com or call us at (303) 514-6504. We can accommodate groups up to 20 people in size!
Today is Earth Day, a fantastic and wonderful holiday that goes hand-in-hand with springtime. Here at Heritage Lavender we have some saplings that we received for donating to the Arbor Day Foundation. Did you know that one tree generates enough oxygen for two people? We’re very excited to find new homes for our twelve new trees!
We have also freshly broken the ground for our second patch of lavender. This, coupled with the Greenhouse that we have laid the foundation for, will make for quite the busy summer. Our number of lavender plants will roughly double with this new patch. We have seeded some grass between the two fields for a nice place to enjoy some lavender tea and fragrances right off the plant.
Our existing lavender has started to wake up out of its winter dormancy, with new growth already coming in. Soon our lavender fields will have a nice blueish-purple hue to them as the lavender begins to flower. We can accommodate any visitors if you would like to see them in bloom!
Our strawberries in our kitchen garden are also beginning to bloom, along with our perennial herbs.
Culinary lavender is a versatile herb for cooking and baking and is gaining popularity among professional and home chefs alike. Edible flowers (fresh or dried) are fashionably used in today’s upscale restaurants and the soft earthy herb flavor of lavender sought after by many famous chefs. Now you too can add lavender to your collection of herbs and create flavorful dishes to enjoy.
Lavandula (common name Lavender) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Realizing it is related to Rosemary and Mint makes it more palatable and applicable to cooking. Lavender by itself in a tea, jelly or syrup is a delightful flavor but when mingled with other flavors it is simply divine, fit for royalty. Centuries ago even Queen Elizabeth I of England valued lavender as a conserve and she commanded that the royal table should never be without “conserve of lavender”. She also drank Lavender tea to help ease her migraines. If you are ready to add lavender to your kitchen table try the appetizer recipe below with a nice glass of your favorite white wine. Also visit our “Recipe” tab to the left for more ideas. Apricot Lavender Cheese Spread
10-15 dried apricot halves, chopped fine
1/4 cup of orange juice
1/4 cup of bourbon or apricot brandy (optional)
1 eight ounce brick of cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon of fig jam
1 teaspoon of finely ground dried culinary lavender * (grind in a coffee mill or with a mortise and pestle)
3/4 cup of chopped pecans
Combine chopped apricot, orange juice and brandy in small sauce pan, simmer for 10-15 minutes until apricot pieces are plump. Place softened cream cheese in bowl or food processor, add apricot, fig jam and ground culinary lavender. Process until well blended. Top with pecans. Delicious served as a sandwich spread or on a cracker. For the appetizer pictured above, layer a small amount of fig jam, cheese spread, a slice of pear or apple and top with lavender buds for an elegant hors d’oeuvres’. Enjoy!
*When purchasing lavender for use in the kitchen make sure it is labeled “culinary lavender” and free of pesticides and herbicides. My favorite lavender varieties for cooking are from the Lavandula angustafolia sub genus, (also known as English lavender),”Folgate” and “Royal Velvet”. These are less camphoric and lend a softer flavor. As always, please contact us via phone or email if you would like to purchase culinary lavender, we have the aforementioned culinary varieties available. All our lavender is naturally grown using organic practices, free of pesticides, herbicides or growth chemicals.
A little chaos and stress in life is inevitable but during the month of December it seems to skyrocket! According to the Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood “Stress occurs when the natural equilibrium of the body and mind is upset, often as a result of …..excessive demands made on an individual’s mental and physical resources” Studies have proven that prolonged stress weakens the body’s immune system as well. Perhaps that accounts for the increase in cold and flu occurrences during the months of December and January.
With the calming attributes lavender offers, perhaps it’s time to add a little lavender to our holidays and tone down the stress. Here are a few suggestions to help you do just that. When you are out and about shopping, carry a small sachet of lavender or a spritzer of lavender hydrosol in your pocket, purse or car. Give it a squeeze or spray when you feel tension trying to take hold. If you have a vial of lavender essential oil take a gentle wiff or rub some on your temples to calm your senses. Lavender is well-known as a calming herb and offers a powerful effect on the olfactory system.
After the running about is done, reward yourself for finishing your “to-do list” with this suggestion is from “Natural Cures, Not Medicine” instagram by Tawanda ShakaDread MaKombe. It sounds so inviting and relaxing!
….”sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salt or sea salt, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress related hormones and balances your pH level.”
Ahhhh I’m heading to the bath tub right now with some lavender bath salts, after I grab a candle and a nice glass of wine. Holiday stress….what holiday stress? I have lavender……….
~PS~ The handmade Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts pictured above are available from Heritage Lavender, send your request or order via email or phone. Watch for our upcoming announcement, we will soon be offering some of our products for sale online via Etsy!