Hauser Creek Farm in Full Flower

Hauser Creek Farm in Full Flower

Hauser Creek Farm in Full Flower

With an abundance of flowers in the field, we welcomed visitors to the farm on June 3. We were up at dawn that day picking flowers for mixed bouquets. As you can tell in the photo, my beloved lavender crop has been twiddled down - a deliberate move because of my swelling interest in other flowers and prolonging the growing season. After Bob Segal's death in 2016 I determined to color my world in flowers this year in his memory. The wildflower patch has been a delight to people and pollinators alike. And songbirds! Oh my goodness, the finches are going bonkers right now. Makes me smile every time I drive up our road.

With lavender harvest already winding down, I took time over the weekend to make a batch of lemonade, long a summer staple. Lemons and lavender go together beautifully and fortunately it doesn't take much lavender. Just be sure to use a culinary lavender and brush the stems off to remove any insects or bugs. Thanks again to those who came out to the farm and to everyone for your continued interest in the farm. 

      

Lavender lemonade at Hauser Creek Farm

Lavender lemonade at Hauser Creek Farm

Lavender Lemonade: Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cups water, and 5 or 6 stems fresh lavender in a saucepan; bring to a simmer and heat just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand for at least 1 hour to infuse.  Once infused, strain lavender mixture into a pitcher, discarding lavender stems. Stir in 3/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 to 1 cup water to taste. Serve chilled over ice and garnish with fresh lavender and lemon slices. Optional: For boozy lemonade, add a splash of gin. Enjoy! 

   

 

June: Celebrating Lavender at Hauser Creek Farm

Provence lavender at Hauser Creek Farm

Provence lavender at Hauser Creek Farm

We invite you to the farm Saturday, June 3 from 9 am to noon, celebrating lavender. Head's up: This year's harvest is much smaller due to a complete makeover in the field. Many of our plants are not up to snuff with regard to production capacity at this time. So ... if you visit, we cannot guarantee that there will be lavender for all of you to purchase. Our policy is typically first come first serve. We DO have a strong crop of various perennials. In another week we should be swimming in a lovely sea of cosmos, to name just one flower. Lots of colorful mixed bouquets will be available. Hope to see you!  

 

Flower field at Hauser Creek Farm

Flower field at Hauser Creek Farm

Cosmos at Hauser Creek Farm

Cosmos at Hauser Creek Farm

Spring has Sprung at Hauser Creek Farm

Crimson clover cover crop at Hauser Creek Farm April 22, 2017

Crimson clover cover crop at Hauser Creek Farm April 22, 2017

Hello, everyone! Happy spring! The transformation of seasons from winter to spring has been remarkable around here and I am grateful to be keenly aware of it. I missed spring last year, due to the mental fog associated with grief. Happy to be more tuned in now and Mother nature has definitely smiled on the farm this month. You see the crimson clover in the photo? It was planted, oh, maybe 4 autumns ago. It has never looked so good! In my mind, it's not a coincidence but a gift from heaven.    

           

 

 

Peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

Peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

It's peony time! Plus Sweet William and various wildflowers dotting the meadow. Something new for 2017: I'm hoping to host several quickie "pop-up" events on the farm since I will not be doing farmers markets. The first is this Friday, April 28, 4 o'clock to 6 pm. Apologies for the short notice but the reality now more than ever is that no 2 days are ever alike and the nature of "pop-up" events is impromptu. Short and sweet. So if you're out and about this Friday and have time, come on by anytime between 4 and 6 pm and check out the farm, linger awhile, or make your own bouquet (bring clippers, please). Starter lavender plants are available for sale along with lavender goats milk soap and lovely mixed floral bunches for $10.        

Fresh-cut peonies at Hauser Creek Farm

Fresh-cut peonies at Hauser Creek Farm