November: Planting Time and a Recap of Fall Open Farm Day

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Hello, November! This has been the busiest fall I can remember with much going on at the farm in preparation for winter and next year. New lavenders have been planted and established lavenders have been pruned. In other areas, the soil has been worked and poppies are planted. And, something new for 2014: peonies. Fifty of those planted with names like 'a la mode,' 'bridal icing,' and 'abalone pearl,' to name just three. Did you know that peonies are capable of producing blooms for over 50 years? I hope my unborn grandchildren like them. Smile. 

Over the weekend, our annual Fall Open Farm Day was a big success. We appreciate all who came out to enjoy the farm. It was a stellar weather day with picture-perfect Carolina blue skies. Some of you asked about the tart lavender cider that we served, and I have to confess there's not really a recipe for that. But here's how I made it: To 4 parts pasteurized apple cider add 1 part lavender lemonade. Adjust flavor, adding a splash of fresh lemon juice, if desired, for added tartness. Serve hot. 

Here's a recipe for lavender lemonade that I published in a previous post:

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!