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

Holiday Greetings from Hauser Creek Farm

Thanksgiving spread at Hauser Creek Farm

Thanksgiving spread at Hauser Creek Farm

Hello, Friends! I don't know about you but it seems unreal that we are quickly approaching the end of 2016. Due to personal and family matters, as many of you know the farm remained closed and relatively quiet throughout the year. That all changed briefly last month when my extended family came together for Thanksgiving. It was a fitting nod to the late Bob Segal who traditionally cooked the turkeys and ham for our Thanksgiving and who always joked that one of these years we should have Thanksgiving at the farm. And eat outside like the early Pilgrims and Indians!  But...there was always a concern about the weather in November. Not this year! It was as if Bob Segal himself had a hand in the day- temps pushing 70 degrees, abundant sunshine, and clear blue sky. We spread tables outside on the lawn and porch and the children ran loose. It was good to be surrounded by loving family.

I wish all of you much happiness and love this Christmas season. Hope to see you in 2017! 

 

 

      

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Pilgrim-style Thanksgiving at Hauser Creek Farm