High Summer: Reflections on Lavender Season

Hello, July! Another successful lavender harvest has come and gone. From now through the rest of summer I expect only random stems here and there, depending largely on weather of course. At this stage we have dried bundles available. Please contact me if you're interested. I am frequently asked, " how many stems to a bundle?" The answer is typically 100 to 125. Any more than this and you run the risk of having the stems mildew. However, once dried, the bunches can be combined and easily adjusted in size - the lovely dried bridal bouquet pictured below, for example, contains 300 stems. AND it will last forever as a keepsake. 

Our farm had the privilege of being featured in Carolina Country magazine last month in a finely written article about North Carolina lavender farms. Additionally, Fox 8 News caught up with us in a segment on Roy's Folks. You can find the link here:

http://myfox8.com/2016/06/20/davidson-county-woman-grows-sells-lavender/

Since I am a huge fan of cooking with lavender, I couldn't let the season go by without cranking out a batch of Lavender-Honey Ice Cream, also pictured below. Here's the recipe: In a medium-size saucepan combine 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup half and half, 2/3 cup honey, and 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender; place over medium heat until very hot (do not boil). Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain cream mixture through a fine sieve and discard the lavender. Return the cream to saucepan and place over low heat until mixture is hot. Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat 2 large eggs with a wire whisk until frothy, adding a pinch of kosher salt. Gradually add a small amount (a generous 1 cup) of the hot cream mixture to the beaten eggs, stirring constantly to temper. Then slowly add the egg mixture to the hot cream mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine sieve a second time. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight before freezing according to manufacturer's instructions.    

Thank you all for your kindness and condolences from my last post. I appreciate every comment, including this special one: "We will laugh and dance again." ~ Psalm 30:11    

 

Lavender, A Wedding, and A Few Words on Lavender Day

It's been a busy time here with our eldest graduating college in May, our youngest graduating high school this weekend, and Memorial Day weekend ushering in the first wedding at Hauser Creek Farm. AND the lavender is coming on strong! Smile. There's been little time to post an entry, but there are a few important updates worth noting about our coming Lavender Day event on June 15. For those of you traveling from points east of Clemmons, I-40 westbound is expected to be closed (for repairs to the Yadkin River bridge) on June 15 beginning at the Harper Road exit to exit 180B in Davie County. We strongly encourage you to check your travel plans and adjust your route accordingly. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about existing alternate routes. 

Some of you have asked about obtaining fresh lavender via mail, and it's important to know that Hauser Creek Farm does not ship. In the few years that I've been growing lavender in North Carolina, there is clearly enough interest locally that we're committed to keeping our product local in support of the increasingly popular slow flower movement. For more infomation on slow flowers, please see /blog/category/floral-designs?currentPage=2  We appreciate ALL of you for your ongoing interest and support and hope to see you on Lavender Day. 

Autumn Weddings: Falling in Love with Dried Lavender

HCF dried English lavenderI love this time of year. The signs of September are evident - our American beautyberry bushes are blinking purple berries along the driveway. Persimmons, showing a hint of orange, are beginning to ripen. Fall is also time for wedding bells...and dried lavender bouquets. This entry would not have happened had it not been for an inquisitive would-be bride looking for locally-sourced lavender. For some, there is a unique degree of beauty in dried flowers, especiallly in the fall. Lavender retains both its color and fragrance with drying, although the scent is quite possibly a little more herby. While I use raffia to tie up the bundles, this could easily be exchanged for fancy ribbon or lace. A limited number of dried bundles are available right now at the farm. Later this fall we'll be back at the farmers market with assorted dried flowers, ornamental grasses, and decorative foliage. See you soon!