Thursday, November 29, 2007

Free Christmas Mug!

For a limited time we are giving away a free Christmas Mug when you purchase either our Gorge Wind Tea, or our Tranquil-a-Tea. No catches, just plain FREE. Only availabel on our Monthly Special Page.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New Online Specials



We have just added some NEW online specials that are relaxing, healing and make perfect gifts. Check them out!

MSM Mega-Therapy Cream-Rich with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and vitamins A & E, this cream is a real blessing for those of us with arthritis and achy damaged joints. MSM is naturally found in every cell of the body, and is essential in the formulation of connective tissue and for healthy joint function.

Lavender Reed Diffuser--Note: This is not a fragrance oil, this diffuser uses our certified organic lavender essential oil!

Wahine Royale
AROMA-nce Roll-on Perfume
-Known for their grounding & hormone balancing properties, these 4 essential oils are pure Beauty in our proprietary Romantic Aroma Roll-On. Extremely emotionally healing, calming, uplifting, and simply delightful. Let nature bring you back to your grounded "self" in a warm and sensual Organic Perfume.
Essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose Geranium & Palmarosa.
10ml bottle

NEW Lavender Gift Packs-Brand New Gift Packs have been added to our Giftpacks Page. Yummy Selections of Delightful All Natural Hood River Lavender Items in several different Packages. Sure to be a hit for the Holidays, or enjoy a variety pack for yourself. You know deserve it!

We have added some NEW LARGE LAVENDER WANDS on our site. The last time these Large Wands were put on the site we sold out in 2 days! Check them out HERE...

Visit our Monthly Specials Page to see all the Holiday Specials!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Sale!

3rd Annual HOLIDAY SHOPPING SALE!

at

Hood River Lavender Farms

Nov. 23, 24 & 25

11am-3pm

10% off all purchases over $20

Try our Free Mulled Hot Cider
while you shop for:
Lavender Chocolate Truffles,
Lavender Shortbread,
Special Giftpacks that 'pamper & de-stress',
New FINE Lavender oils
& all of our Everyday Products!



For map & to view all of our products:

HoodRiverLavender.com

We are also OPEN Sat & Sun, 11am-3pm, every weekend until Dec. 23rd

also open by appointment: 541-354-9917

Come on out and visit us!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

New Release Party

Please celebrate the end of Harvest with us, this weekend, Oct. 27 & 28.

New Release of beautiful "Fine Lavender" oils,

Mulled Spiced Cider, Lavender Shortbread,

Chocolate Truffles & More...



New 'Fine Lavender' Oils

2007 has been good to us, and we want to share that with you!

We have 4 new 'FINE LAVENDER' oils that we will release this weekend. These beautifully aromatic oils are only available at our farm and are limited in quantity. We will have complementary Mulled Spiced Cider, along with our popular Lavender Shortbread. Available for purchase will be the best Chocolate Truffles we have ever had, Lavender Honey, Apple/Lavender Jelly,

and our Premier Lavender products & Gift Packs.


This weekend is also Heirloom Apple Days in Hood River County, with a ton of terrific events planned. Bring the family out and enjoy the Autumn colors and festivities.

The forecast is for Sun & Fun!



Where & When
3801 Straight Hill Rd.
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Oct. 27 & 28, 2007
10:00AM-5:00PM

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

25th Annual Harvest Fest in Hood River

October 19, 20 & 21, 2007

This Weekend marks the

25th Annual Hood River Valley Harvest Festival!

We will be having our own celebration

at

Hood River Lavender Farms

with our

Harvest Delights-Scrumptous chocolates & Holiday Gifts!
Apple/Lavender Scones, "To-die-for" Chocolate Truffles,

Spiced Apple/Lavender Cider, Lavender Honey,

Apple/Lavender Jelly & More..

We are so excited to have the most awesome Chocolate Truffles we

have ever tasted! Our Chef, Connie Zuba, has trained under World Class

cooking programs including the La Varenne Signature Series

with Anne Williams (author of a dozen+ books and television Cook and Cook series),

where her teachers were Alan Wong of Honolulu, & Julia Child, the cookbook

author and culinary television personality. Her experience & talent is our

pleasure! We have never had such wonderful scones

or rich, decadent chocolate!

Plan to visit us this weekend and

get a jump on your Holiday Shopping. We have

created some new Gift Packs, and will have

Apple/Lavender Scones, Chocolate Truffles & Mulling Spice

available for purchase, along with some other 'New Items'

Open 10-5 daily.

Off I-84, take Exit 64 and go 6.5 miles on Hwy 35.

Follow the signs to 3801 Straight Hill Rd.
www.lavenderfarms.net
541.354.9917
888-LAV-FARM

Friday, October 05, 2007

Lavender Honey, Lavender Wands & "Patches"

HONEY! It's here!!!

It has been a long wait, but oh sooo worth it. Our lavender honey is back, and our bees with some divine guidance have really done a beautiful thing. Our supply is better than previous years, but we are sure we will run out too soon. You will most definetly want to get a jar or 2 of this scrumptous honey. Learn more here

One-of-a-kind Lavender Wands are now available. The girls have been busy handcrafting these beauties, and we will be continuously adding more on our Specials Page so keep checking in. If you see one that you like, and it is unavailable, drop us an email( info@lavenderfarms.net) and we will try our best to accomodate you. They are gorgeous!

Our popular "Patches" Lavender-filled Comfort Bear is Back after being gone for almost a year. A surprise case showed up in the warehouse and we again making these available for you. Adorable, and filled with our certified organic lavender, they are the best 'comfort bear' available!

Hope your Autumn is a very happy and memorable season for you. Join us for the Popular Hood River Valley Harvest Festival on Oct. 19, 20 & 21st. WE will have lots of yummy goodies and new products just in time for the Holidays. Learn more here

Diane & Joe

Friday, August 31, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is upon us and the weather looks like it will great. We are offering Lavender Shortbread, Lavender lemonade (or some other yummy lavender beverage) for our weekend visitors. Our 2nd bloom of angustifolia lavender is under way and there are gorgeous U-PICK bouquets available on our farm. Stop by and take a break on our patio, pick some lavender, shop our retail cottage, and enjoy our small town hospitality and for sure bring your camera! Happy Labor Day Weekend! Joe & Diane Hood River Lavender
video

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Rolls Royce at the Farm video!

What a Great Day we had yesterday on the farm. We were honored to have the RROC (rolls royce auto club) visit us for huckleberry scones, devonshire cream and drinks. All of the autos were gorgeous, some old..some new...all beautiful!

Here is a movie I filmed in between my wide-eyed appreciative gaze:
Rolls Royce Movie


View our homepage for more videos. Just added a new one of our Lavender DAZE Festival as well: click here



It was a blast this year! Special THANKS to all our vendors, associates and friends who helped make it a success!

Thanks to the Hood River County Chamber for allowing us to host 'Business After Hours' last Thursday. Awesome folks we have operating business in our valley, and a pleasure to have them at the farm for Hamburgers/Hotdogs, Mt. Hood Wines, and Double Mountain beer (Kolsh). Thanks to all that helped to bring this event together!

Monthly Specials will be updated soon, until then take advantage of our Lavender Oil Special pricing from last month!

Be Well,
joe & diane

Monday, June 18, 2007

New You Tube Video

Just finished a 'cheesy' little video from our farm. Hope you enjoy it!

Lavender Farm Video-June 17th

Sunday, June 17, 2007

June Special!

Bulk Essential Oil of Lavender

Certified Organic (lavandin-grosso)

BIG SAVINGS on our Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil! This is for a very limited time, and most definitely will not last long. We have set aside an allotment for this special and when its gone so is the special pricing.

Wonderfully alive, fresh & naturally fragrant, this pure steam distilled essential oil of Lavender is what has made us famous. Harvested in the early morning when the flowers are at their very Peak, every drop is distilled by Joe Orcutt (our Master Distiller). Joe has taken master distillation classes, and has distilled with some of the most experienced distillers (Jeanne Rose, Robert Seidel, George Sturtz) in the world. To learn why our Organic Essential Oils are so therapeutic click here

We have never offered savings like this before on our certified organic oil. We wish to show our appreciation to our internet customers with this Special, and this is only available at this price via the web at www.hoodriverlavender.com . If you prefer not to pay online, call us at: 888.528.3276 and mention our June Special for lavender oil.

A "Whiff" or "Huff" of our certified organic lavender essential oils helps calm jagged nerves, soothes stress & headaches, and provides a smooth "pick-me-up". It is also very effect for insomnia encouraging restful sleep. You can rest assured that our essential oil and is premium, and of the highest quality.

Friday, June 01, 2007

It's Summer!

With temp's over 90 degrees (F) I think it is safe to say that Summer is here. Our lavender is exploding with the heat & sun, and we have had our first U-PICK customers today. The farm is gorgeous, and the wild flowers are the 'show-stopper' currently. They have to be seen to be appreciated, and we have had photographers from across the country spending hours shooting them this week.

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Lavender Daze Festival July 14 & 15th! It promises to be a HUGE party this year. You do NOT want to miss it! Click here to see our PR for Lavender Daze.

We are now OPEN 7/days a week, 10-5pm. The picnic tables are out, so come on and bring a sack lunch, bottle of Oregon Wine, or whatever your pleasure and take-in the beauty of our location.

Here's to a Great Summer, and hope that you can come out and visit us at:
Hood River Lavender Farms
3801 Straight Hill Rd.
Hood River, OR 97031
888.LAV.FARM

Thursday, April 05, 2007

New Spring Specials-Big Savings

Spring is here, and so are HUGE Spring Specials on our Website!
New Monthly Specials with savings from 20-35%!
See our specials here

Organic Lavender Perfume
Never before Price-Break on our very popular Lavender Perfume! Unbelievably Warm, Floral, and beautiful, this perfume is a must for any lavender connoisseur. Inviting a mood of relaxation and romance, this perfume brings with it calmness & healing due to the generous amount of our very own certified organic English Lavender essential oil. Best of all, its Organic! 4.6ml roll-on bottle

Treat yourself, spoil a friend, but don't miss out on this great promotion. Available at this price only on our Monthly Specials Page.

Reg. Price: $12.95
Special Price: $9.71
Save 25%


Annual Plant Sale April 21-22/2007
Lots of new and rare Lavender Plants for sale on the 53rd Annual Hood River Blossom Festival Weekend. The entire Hood River Valley is absolutely stunning when all the orchards are in bloom! Stop by our scenic Lavender Farm and try some delicious Lavender Scones, lavender lemonade, and our signature teas. Hours are 10-4pm both days. 10% off coupon available for printing on the bottom of our Specials Page. Please phone ahead for large plant orders.

Our Lavender farm is available for your private picnics, company parties, intimate weddings, association & club events, and executive meetings. Call our toll-free # 888.LAV.FARM for more information.

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Lavender Daze Festival July 14th & 15th, 2007. Admission is FREE! Awesome Live Music, Huge Local Artists Market, Local Wine Tasting, friendly Alpacas, on-site Massage Therapists, hands-on craft classes, and more.

Coming Soon..."Moonlight in Lavender" -an intimate setting for couples in the aromatic peaceful evenings on the farm. Romantic and enchanting.

Visit our website often and refresh the Homepage is its updated often!


Happy Spring!
Joe
Hood River Lavender Farms
www.hoodriverlavender.com

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

How Toxic are Your Household Cleaners?

How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaners?



Have you noticed the amount of Natural Cleaners at the Supermarket these days? Wandered why Name Brands are jumping on board of this “Natural” cleaning trend? Is there something we don’t know about commercial household cleaners that we use in our home? Seems as though there is a lot about that “All Purpose Cleaner” under the sink that we are not being told.



Hood River, Oregon (PRWEB) March 20, 2007--According to the EPA, the air we breathe inside our homes could be as much as 5 times as polluted as the air outside. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality tells us that the average American uses 25 gallons of toxic and hazardous chemicals at home. Of the 17,000 chemicals found in household cleaners, only 3 out of 10 have been tested for effects on Human health. Many cleaning products contain petroleum products, which are slow to breakdown in the environment, non-renewable and can contaminate our air and water. Of these chemicals, many are flushed down system and make their way through our sewers to our creeks, rivers, and ultimately our ocean.



What type of chemicals are we using in our home environment? Commercial Spot Cleaners can be loaded with carcinogenic ingredients, neurotoxins, central nervous system depressants, and all of these are considered hazardous waste. Sodium Fluosilicate, Na2SiF6 A poisonous, white, amorphous powder; slightly soluble in water, and used to fluoridate drinking water and to kill rodents and insects, is commonly used in some commercial laundry detergents. Furniture Polishes can contain neurotoxins and other hazards to the environment. A closer investigation in household cleaners, commercial oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and metal polishes reveal a vast amount of chemicals that are used as pesticides and even fuel. Add the additional contact of these chemicals in the work environment and contact issues escalate. Is it any wonder that “occupational dermatitis” is the foremost source of work-related disease? Americans spend as much as $300 million a year in their quest for relief from contact dermatitis. Florists, domestic workers, hairdressers, food preparers, janitors, and employees in industry, construction, and health care are the people most at risk of contracting work-related contact dermatitis.



Common cleaning products may be more dangerous than the germs themselves. Often we forget that our largest body organ, our skin, absorbs whatever it contacts. Exposure to chemicals can be detected within a minute in all organs of the body. Many “cleaners” release their toxins as fumes. Mothers that breast-feed should be very cautious around household cleaners as many chemicals, like chlorinated products, can form orgono-chloride compounds that can be stored in fat cells and migrate into breast milk. Ask any parent how much contact a baby has with the rugs and floors in their home/day-care area, then consider the chemicals found in rug cleaners and spot removers on those same floors, and an awareness warranting caution emerges. Why are more and more pets being diagnosed with cancer?



The good news is that as awareness is being made about “commercial cleaners”, more and more efforts are being made in the direction of “toxic-free Natural Cleaners”. Diane Orcutt, of Hood River Lavender in Oregon, says “that with all the attention made to “global warming” and efforts to protect our environment and our children, the path for natural alternatives to these toxic cleaners is being well paved.” Orcutt goes on to say, “with the knowledge and side-effects of chemicals found in commercial cleaning products, one has only to step back a couple of generations before the man-made-chemical era and discover that the natural cleaners made from botanicals used for hundreds of years are still very powerful, and in some instances, even more powerful than modern cleaners. The focus on “sustainable non-toxic all natural” cleaners is a conscientious statement of concern not just for one’s self & family, but also the choice of minimal long-term effect on the environment.”



Orcutt, who has “occupational dermatitis” from many years as a cosmetologist and esthetician, says the answer for her was as close as her certified organic lavender farm. “The hydrosol (linen floral water) that is created when steam-distillation is performed for lavender essential oil on the farm, is a very powerful natural cleaner and even cuts grease. The very definition of the name “lavender” is “to clean”. It is 100% botanical, biodegradable, safe to the environment including plants, animals, land and water, and also to the user. Because lavender is a natural antibacterial with antifungal properties, and has a long list of healing qualities, even for burns, it has been the answer for a cleaning product because of my dermatitis.”



Orcutt goes on, “After years of practical usage and research with additional essential oils in our hydrosol, we have fine-tuned an amazingly powerful All Purpose Cleaner recipe that is 100% botanical, free of colorings or dyes, no phosphates, ammonia, butyl ethers or chlorine, and is very pleasant in aroma without synthetic fragrances. It is very effective as a spot remover, cuts grease, works well for dirt & buildup on floors, walls, countertops, sinks, tubs, toilets, kitchen, diaper pails, doorknobs, and even as a pre-soak additive in the laundry.” Seems the power of Nature’s own chemicals can provide solutions for household cleaning without the side-effects of contact to, or the unhealthy fumes of the chemicals used in commercial cleaning products.



The consumer now has a choice for what they bring into their environment. The alternatives to harsh chemicals are finding their way onto the shelves of our Supermarkets, and the consumer is beginning to making a conscientious effort to purchase these alternative products. The initial cost may be a few pennies more, but the savings are measured in home & personal health gain, environmental protection, and the satisfaction of knowing that one’s home from floor to ceiling is free of toxins from industrial cleaning products.



A plethora of environmental & home-safe items can be found online with a simple Google search for the term: “natural cleaning products”. Hood River Lavender’s “All Purpose Cleaner” can be found online at Orcutt’s website: www.hoodriverlavender.com.

To learn more about the chemicals in laundry soap & cleaners currently in your home, simply go online to: www.answers.com and type in the chemical names in the page search bar.



For additional information contact:

Joel Orcutt

Hood River Lavender Farms

888-528-3276

http://www.lavenderfarms.net

or email info@lavenderfarms.net

Friday, March 02, 2007

Certified Organic Wreaths


We are pleased to tell all of you that we now have been certified organic on our Lavender Wreaths! What this means, is that Oregon Tilth, an industry leader in organic certification, has accepted our wreaths as organic. No toxic fixing agents, or sprays, just pure unadulterated organic lavender.

We added some new wreaths on our Wreath Page to show off our lavender, and they are simple, natural, yet elegant and will brighten up wherever you decide to hang them.

Our Huge Monthly Specials are still going on, view the discounts and items only on this page: Monthly Specials

As always, our heart-felt Thanks to all our customers that allow us to continue our passion!

Hood River Lavender

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

1 more New ITEM-Wunder-Shroom Tea


Here is 1 more new item, Wunder-Shroom Tea added for our customers. We have been making and drinking this tea for years now. Until today, it has only been available for our family and closest friends. You can purchase it on our Monthly Specials Page, or our Culinary Page.

It is the result of numerous months of testing and blending to achieve the highest level of taste and still achieve a high level of healthy polysaccharides. The outcome is a wonderfully delicious golden tea, with the aroma and taste of gourmet mushrooms with a powerful punch of health benefits. It is soothing, refreshing and especially designed to promote health and energy. The quality is unsurpassed and the truth is in the first sip.

To learn more about this tea, and the benefits of these particular mushrooms, go here

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Additions to Monthly Specials!


We are pleased to announce that the Pre-Spring Monthly Specials have expanded to many new items. The savings on Popular items range from 30% to over 50% Savings!

Save BIG on selected Organic Perfumes, Lavender Essential Oil, English Lavender Flights (variety packs), Spritzer, and our Awesome cold-milled Handmade Lavender Soap!

See all of our Specials at: New Monthly Specials!

We are entertaining the idea to continue to offer Monthly Specials of different High Quality Lavender items updated each month. We would love to hear feedback from our customers on this idea. Let us know what you think.?.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Monthly Specials!

We now have Monthly Specials available on our "New Products" page. The current special is our most popular item: Lavender Refreshing Spritzer Body Mist.

Our Refreshing Spritzer has many uses and is perfect for "creating one's own atmosphere. Let's face it, day-to-day living can be stressful & tension is only a couple of "events" away. We can't help you with Life's little surprises, but we can offer a moment or 2 of "stress relief" with the relaxing benefits of Organic Lavender which can cause you to slow down, breathe correctly, and re-gather your emotional health and endurance. In this day and age, re-grouping before a stressful event can make a world of difference.

Our Spritzer has numerous uses. It can be a terrific face toner/refresher. It also is a pleasant room spray. On a hot day, we often will keep spritzer in the fridge and pull it out for a cool hydrating spray. It is also good for your hair to gain bounce and curl. My Mother loves it to spray on her clothes and linens when ironing. We also like when we exercise as refreshing spray.

This month you can save 30% on our Lavender Refreshing Spritzer Body Mist by visiting our Monthly Specials page. This price reduction is only available on this page. Check out our other new products on this same page, and start creating your own little space of "bliss" with our Certified Organic Lavender Products! Only from Hood River Lavender Farms in beautiful Hood River, OR.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Chocolate Massage Oil???

That's correct Maynard, we have now added Chocolate to our Massage oil. Not just chocolate but Chocolate Cake, Chocolate/Cherry, Chocolate/Mint and even a Lavender/Rose Massage oil for that very pretty Valentine.

All of these are created using our signature Massage Oil as a base and then adding the "fragrance", or should I say flavor, to the Oil. They are very fresh & truly smell like the flavors they are, and not the least bit cheap or tacky. These were brought back into our line-up of products by the requests of our customers.

They are very scrumptious, and can add a special sultry mood for the Valentine that you have in mind. Even if the purchaser and receiver are the same (Hey, you deserve it!). These won't last long, and are only available during the LOVE MONTH, so don't wait too long to order. Be thoughtful, and set the mood...

See all our Valentine's Day specials

Wishing you all the best,
Joe

Monday, January 29, 2007

Valentine's Day Chocolates are Here!

We are so very pleased to announce that our Lavender Chocolates are back!!! These incredibly luscious chocolates seem to get better and better every year. You can find them on our Valentine's Day Page.
This year we have a good supply of these YUMMY Truffles, so hopefully we will not run out before Valentine's Day like we did last year. Order Early to be Safe.

Our varieties are:
Milk Chocolate with Lavender/Orange Creme Truffles
White Chocolate with Lavender/Wild Huckleberry Truffles
Dark Chocolate with an unbelievably rich Lavender/Dark Chocolate Ganache

These marvelous chocolates are unique and patiently hand-made just for Hood River Lavender using the highest quality pure wholesome ingredients and our certified organic culinary lavender. One bite and you know that this is not your ordinary truffle.

Learn More...

Hood River Lavender Farms

Friday, January 26, 2007

Oregon Community Treasures Book








We are very proud to announce that the long awaited OREGON COMMUNITY TREASURES BOOK is now available! This is the ULTIMATE coffee table book.

Within the pages of the Oregon Treasures Book you will find an insider's guide to the best that each area has to offer. From fine dining to elegant hotels, cultural attractions to the great outdoors, the State has been scoured to bring you a guide that will make your travels both rewarding and memorable. Hours of Entertainment and Discovery. It is Hardbound, 9.5"x 9.5" in size, heavy and Beautifully colored!
Oh yeah, and we are in it too. ;)

You can order it for only $39.99 on our website at: Oregon Treasure Book

Friday, January 19, 2007

St. Valentine's Chocolates & Gifts

What is the relationship of one's age to the shortening time between Holidays? Seems like Christmas was just here... Sorry, disregard the age thing...thinking aloud again.

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, and we all know that it is a Wonderful day for all who have been gifted the title of Sweetheart. What it means for us is that our Dear Friend has once again been in the kitchen with our lavender creating some absolutely Luscious Chocolates & Truffles. These are to die for!

We have added a sweet little Valentine Page with some very special gift ideas and gift packs that will bring a smile to the face of your Sweetie. "Check it out"

The Chocolates & Truffles will be posted next week, that is if we can keep the Gremlin in the fridge out of them. Diane thinks she knows who it is...Hmmm

Hood River Lavender

Monday, January 08, 2007

Using Lavender as an Herb in Cooking

Sure Lavender is a lovely flower and its “easy to care for” nature is responsible for its pick in Landscaping, but did you know that world-wide it is a popular & versatile Herb used in Food, Spice Blends, Jelly and even Tea?

Hood River, Oregon (PRWEB) January 1, 2007—Joel Orcutt of Hood River Lavender Farms says “Lavender is so much more versatile as an Herb and an accompaniment to food and drinks than what we here in the United States know.” “It is often used in Parisian Bakeries, as a Spice Herb and even ice cream in Europe. When the proper amount of a good culinary variety of lavender is added to sweets or citric drinks, the imbiber is treated to a clean, non-perfume fresh taste that is both pleasing and inviting to the palate” says Joel.

Lavender is an herb, and one of the many members of the Mint family. Extremely versatile in cooking, it also adds nice color and garnish to a dish. One of the more popular ways to use lavender is to create an “infusion” of lavender with the liquid used in a recipe. For example, in a cake recipe one would take the “liquid” called for in the instructions and put it into a pan on the stove with approx. 1 TBS of culinary lavender, bring the 2 ingredients to a simmer, remove from heat, cover and let “steep” for 10-20 minutes. Then merely filter the lavender out of the liquid let it cool to room temperature and use as called for in the recipe.

A word of caution here, less is better when using lavender in food. The goal is to create a background flavor, distinctive and mysterious with a lovely color, not a forefront flavor that can overpower food. You want the dish to have a slight addition of lavender to its aroma, not be like perfume.

Lavender varies in taste just as it varies in appearance and aroma. The English Lavenders (angustifolia) are the preferred lavenders to use as culinary as they are milder, sweeter, and do not over-power the dish. Within these varieties there is still more variation when used as a culinary herb. Provence lavender, a hybrid known as a lavandin, is an exception to the rule. Because of its milder flavor it is often used when English Lavender is not available, and some cooks even prefer it above angustifolia. “In all cases”, according to Joel, “make sure you know where your culinary lavender came from.” While many commercial lavender farms are certified organic, some are not and still use harsh herbicides and chemicals that you do not want to consume in your food. Apparently, lavender is still thought of as a flower for the cut-flower business first, and as a culinary item for ingestion as a secondary by-product.

All culinary lavender blends very well with citrus, mint, rosemary, sage, berries, fruit, meats, chocolates, and even drinks. Lavender is finding its way into syrups used in lattes and steamers, lemon and limeades, Gourmet coarse salts, margaritas and mojitos, scones, meats and seafood, cookies, cakes & cobblers just to name a few. Lavender is known for its calming ability and as a sleep aid, and used in Teas and Tisanes it has a very practical as well as flavorful use.
“Lavender is having a popular and profound affect on the culinary front here in the U.S.”, says Joel. “We, as a lavender farm that offers culinary lavender, recipes, and often samples of lavender goodies, are still surprised at how fast the masses are accepting lavender in food. Most of our favorite recipes are coming from our customers these days. One’s imagination is the only limit when cooking with this versatile herb.”

Joel, and his Wife Diane, own & operate Hood River Lavender Farms in Hood River, Oregon. Their certified organic U-PICK farm is open from April-November 7 days/week, and they offer culinary lavender and recipes on their website at: http://www.lavenderfarms.net. They can be reached at (888) LAV-FARM or email: info@lavanderfarms.net For more information on cooking with lavender visit these sites: http://www.whatscookingamerica.net and on yahoo groups at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LAVENDER-RECIPE/