Grosso and Folgate Oils Win Awards

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Apr 302017
 

Lavender Sommellier, who is a member of the International Perfume Foundation, awarded Lavender Wind Farm two awards for our oils!
Lavandula x-intermedia var. Grosso Gold Award

It was around 2003 when we first distilled our lavender thanks to a lavender grower about a mile away from us. He had a Newhouse Mini-still that looked pretty big to me! I learned how to work the elaborate system, pay attention to the drops of oils visible in the distillate, and how to time the process to get the best oil I could. He was gracious enough to let me use his system for a couple of years until I was ready to get my own still. I opted for a human-scale still that was a rotating column still made out of 100% copper from Portugal. We now have four of those copper stills – Grandfather still, Papa still, Mama still, and Baby still. (Really, I am such a girl in some ways and Goldilocks has stuck with me.)

For the last two years we have been using Grandfather still, which is a rotating column still about 150 liters in size. It is so big we had to build a platform to get to get high enough to load the lavender. Here is a video of Sarah a few years ago, and then Farm Manager, Sydney, working on a batch.

We harvest the lavender fresh. The column and cap of the still hold about 90 lbs of lavender. From that we get about 18 to 26 ounces of lavender essential oil per batch, depending on the variety that we are distilling. We distill each variety separately.

You can come to the farm and watch us distill the lavender oil during the summer.

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Blooming Season Concerts

Blooming Season Concerts

Welcome to our Blooming Season Concerts! These concerts are debuting in 2017 and will replace our festival that we have hosted for 13 years. It’s time for a change. Time for a relaxing experience listening to music, having a picnic, and wandering in the lavender fields. What happened to the Lavender Festival? We decided to focus on what we [read more…]

Lavender Apple Pie

This is an awesome pie! Use tart apples like Granny Smith, or the equivalent. Ingredients Pie Crust DOUBLE CRUST Pastry flour 2 1/2 Cups Salt 1/2 Tsp Butter 2/3 Cup (or 1/3 Coconut Oil and 1/3 butter) Cold Water 6 TBL You will need a 9″ pie pan. Making pie crust is an art. You [read more…]

Pecan Puffs

Pecan Puffs

Who doesn’t like a tasty bit of butter, pecans, and sugar? It’s one level better with lavender. Ingredients* Cookies: 114 g Butter 2 g Lavender Extract 150 g Pastry Flour 23 g Sugar 110 g Ground Pecans Sugar Dusting: 80 g Confectioner’s Sugar 1/2 tsp Finely ground Lavender DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 325° Beat butter until [read more…]

Clearing for Lavender

Clearing for Lavender

Farming involves so many tasks that you don’t normally associate with farming a crop. At our farm the trees that were planted in 2000 as a wind and visual block had grown to over 20′ tall and were shading the lavender field. They also created a barrier between the two lavender fields. In an old-fashioned display [read more…]

Herbs de Provence Quiche

Herbs de Provence Quiche

Need an exceptional Quiche for a party and aren’t allergic to cooking? This is our secret recipe for a Quiche that is utterly delightful. (Printable Quiche Recipe)  You will need the following ingredients. There are some ingredients that are simply best to measure by weight, so get out your scale or make your best guess. [read more…]

Video Blog #3

Several days at the farm. Looking at lavenders, seeing our cat, sunflower forts, growing vegetables, harvesting garlic, pouring lavender hydrosol, and a sunset.