Category Archives: Coupeville Shop

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Lavender infused Verjus!

VerjusLaunchJust released – VERJUS made from Spoiled Dog Winery’s estate Pinot Noir grapes (unfermented) infused with Lavender Wind Farm’s lavender.  A culinary delight with many uses, especially in dressings and sauces.  Verjus derives from the French term “vert  jus”, literally “green juice” and is pressed from semi-ripened high-acid low sugar wine grapes winemakers thin from the vines just before picking the grapes for wine.  Because Verjus is made from wine grapes and shares the same acid-base as wine, it is an elegant and delicate alternative to vinegar and lemon.  It is, therefore, “wine-friendly” and the secret of wine country and classically-trained chefs.

The Verjus is infused with lavender from Lavender Wind Farm.  The hint of lavender adds complexity by enhancing the flavors and also contributes to its lovely color.  This Verjus is a joint product made by two Whidbey Island businesses:  Spoiled Dog Winery and Lavender Wind Farm.  Their logos are prominently displayed on the label.  Karen Krug of Spoiled Dog Winery wanted to do something with grapes which weren’t ripe enough to make their premier wines and weren’t wasted.  Verjus was the answer – the French have known about it for years!  Karen previously talked to Sarah at Lavender Wind about infusing her lavender into their wine, however Sarah would not be able to sell the end product unless she had a liquor license.  Now there was an answer – VERJUS, because it is not fermented, a liquor license is not required to sell it, AND it is infused with Sarah’s lavender. A Whidbey Island Grown product  from two Whidbey Island businesses.

Verjus’ natural flavor enhances cooking by adding richness and complexity.  It pairs famously with wines as a salad dressing, by itself or as a simple dressing blended with olive oil.  See some recipe ideas such as Buttermilk-Verjus Salad Dressing; Arugula and Orange Verjus Salad; Roast Pork, Orange, Beet and Verjus Salad, or my favorite: Crabmeat salad with Nectarine, Verjus and Red Onion.

Use its sweet tart flavor to enhance sauces or heighten the flavor of any fish, chicken, game, red meat or vegetable dishes.  Some recipe ideas are Crispy Salmon, Spring Vegetables & Verjus Sauce; Braised Chicken with Grapes, Olives and Verjus; Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks in Verjus or Salmon Poached in Verjus; Honey-Roasted Pear Salad with Thyme Verjus Dressing.

It also makes a refreshing drink with much less sugar than other fruit juices.  Check out recipes for  Verjus Martini; Verjus Cocktail, Verjus Mojitos or experiment with it substituting Verjus for sweet-sour juices (lime juices).  A definite receipt to try is Verjus Mint-Sorbet for those hot summer days!

You can buy this Verjus at Spoiled Dog Winery, 5881 Maxwelton Rd, Langley or Lavender Wind Farm, 15 Coveland Street, Coupeville. Or get it online.


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Story of the Shop’s Transformation

Sarah was asked by the Coupeville Lion’s Club to give a talk about our new shop in town. What a fun group to talk to! In preparation for the talk we made a video of the work we’ve done on the place, so we thought you might enjoy watching it.

The video is embedded on this page, but if it isn’t – just CLICK HERE to go to Youtube to watch it.


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Lavender Salt & Pepper

Lavender Salt and Pepper

Our newest products! Finally, after you have asked us for this for a long time, our version of lavender salt and lavender pepper have joined our culinary product line.

The Pepper is a simple blend to help you create amazing dishes. It combines an earthy, hot, fruity/tart, and floral flavor to dishes.  It will work well in many diverse dishes. Limited only by your imagination! Ingredients: Black, Green & White Pepper (Piper nigrum) Pink Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius), Lavender.

 

Our Lavender Salt, which has Sea Salt and Himalayan Pink Salt, is primarily sodium chloride, some believe the trace minerals found in sea salt and himalayan pink salt as well as the reduced processing used to prepare them are desirable. Ingredients: Salt, Lavender

 


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Bliss Bark

MichaeleneStirsWebWe have our very own chocolatier now!! Her name is Michaelene McElroy and she has only BEGUN to create some amazing treats.

In case you aren’t up on the origins of chocolate, Michaelene writes: Theobroma cacao is native to the deep tropical region of South America. Its seeds are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate. The generic name is derived from the Greek for “food of the gods”; from θεος (theos), meaning “god,” βρῶμα (broma), meaning “food.” Joseph Campbell encouraged folks to, “Follow your bliss,” and here at Lavender Wind, we’re making it easy for you to do just that by creating the first in our series of Lavender Wind Bliss Bark.

Lavender Wind Bliss Bark - with Almonds

Thank you, Michaelene!

Today, she made our first Bliss Bark – Lavender Almond. And she made a lot of it. It’s available at the shop for $6.20 for 3.5 oz.


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Lip Balm!

Aurora with Roses

Aurora with Roses

Aurora has led the team to create our newest product…. Bee Sweet to Your Lips, Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm.

In case you don’t know, it takes a lot to create a new product. We first research basic recipes, then we gather information about oils and their effects on the body. Then we develop a mixture that, when it hardens, will provide both smooth roll on and feeling on the lips as well as stay firm when it’s been in a pocket during the day.

I think we’ve nailed it this time.LipBalmVanillaLavWeb

 


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Slideshow

A little slide show of our farm and new shop. Enjoy!


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Grand Opening of Lavender Wind

Inside new shop

In our new Gift shop and Manufacturing/Kitchen facility

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Lavender Wind
15 Coveland St.
PO Box 284
Coupeville, WA 98239

360.544.4132
toll free 877.242.7716

House is ready outside
House is ready outside

Stop by to congratulate owner Sarah Richards and the staff of Lavender Wind on the official Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new retail shop and manufacturing facility located in a 1916 craftsman home in heart of historic Coupeville. After 10 months of renovations inside and out of this cute house, we are finally ready! If you are in the area, join us for refreshments and take a tour of the beautifully renovated home and enjoy the tastes and scents of lavender!

If you are out of the area we will send you hugs and kisses and greet you when you come to visit.


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The road to our new shop

A year ago we were working on the agreement to purchase our new building in Coupeville, and since then a lot has happened. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, we opened for business in our beautiful new shop. There is still more to be finished, but the whole staff is delighted to be working in the new space. We thought you might like to see our retrospective on the project….


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We are MOVING!!

Our new “in town” shop is ready for us to move in. For those who might not know, we have leased a building in Coupeville that will house our gift shop and production activities. Almost all our staff will be there, and the farm will be left with a skeleton staff in the off season. Next summer, the gift shop on the farm will re-open and purple season with rows of blooming lavender will be enjoyed by all, once again.

Meanwhile, back at the shop… Our new home in downtown Coupeville is totally enchanting. The place has a perfect union of new and old that will charm those who visit. Please come to visit as soon as we are ready…. should be by Friday or Saturday this week.

See you at the new shop soon!! (15 Coveland St., Coupeville, WA)


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Building Walls

Working on the Walls

Working on the Walls

The new shop is getting closer to being finished. But, our landscaper is still building the walls, installing the new pavers, gravel, and flower beds. It will be amazing. But, right now the place is really torn up. Andrew’s Landshapers is doing a fabulous job building the walls. We hear of tourists from Britain who stop to take pictures of them working because they didn’t think Americans would build rock walls without concrete. Once again, Whidbey Island shows the talent that is here.

These are significantly large granite rocks. Each one is evaluated for its shape and size for the placement that will be perfect. The backhoe helps with moving the larger rocks into position, but the smaller ones are loaded down to the work area and then they pick through them to find the one that fits. Slowly, rock by rock, the walls come together.

Kitchen Stove

Kitchen Stove

The other part of the project involves moving a fire hydrant to make room for a sidewalk. The present hydrant is an older type that is no longer used, so we have to replace it with a new one. This is a significant task and involves coordinating with several people on the town’s staff, because the system is older and it isn’t clear what is under the ground. This is the problem with doing significant updates of older homes, you don’t know what you’re going to run into – and it always costs more money.

Meanwhile, the inside of the house is getting finished. The kitchen is getting equipped and the painting is nearly done. We’ve applied for licensing for the kitchen, and will be ready to go soon!!


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