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Cooking with Lavender

Friday, October 6, at 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Lavender Wind Farm
15 NW Coveland St, Coupeville, Washington 98239

Learn how to use lavender in many ways to make your cooking pop! Lavender can be a tricky herb to use, so come to this class to find out how to use it for hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, salads, drinks, and desserts. Many of these dishes will include vegetables grown on our farm or nearby farms and chicken from 3 Sisters.

This Whidbey Week class will take place in our shop in the Historic Waterfront District of Coupeville. You’ll learn ways to prepare the lavender and how to incorporate it into dishes, and you’ll be tasting as you learn. You will leave with an educated palate and some culinary lavender to start your journey.

Tasting Items:
Lavender Goat Cheese Spread
Lavender Simple Syrup for Drinks
Chicken with Lavender Balsamic Marinade
Fresh Garden Salad with Lavender Dressing
Roasted Lavender & Sage Potatoes
Lavender Chocolate Chip & Sour Cream Cake
Lavender Mulled Hot Cider

Lavender Wind
15 Coveland St.
Coupeville, WA

(360) 544-4132

Friday Oct. 6, 2017, 6:00 pm
Cost is $50 per person, must be prepaid Class size is limited 
to 8 people, so book early.
Cancellations will receive 
shop credit, no refunds


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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 do best – grow lavender and turn it into the great products you have come to love.

Lavender activities are going on everyday during the summer in one form or another. We are open to the public for about 2 1/2 months during which you can watch us harvesting lavender, pick some yourself, learn about stripping the lavender off the stems and cleaning it, watch our distilling process, and simply wander in the fields. 

Our community has an awesome Arts and Crafts Festival the 2nd weekend in August that has way more artists to choose from. There are also several Art Tours all year at various times so art is easy to find on Whidbey Island.

Tell me about the concert series!

On five Saturdays there will be a band or single musician who will regale you with songs, music, and stories from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. See the Blooming Season Schedule for who is playing this summer. 

During concert Saturday we will still be working on harvesting, processing and distilling lavender. There will be U-Pick available, for you to harvest your own lavender.

There will be sandwiches available (from The Cove Café), as well as our signature cookies, scones, lavender lemonade, and ice cream. You can bring your own picnic, but please, the Liquor Control Board insists that no alcohol be brought on the premises.

Sandwiches will be limited so they will be first come, first serve.

    • Italian Submarine Sandwich – Genoa salami, ham, provolone cheese, house-made tapenade, lettuce, and tomato on a soft, chewy Ciabatta roll

 

Concert Dates and Performers for 2017

  • July 8 – Choro Tomorrow: A group of musicians who play brazilian music — focusing on the beautiful and complex music that is choro.

 

  • Here is a video with clips from Choro Tomorrow’s concert.

 

  • July 15 – Trio Nouveau: The lyrical conversation between the Trio Nouveau guitarists and their instruments is creative and amazing.
  • July 22 – Wild Man Cooley (They don’t have a website yet!  Wild Man Cooley plays a mix of Western Swing from the 1920’s-40’s, mixed with some jazz standards and very early rock tunes. Their upbeat song list is very danceable for all ages – in a style the band has dubbed Northwest Rural Swing. Wild Man Cooley features John Koschnick on Guitar, Peter Keating on banjo, drums, and vocals (simultaneously!), Fran Einterz on string bass, David Howell, vocals and harmonica, Peggy Moe, vocals and accordion, and Rick Castellano, vocals, ukulele, and cornet.
  • July 29 – Skinny Tie Jazz: ​Plays Jazz Standards And Not So Standards!
  • August 5 – Triptych: an instrumental group will perform familiar favorites from the big band era of the 30’s-50’s.

 


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Lavender Wind FESTIVAL – 2016

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Sat. & Sun. July 30 & 31, 2016

Join us for our annual celebration of lavender and art at Lavender Wind Farm, located on Whidbey Island.  Stroll the gorgeous grounds and lavender labyrinth, browse the various booths showcasing local artisans, wander through the fragrant fields of lavender, and sit in the wine garden and enjoy live music.  Wine Garden benefits the Pacific NW Art School.  There will be activities for children and demonstrations of lavender distilling and crafting.  Free admission and on-site parking.  Two fun-filled days for the whole family!

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Artist Booths: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Children’s Activity: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Lavender Demonstrations: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wine/Beer Tent: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Music: 12:00pm to 4:30 pm

This page will be updated anytime we have new information, so keep checking back.

ARTISTS! LWF Artist application 2016

Food

Food will be provided by Milepost 19’s new venture. If you are a local you are well aware of their bagels. For the festival they are going all out to create delicious and healthy food for you to enjoy at the festival. As usual, our cookies, scones, and lavender lemonade will also be available.

Music

Saturday

10:30 – 11:00 – Shifty Sailors
11:30 – 12:30 – Jim Castaneda
1:00 – 2:00 – Just In Time Jazz Duo
2:30 – 3:30 Budapest West
4:00 – 5:00 Budapest West

Sunday

11:30 – 12:30 – DB Jazz
1:00 – 2:00 – Choro Tomorrow
2:30 – 3:30  Skinny Tie Jazz
4:00 – 5:00 Choro Tomorrow

Wine & Beer Garden

This festival started years ago as an Art Festival to celebrate the amazing artists in the community as well as the art of nature. So, over the years we have supported various non-profits with Wine & Beer sales. For the last three years we have teamed with the Pacific Northwest Art School (right here in Coupeville). The sales in the garden will go to the school to support their art classes and activities.

The garden is right in front of the stage where the musicians will be playing.

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Lavender Wind Festival – 2015

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Join us for our annual celebration of lavender and art at Lavender Wind Farm, located on Whidbey Island.  Stroll the gorgeous grounds and lavender labyrinth, browse the various booths showcasing local artisans, wander through the fragrant fields of lavender, and sit in the wine garden and enjoy live music.  Wine Garden benefits the Pacific NW Art School.  There will be activities for children and demonstrations of lavender distilling and crafting.  Free admission and on-site parking.  Two fun-filled days for the whole family!

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Artist Booths: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Children’s Activity: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Lavender Demonstrations: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wine/Beer Tent: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Music: 12:00pm to 4:30 pm

This page will be updated anytime we have new information, so keep checking back.

Hot Rock Pizza

Food

We are delighted to announce that Hot Rock Pizza will have their awesome pizzas at the festival. Between their wide variety of pizzas and our cookies, scones, and lavender lemonade you will be happy.

Music

Saturday

Sunday

Wine & Beer Garden

This festival started years ago as an Art Festival to celebrate the amazing artists in the community as well as the art of nature. So, over the years we have supported various non-profits with Wine & Beer sales. This year we are teaming with the Pacific Northwest Art School (right here in Coupeville). The sales in the garden will go to the school to support their art classes and activities.

The garden is right in front of the stage where the musicians will be playing.


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Lavender Wind Festival – 2014

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Our 11th annual Lavender Festival is bringing back wine and music for your enjoyment. Relax walking the lavender fields, then sit back and sip some local wines and listen to music. Want to learn how to make a lavender wreath or a lavender wand? This year we have booths with lavender craft activities, a children’s activity booth, and a wide variety of art booths by fabulous local artists. Oh, and did we mention food? You will find an amazing array of tasty treats for any palate. 

You don’t need tickets to come. Free Parking, if you are nice to the parking attendants!

Music Schedule

July 26

12:00 pm Siri Bardarson

3:00 pm  Shifty Sailors (Time delayed 1/2 hour)

July 27

12:00 pm  The Muse and Eye

2:30 pm   Skinny Tie Jazz

Artists

  • Mary Alice Sterling – Handmade & shaped baskets
  • Penny Allison Rees – Original Watercolor paintings
  • Mike & Marilyn Dessert – Red Cedar tote boxes,specialty dispensers & paper Quilling art
  • Cheri Bricker – Wire art creations for growing & protecting plants
  • Lyla Lillis – Artistic utilitarian pottery made with Whidbey Island Clay
  • Janis Swalwell – Handblown & sculpted art glass for your garden
  • Susan Large – Native American jewelry inspired by nature
  • Lucy Johnson – Modern style encaustic, mixed media & watercolor art
  • Jay Crowdus & Stuart Nelson – Metal animal & bird ornaments & garden design accents
  • Barbara Marks – Original paintings, ceramics & wood carvings
  • Peter Durand – Original Linoleum prints
  • Joel Griffith – Iron & wood furniture, wood bowls, sculpture & bird baths.

Lavender Crafts

  • Wreath Making
  • Lavender Wand Making
  • Distilling Demonstration
  • Children’s Activity Booth

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Cooking Class – May 1 2014

Learn to cook with lavender and some techniques to make some basics much better!

with Alena Stapel and Sarah Richards 

Thursday,  May 1st –  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn to cook with lavender as well as learn cooking techniques that will improve your cooking ability and confidence.

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You will learn how to properly cook a steak, make a rub, and a salsa to accompany it. Then you will learn how to make lavender chocolate chip cookies and how to adjust the recipe so you get the kind of cookie you really want. Learn amazing tips that will take your cooking to a new level.

Instructors:  Sarah Richards, owner of Lavender Wind, loves cooking with lavender and creating new dishes. She teaches many classes related to using lavender.

Alena Stapel is a Whidbey Island native with a strong passion for work in the restaurant and catering industry. She received an Associates of Applied science degree in Culinary Arts from Bellingham Technical College and has received numerous awards in competitions through the Washington Restaurant Association. She currently works at Front Street Grill in Coupeville and the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor as the Event Coordinator and lead catering staff respectively.

The cost of the class is  $30 and is limited to 10 people.

You can register by calling 360-544-4132.


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Artists invited to apply

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Ninth Annual Lavender Wind Festival – 2014

  • Event: Lavender Wind Festival
  • Location of Festival:  2530 Darst Rd. Coupeville
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 284, Coupeville, WA 98239
  • email: info@lavenderwind.com
  • July 26 & July 27, 2014
  • 10:00 am – 5:00pm

Whidbey Island Artists are invited to apply to exhibit at the annual Lavender Wind Festival

Visitors will enjoy a beautiful weekend of Lavender in bloom, art, wine and music!

Application: Festival Artist Application (pdf) Festival Artist Application (word)

Please submit 3 images of your Artwork and an Artist statement by sending an email with the images attached to info@lavenderwind.com by May 15th, 2014. Any aspect of lavender in one or more pieces of your art will be a plus when juried.

UPDATE: We are still accepting applications. We have our first artists set, but there are a few more spaces.

All submissions will be juried and artists notified by May 31st.

Lavender Wind Festival Poster 2014 for Artists to use.


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Doing things Backwards

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Backwards Day is on January 31. Time to celebrate the potential in doing things in reverse (with lavender, of course).

When I was in Aix-en-Provence studying during my junior year in college I took many classes in French history,language, art history, and more. I wanted to be out roaming the streets and countryside (back then lavender wasn’t a twinkle in my eye). I was focused on finding young people to go with me to “Les Boites” and dance all night. Also, all those Patisseries were calling my name. So, as you can imagine, the lectures in the classes would seem rather dull. Being a good art student, though, I came up with a great solution. I’d practice being like Leonardo da Vinci and write in mirror writing. I took many notes in that way which ended up costing me. Studying, using those notes, was challenging and my grades suffered a bit.

Why would you want to do anything backwards like do mirror writing? Someone was wondering what purpose Leonardo da Vinci had in doing his mirror writing. He thinks it might be for the very process of forcing himself to slow down. In addition to slowing down, it gives those of us with over-active minds something to do while we are supposed to be listening to someone talking.

Then, almost as if it was a family tradition, my son adopted a part of mirror writing in the logo of his work. It is particularly cool if you knew that he is a physicist and was working in theoretical particle physics where they analyze the results of atoms speeding through a huge ring and crashing into each other. That would tend to send some of them backwards.

But, all those esoteric backwards events miss the basic need every kid has in doing things the wrong way around. And that is:

Eating Dessert FIRST!!

Lavender foods are some of the best way to do that. We have lavender chocolates, lavender cookies, lavender candied pecans, lavender jams… the list goes on and on. We also have lavender baking extract and culinary lavender so you can create your own dessert first goodies. Click here for a great recipe of Lavender Brownies so you can get started celebrating doing things backwards with lavender.

Finally, a quote from my favorite Art History teacher when she was taking us around to amazing cathedrals and other places in France.

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by Sarah Richards


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First Anniversary

Can You Believe it?

We’ve been in our Coupeville Shop for ONE YEAR!!

Opening in the Fall of 2012

Opening in the Fall of 2012

It’s been quite an odyssey. First we remodeled the inside and the landscape of this charming 1916 Bungalow in the Historic Waterfront District of Coupeville. Then we moved in and started cooking. Literally! Our beautiful kitchen has churned out our products such as our lotions and soaps. We also have developed a great line of food products which we are constantly expanding. All that and running the farm, too. We’ve had a busy year!

Harvesting Grosso 2013

Some were working on the Farm and others were at the shop in town during the summer.

Our staff enjoys greeting all visitors to the shop. It’s great fun to visit with old friends as well as new ones. You, our community and our customers, make our days go by quickly by bringing joy to us all.

To thank you for our great first year. We are having an all day party with:

  • Refreshments
  • Door Prizes (chance to win a $25 gift certificate) Four different drawings will be held.  You do not need to be present to win.

Come to our first anniversary celebration

Saturday, November 23, 2013
10 am to 6 pm

Inside Shop Fall 2013

And now the shop is packed with goodies.

15 Coveland Street, Coupeville
360-544-4132


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Boat Naming Contest at the Art of the Boat Festival

Lillie Mistral

Lillie Mistral

We had Sarah’s 13’ Sailboat set up on the driveway of Lavender Wind’s shop during the Art of the Boat Festival.

It’s a darling little boat manufactured by Micro Marine (a company that was based in Massachusetts, we have no idea how it got out here). We set up a sign challenging people to try to name the boat and if we picked one, we’d award that person a $20 gift certificate. Then we put out a quart canning jar and waited.

We got a lot of entries, it was hard to decide! Thank you to all who used their brains to help us figure this out. There are two winners because we took one word from each of two entries, and took some poetic license with the spelling of one. Most people would chose a different name, but each of the words chosen has meaning to Sarah and represents a part of her life.

That cute little sailboat is now named  “Lillie Mistral”

The winners are: Betsy Brace & Leslie Claesson

They have been sent a Gift Certificate via their email address that they had on the form.

For your enjoyment the entries were:

  • A Frayed Knot
  • Naughtayot
  • Nautical Smiles
  • Penn Cove’s Water Lily
  • Mistral
  • Wind Dancer
  • My Boat
  • It’s All About Me
  • Wind Runner
  • Wind Child
  • Lil Veg
  • Jen-nay
  • Lavender a Sea
  • Purple Love
  • Jiblet
  • The Lavender Lady
  • Itty Bitty
  • Wallow
  • Cove Dancer
  • Gull Chaser
  • Adept
  • Fore Sail
  • Baby Blue
  • Star Dancer

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