Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Views of the Lavender Farm Before the Bloom


Views of the Lavender Farm Before the Bloom

View of Pelindaba Lavender FarmWhen most of us think of a lavender farm we think of rows upon rows of purple flowers gently swaying in the breeze while honey bees buzz about from blossom to blossom. This is exactly what Pelindaba Lavender Farm looks like in July and August when the 25,000 plants we cultivate are resplendent in millions of purple flowers. Just before the fields blossom, however, there is a moment of beauty that is often overlooked in anticipation of the annual blooming and subsequent harvest.

View of Pelindaba Lavender FarmThat moment is now. The fields are bright, emerald green with new growth. The surrounding pathways, lawns and neighboring fields are the same shade of vital green. Even the trees and hedgerows along Wold Road and Hawthorne Lane are vibrant green. The old wisteria vine that embraces the porch of our Gatehouse Farm Store (also an old farmhouse original to Friday Harbor and moved out to the Farm many years ago) provides even more green and a taste of the purple to come with its own purple blossoms.

You'll also notice a couple plants at the foot of the porch steps that are in bloom. This species (Pedunculata) is the longest blooming species we have at the Farm. It often begins blooming in March and will continue through November with proper deadheading.

It's a truly beautiful and fleeting sight to see the Farm turned out in all green. If you are visiting San Juan Island in Spring and early Summer we would recommend a visit. If you are unable to visit the Farm in person, you can always watch the fields turn from green to purple via our live Farm Web Cam!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pelindaba Lavender Featured in 48º North


Pelindaba Lavender Featured in 48º North - The Sailing Magazine


Pelindaba Lavender Featured in 48º North - The Sailing MagazineIf you like to eat well while under sail check this out! 48º North - The Sailing Magazine's June Galley Essentials column features the farm and lavender as the latest thing in on-board dining.

Long-time sailor and Galley Essentials' culinary expert Amanda Swan Neal surveys the farm and our vertically integrated operations from field to product, as well as provides a clear and succinct history of lavender and its diverse uses. To read the article in full and try our fabulous Summer recipes... Bon Appetit and Bon Voyage!

For those making port in Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor, be sure to stop by and see us at our Farm or shop in downtown Friday Harbor. Both locations are easily accessible by island shuttle, taxis or vehicle rentals. The best time to visit to see the fields in full bloom is mid-June through the mid-September.