After an amazing Fun in the Field Lavender Festival, we decided to take a break...from blogging, that is. We have been incredibly busy since that great day back in early June. Let's catch up on what has been going on.
First, we must tell you about our gift shop! If you came to the Festival, you no doubt saw that our gift shop was not quite finished. We are pleased to say that it is now (mostly) done! Check it out:
We hope you think it's as beautiful as we think it looks. We're still working on some of the finishing touches, like a more permanent checkout counter and necessary storage needs. Come visit us next time you're in town.
After the Festival was over, we also got to enjoy the great work of some magnificent photographers who came to the farm to take pictures of loved ones amongst the lavender. We enjoyed seeing their joy in our fields. We also began harvesting this spring's lavender harvest. We still have plenty of dried lavender bundles for sale at our booth at local markets.
Speaking of harvested lavender, we have also been distilling our own essential oils from this batch of lavender. We had a small, stovetop still that did the trick in our first tiny harvest last fall. But, with a harvest this great, we needed something a bit bigger:
You can purchase the our steam-distilled oil in The Store and at our Farmer's Market booths. Be sure to check it out!
Our time at the local markets has truly been unbelievable. It still amazes us how much you support our farm. The conversations we get to have with each of you are truly cherished by our family.
We are looking forward to some upcoming events at the Farm. Stayed tuned to our Facebook page and website for more information. We are looking forward to being at the Cassville Chamber Chili Cook Off and Car Show in October and the Minneapolis, MN Craft Fair in November as well as our weekly market booths in NW Arkansas.
Finally, if you don't know it yet, the Lavender Growers community is one which deeply supports each other. During a family trip to Rhode Island and Connecticut in mid-July for our niece's wedding, we had the opportunity to stop by Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth, CT. We loved walking through their beautiful gardens and sitting by their pond. It was a spectacular (though incredibly hot) day and the staff were out and about caring for all of the plants. You can check out their farm here: Lavender Pond Farm.
We hope you stop by and see us again soon. We love hearing your stories of how our products are used in your lives to help calm nerves, anxieties, and generally make your life better. After all, that's why we do this.
Before you go, please stop by our online store. More products will be coming online soon and our more temperature sensitive products will be back in our lineup (including our most popular and beloved item - Lavender Body Butter!!). Also, check out some of our new products available at our market booth and our now all-natural simple syrup, now with no artificial coloring.
We cannot believe this weekend is our Lavender Festival!! We hope you are excited as we are!
If you have been paying attention to our Facebook page, you may have seen that we do indeed have Lavender! After the excessive rain we have been receiving, it was almost anyone's guess how the plants were going to react. However, the plants are huge and green and do indeed have lavender buds growing on them. We can't wait for you to come see them on Saturday.
We are working hard on getting our new Gift Shop ready to go for the Festival as well. Come be the first guests in our awesome Shop! We are also making tons of product for the Festival. We will have all of our products available to purchase on the Farm as well as opportunities to learn a bit about how they are made.
Speaking of our products, did you know we have some new products for the summer? Over the past few weeks, we have introduced an all natural Insect Repellant and a Lavender Simple Syrup. Both of these will also be available this weekend!
Finally, we want to take a few seconds to answer some frequently asked questions regarding our Festival:
Is there handicapped parking?
Unfortunately, we are not up to all ADA specifications. However, our land is very flat and there will be parking available.
Are pets allowed?
Because of the expected crowds, we are asking that you leave your pets at home this weekend. We have a lot of land which is great for puppies to run around, but this weekend is just going to be too crazy to add any extra creatures!
Will there be lavender for sale?
Yes! We will have opportunities for a u-pick. You can pick your own bundles of lavender for $10/bundle.
Will there be food?
Yes! We are excited to have a taco food truck from Neosho, MO providing food throughout the day.
Do I need to bring anything?
Feel free to bring chairs or blankets to hang out in the fields while you listen to our incredibly musical guests and you are more than welcome to bring a snack and water bottle. We also recommend an umbrella or poncho (just in case), sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bag to carry all of your Festival goods. This is an outdoor event and you will be in a field on an active farm. Please prepare for all possibilities of effects from Mother Nature.
Admissions will open at 9am! Entrance fee is $5 per person, children under 5 years old are free. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We cannot wait to see you all this weekend!!
Have a wonderful week and take some time to care of yourself!
PS: Enjoy this incredible picture of a storm over the farm from earlier this week!
It has been a crazy Spring on the Farm. Mother Nature seems to be unaware that our lavender plants do not need the ground to be this wet. We did a quick check with the National Weather Service and they show us receiving 15-20 inches of rain over the past three months! Check out the map below. The blue dot marks the farm:
For some context: a lavender plant requires only 9-12 inches of rain per year. This is why we worked hard to alter our soil and make sure we were prepared for the Spring rains we get every year. On top of the rain we also had several tornados touch down around Washburn during the last week of April. Thankfully, our Farm was not hit at all. We are, of course, keeping our thoughts and prayers with some of our neighbors who were not so lucky. This was our Farm Dog's, Coleman's, first time in our tornado shelter. He did a great job getting in and out of the shelter; nothing like an actual emergency to get him down there for the first time.
Now that the sun has finally come out and the warm winds have picked up, the ground is finally drying and our plants are spiking! We are so excited to start seeing our lavender buds which will come out just in time for our Festival!
Speaking of the Festival, we are so excited for our First Annual Fun in the Field Lavender Festival. It has been so great to see so many of you at festivals and markets who are getting excited to come to the farm. Make sure you check out the Facebook event post to follow some of the vendors who will be there. We are busy making lots of products for you to check out when you get here. It's going to be a great day and we can't wait to see you all on the Farm.
Lastly, it wouldn't be an official Simplicity Lavender Farm blog post without a mention of the wild animal kingdom we live in. We always hear animals on the Farm - cows, coyotes, birds, dogs, horses, even donkeys. But, we've never had this happen before:
Yes, those are bird eggs on our truck. Starlings were trying to make nests in the truck and we certainly didn't want that. So, we put a cloth over the hole they were going in to try to block them. Apparently the starlings saw it as a hassle-free nest and decided to lay their eggs. Rick has had to relocate several nests out of the truck and into nearby trees. We're hoping those momma birds found their eggs! It's always an adventure on the Farm.
Thanks for taking the time to read. We are excited to start sharing more and more with you all. We are anticipating sharing a new post every other Monday, so stay tuned to our website and our social media pages for new updates. Of course, we'll continue to share regular updates on our social media feeds.
Have a wonderful week and take some time to care of yourself!