Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Show Schedule

Now that the lavender farm helpers and I have established our show schedule for 2013, we are busy making products and keeping our Etsy store stocked. The show schedule this year is a bit different from years past. Although we have enjoyed many good times and met many wonderful farm friends at the local farmers markets, we have decided to suspend our participation for now. This will give us more "much needed" time to focus on products, relationships and the business direction that we would like to see Sunshine Lavender Farm head.

Our new show schedule for 2013 is as follows:

  • April 27th from 9AM-5PM: Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival (TENTATIVE...On the wait list for set-up)
  • June 1st from 9AM-5PM and June 2nd from 10AM-4PM: Lavender Harvest Celebration at the farm
  • June 19th from 10AM-3PM: Lovely Lavender Lavender Day at Pharsalia in Tyro, Virginia.
  • August 24th from 9AM-5PM: Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
  • December 6th from 9AM-5PM: Holiday Celebration on the farm
Yes, this means fewer opportunities to see our loyal patrons...but we promise to make those face-to-face times even more wonderful and lavender-tastic!

Until then, please remember that you can always order our products from our Etsy shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lavender Mojito Recipe

Pinterest strikes AGAIN! I found another lavender drink recipe that I just couldn't resist on Pinterest. It was perfect timing as hubby and I went to the beach this past weekend for a couples ONLY retreat. The original recipe was pinned from I only changed the amount of dried lavender used and the simmer time of that lavender used to make the simple syrup. Since this was a special drink for our entire group and that group included 3 men, I elected to decrease the dried lavender used to 3 Tablespoons. I hoped to impress them, not overwhelm them... 

Lavender Simple Syrup (makes about 6-8 mojitos)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
4 tablespoons dried culinary lavender

Bring everything to a boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then let it all simmer for another 10-15 minutes. The longer it simmers and sits, the more taste and smell you'll get from the lavender. Strain the liquid into a bowl to remove the bits of lavender. Pour into a lidded jar and refrigerate.

Lavender Mojito (makes one drink)
10-12 mint leaves
1 oz lavender simple syrup (see recipe above)
1 oz white rum
1/2 of a lime's juice

Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup together in the bottom of a cup. Add the rum, lime and lots of ice and shake. Pour everything into a lovely glass and top with club soda. Stir again to mix it all together.

This drink was a HUGE hit and quite refreshing! Why not give it a try for a special dinner or party?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Time to Prune Lavender!

If you forgot to prune the lavender around the end of October, did you know that you can do so mid to late February? It's true! It is always nice to have a Plan B, huh?

In a nutshell, your established lavender needs a yearly buzz cut. Annual pruning encourages good foliage growth and results in a full, round, and robust bush with many years of bloom in its future. If you left the lavender stems after they bloomed back in the summer, just clip those away now that they are brown and spent. (Gather them up and toss them in your outdoor fire ring for a fresh's a great fire starter too.) Then, trim off additional foliage, leaving 1 inch all the way around, being sure not to cut too far into the woody stems. Trim away the green foliage to create a nice rounded shrub. Make sure to sweep up the trimmings for a scented mulch that will keep the deer out of your pansies, to freshen pet beds or place in bowls on the top shelf of your pantry to keep the moths out. The possibilities are endless!

If you do not prune, your lavender will sprawl, get heavy on the outside limbs causing the bush to open up. Eventually, the inner trunk will split, moisture will get in there, and the lavender in time will go to the great compost heap in the sky. So, lets GET TO WORK!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NEW Giveaway for February 2013

It's WAY past time for a blog giveaway!! How about a 80 ml bottle filled with our own blend of "Lavender Linen & Air Mist"? 

Bring the fresh scent of lavender to your linens and home with our freshening spray. Like June blooming lavender, the fragrance helps soothe, calm and comfort. Not only for your everyday linens and bedding, this spray is great for the office, on vacuum cleaner bags, air filters and vents, in the car, on pet bedding and a must have to freshen hotel rooms when traveling.

To enter to win, just hop on over to our NEW Etsy shop ( and pick your favorite product listing of ours...leave a comment below letting us know which one you picked, along with your name. We will pick a winner Friday afternoon and post it here on our blog. GOOD LUCK!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 Lavender Harvest Celebration Date

Many farm friends enjoy our June Lavender Harvest Celebration each and every year as a tradition ... bringing loved ones along for a weekend of relaxing fun. We hope that you will join us as well!

See the farm during the lavender blooming season. Take a personalized tour. Visit the Poultry Palace & Kitchen Garden.

Craft with fresh and preserved lavender. Eat locally prepared food such as our famous Chocolate or Vanilla Lavender ice cream.

See artists paint, photograph and create. Find loads of beautiful lavender plants ~ more varieties than you knew even existed! You will also find our line of hand crafted items for body, gifts, home and weddings, some very special one-of-a-kinds, and so very much more!

Saturday, June 1
9 am - 5 pm 

Sunday, June 2
10 am - 4 pm

Hope to see you then!