In between markets, back at home Mark and I worked on the second lavender field. We have 6 rows irrigated, 3 rows planted and a new batch of lavender just arrived. I decided on Hidcote Giant for our 3rd variety because it looks like it will do well in our area, has long strong stems, and maintains the blue color. I have to admit that I’m a little worried about the Grosso -- it’s not blooming the way it did last year. And the new Grossos are tiny compared to the new shipment of Hidcote Giant. I just love the smell of the Grosso though...so I’m not ready to give up on that variety just yet.
After a slow start (missing permits and rain) we’ve been to two farmers markets, one in Bishop and one in Mammoth, and have done pretty well. We especially like the Bishop market -- it takes place in the park amongst trees. I actually really enjoyed both markets. I love talking with people and watching people's faces light up as they come over to smell our sachets and bunches. (I think I may have given away as many sachets as I sold.) And I really liked being there with Lauren -- she has a very good natural marketing sense. So far the biggest sellers have been the sachets, with everything else selling about the same. I’m really excited to see how the soap does!
And as for soap...Lauren has settled on the 100% coconut oil soap. It is really nice, not drying and good lather. So hopefully we will get a few batches made soon. I tried the hot process soap in the crock pot and really enjoyed making it, smelly as it was. I think it turned out OK, though not as good as Lauren's soaps.
Hello! My name is Pam Reynolds Baker and I am a mom/wife, English teacher, writer, and lavender farmer who lives in Dundee Oregon .