The first is that my daughter Lauren has joined me in this project. Lauren is a talented artist and cook -- she has already designed several beautiful logos for our little farm -- so beautiful in fact that I can't decide which to use! And her culinary interests and talents have emerged in her desire to learn how to make soaps (what is soap-making after all but a different kind of cooking?). I will start harvesting and making sachets, bouquets, wreaths, and therapeutic neck pillows. And Mark is researching the distilling process so that we can extract lavender oil as well! We have already secured a spot at the Mammoth Lakes Farmers Market this summer and hope to get into a small market in the San Diego area as well. It has been so much fun researching, planning and dreaming with Lauren.
The second bit of news is that we are doubling our lavender fields. We’ve started laying out our second field but haven’t yet decided what kind to grow. I’m leaning toward Grosso just because I love its smell -- but the Sweet stays blooming year round so that’s really nice. I wonder if, in this climate, we could keep the Grosso blooming all year. Or maybe we should switch it up and plant Royal Velvet or Provence? We hope to have the field in within the next few weeks to get the little plants established before the summer heat hits. I will post before and after photos once the field is in.
Finally, it's June 1 and the Grosso plants are starting to get their first little shoots