Lavender weekend is upon us once again, you can feel the energy in the air with all the farms and people getting ready to offer all things lavender to all the lavender lovers visiting this beautiful setting. After all, we are the Lavender Capital of North America! Sequim’s is celebrating it’s 20th year hosting a great party weekend on the peninsula. You can check out all the activities including some great evening concerts on the city’s website.Read More
Lavender Blue dilly, dilly
When you are King, dilly, dilly
I shall be Queen
-old English Lullaby
Spring has sprung and here in Sequim it means daffodils and many other early bloomers. My favorites are the cherry blossoms, they are everywhere and just beautiful. The Japanese celebrate the cherry blossom period as it symbolizes human life, transience and nobleness.
It’s also time for us to set up our booth every Saturday at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market. We will be there with our home made lavender products, we’ll also have flowers andplants, so if you are in the area stop by and say hello.
A wonderful time was had by all at our farm for Sequim Lavender Weekend. The sun was in it’s full blazing glory, the lavender loves the heat, us farmers not so much, but we looooove ice cream and this year we were so happy to offer the yummiest chocolate covered ice cream bars from Whidbey Ice Cream Company, a big hit in the heat.
A few highlights this year were having Jennifer Duncan Taylor, original owner of the farm, showcasing her lovely pottery and demonstrating how she creates her masterpieces also Jeff Becker of Charitable Arts was here with her beautiful art donating to our non profits, Dogs for the Deaf and Central Valley Animal Rescue.
Now that the crazy weekend is over, we’ve been busy harvesting, drying, cleaning and hanging lavender, the weather has been dry and hot so drying time has been quick. The most fun we’ve had though is distilling. We realized that the still we bought last year is too small and takes too long so a friend let us use her still and what a difference, we got so much more done. We already have an order in for a bigger still, and love the results from our distilling this year.
A lot to do still, we’ve been replacing our 15 year old rows of lavender each year and this year 3 more will be replaced. People are still on vacation and visiting the farm, u-pick is pretty much done, but our gift shop is open and the smell of lavender oil is in the air.
We want to thank all our friends, family, vendors, musicians, and customers who helped make the weekend so much fun.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
- Ella Fitzgerald, “Summertime”
In our case the “lavender is high” and early! Anyway, we are gearing up for the 19th year of celebrating lavender in Sequim. Lost Mountain Lavender will host a festival all it’s own this year with free admission and lots of fun.
This year we have 3 non-profit groups, Dogs for the Deaf, New Leash on Life and Central Valley Animal Rescue joining us. Learn about the great things they do to help animals and humans and how you can help too.
Bell Creek Bar and Grill will be serving up yummy BBQ ribs, brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and potato salad along with soft drinks and beer and wine. Try their lavender BBQ sauce for a treat.
Entertainment this year will be by Puf N Stuf, a fun local band of musical characters guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Acoustic improvisational is what their Facebook page says, check them out. They play Friday – Sunday 11:00-2:00.
Musical Duo Bread & Gravy consists of local husband and wife Stephanie (vocals, guitar, banjo ukulele, and harmonica )and Jess Doenges, (piano and other antics) playing blues, bluegrass, classic rock, americana, contemporary & standards. Come sit under the cherry trees and enjoy!
Returning to his home town of Sequim, Kai James Fuller draws his inspiration from his experiences growing up in small-town rural America. The Tin Shed Band’s sound is heavily influenced by outlaw country artists Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard as well as southern rock acts ranging from Credence Clearwater Revival to the Allman Brothers. Kai’s lyrics cover topics that today’s working man can relate to while keeping the tone upbeat and fun.
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• U-pick your own sweet bouquet of lavender
• Learn to make your own lavender wands and lavender baskets
• Live llamas for petting and pictures
• Weaving on table loom, spinning with Bay Llama
• Pottery throwing demonstration with Lost Mountain Pottery
• Kids (and adults) Face Painting
• Learn about how we harvest, dry, de-bud and distill lavender.
• Ever thought of owning a lavender farm? Jace Real Estate will be on hand to answer questions about what is involved.
Learn about honey bee health and welfare from our guardian beekeepers, Sequim Bee Farm
• Lost Mountain Pottery – lavender themed handmade pottery
• Steel Coyote – copper sculptures for the home and garden
• Metal Wood & Fire – fused glass and metal jewelry
• My Wooly Mammoth – handmade paper flower bouquets, crowns, wands
• Chimacum Jewelry – semi-precious stone jewelry
• She-Ra Creations– handcut lapidary, raku and bead woven jewelry
• Charitable Arts – handmade tiles, hand painted fused glass
• ILA’S Foods – handmade jams
So come relax with us July 17 – 19th...
Grab a chair in the orchard, enjoy some great food and music and the scent of lavender in the air, summer is made of days like these.
The sound of the lawn mower outside on this beautiful spring day means we are finally in full swing here at the farm, we’ve been weeding, making soap, products, planting, weeding, getting the store in order and did I mention weeding? It’s endless, really.
After navigating through some joyful and heartbreaking life events these past few months, we’ve come to understand the meaning of “life happens while you’re making other plans”. But love wins, and we are attempting to put some love into the farm, it requires a lot at the moment :) Each year I say that next year I will be more organized, etc. etc. but I have a feeling that will never change. This year we updated our website, planted a new Sample Garden as well as replaced a few rows of Grosso.
The daffodils are saying goodbye, the lilacs are in full bloom (and smell delicious), the peonies aren’t far behind and some lavender buds have made their appearance.
So stay tuned here and I will make updates so our visitors can experience a little bit of lavender farm life on our little farm near the mountains by the sea.
Oh and we are open 10-5 daily now, so come on by and say hi if you are near.
Well friends it’s been quite the adventure this past year and 3 months as Ray and I became new owners of Lost Mountain Lavender farm.
Excuse me for taking so long to post updates but as you can imagine we’ve had a lot to learn. So I’m hoping to get with it and update our website visitors with what’s happening on the farm and pass along some helpful information about lavender.
The only thing we haven’t been able to do yet is propagation, I’m really looking forward to starting new babies from all the wonderful lavender varieties we have here, around 120 different varieties.
The greenhouse is almost up and running but won’t be ready in time for this summer but next summer get ready, we should have plants!
I’ve been busy lining up vendors, entertainment, food and crafts for this years Lavender Farm Fair, July 19-22 , it’s looking like a lot of fun and excitement on the farm this year! We’ve also been making soap, small batches at a time, and starting on our other great products. Take a look at our Facebook page for updated pictures, spring is here, the daffodils tell me so.