In order to preserve the harvest, our jams were unveiled in our country kitchen. We realized how fortunate we were to live in the Mid-Willamette Valley that is abundant with fresh produce and berries that are grown locally. It became apparent that a variety of delicious berries and fruit when combined with lavender, created a truly extraordinary one-of-a kind jam.
In the beginning, our relatives and friends agreed to sample our concoctions and devour our mistakes. Slowly, but surely, others began to take an interest in the unique lavender jams.
It was at this point that our daughter convinced us to sell the jams at the Portland Farmer's Market. And, as they say, the rest is history. The market has been a huge success thanks to our many loyal customers. Due to customer requests, we have created many recipes using the lavender products and they are now available in a Sundance Lavender Farm Cookbook.
During the harvest, the fresh lavender is bundled in the field and sold at the farm and at the Farmer's Market. The remainder is cut, bundled and hung in the century-old barn to dry. After drying for a couple of weeks, it is sold for decorative and craft purposes, culinary, essential oil, and wreaths.