See us at the Portland Farmers Market

See us at the Portland Farmers Market on the Portland State University campus Saturdays in July and August. The Portland Farmers Market is open from 8:30-2:00.

Products include our lavender infused jams, culinary lavender, and lavender essential oil.

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We are currently while we do maintenance and renovations at the farm.

We expect to be resuming business on September 25th.

All orders and email inquiries will not be processed until after that date.
We thank you for your patience.

All About Lavender

Planting and Maintenance

Every year we remove a number of plants because they are old and not producing much lavender.  Sometimes, it has been such a rainy season that the plant roots are drowning and the plant begins to rot and form a hole in the center of the plant.  Once this happens, it’s not worth keeping  because it will never return to glory.

Planting begins in May when we can get outside and the soil isn’t too soggy.  Lavender likes sandy soil with good drainage,  We have red clay on our land, therefore, it is important to plant on a slope if possible and for us, that’s on the west side of the barn.  It’s not necessary to fertilize lavender and that makes it easy to care for.  No pesticides are used because it is a natural repellent and it is deer resistant. 

Drip irrigation is what is used in the fields and for established plants there is no need to water too much unless the weather is particularly dry and hot for a long period of time.  On the other hand, new plants need plenty of water to get established and continue growing.

The Harvest

The lavender is ready for harvest when the flowers begin to open under the warmth of the sun.  If the sun has been out for several days in a row and the oil begins to run within the plant and the flower  buds begin to open to show its color, then it’s ready to harvest. We use a serrated, curved knife for cutting the stems that are then bundled and tied with a rubber band to hang in the barn on wire.  Fans are placed throughout for air circulation in order to prevent mildew.

Varieties

At our farm we grow the Lavendula Intermediate-Lavandins.  The Intermediates are a hybrid of Angustifolia and Spike lavender varieties such as, Grosso, Provence, and Giant Hidcote. The hybrid vigor of these plants makes them hardy for the Northwest and is generally sterile.  Lavandins, typically have larger leaves, longer stems and larger flower heads that are pointed at the top instead of barrel shaped.

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