I made two batches of lavender jelly. I love how it came out. I especially love the pink color. That is the natural color you get when you steep the lavender. One poster to our Facebook page said it looked like "stained glass" and you know it really does!
As for the flavor, it has light lavender-lemon and sweet floral flavor. The jelly is made with organic culinary grade lavender, lemon juice, pectin and sugar. No other additives.
How can you use lavender jelly? It's wonderful served as a dessert with ice cream, pudding, or cream. It can also be served as an accompaniment to meats, such as lamb or poultry. How about serving it over brie cheese as an appetizer? And of course the old stand by on toast, English muffin, or biscuits.
I am selling these face-to-face (direct) sales $4.00 for the 4 oz and $8.00 for 8 oz (half pint).
How to order:
If you would like some please PM me through our facebook page or the contact page on the website. I can arrange to deliver around Thanksgiving to downriver area, Riverview, Mi. I am willing to drive 10-15 miles for deliveries. The second week of December I will back down in the Metro Detroit area to stay for awhile. So deliveries can be done then too. PM me and we can discuss options.
As with all our food items - jelly/jam, shortbread cookies- we sell through direct consumer sales - either by delivery, pick up, or at Farmer's Markets. We provide these items under Michigan Cottage Food Law - so unfortunately no online selling of food items is allowed. We hope to get a fully licensed kitchen at some point to expand, but for now we are happy to sell directly to our clients.
At the present time we are not at any Farmer's Markets or Craft shows, as I am going back and forth between two locations and busy filling holiday orders. However this may change after the holidays and we will possibly be participating in some markets or crafts shows this spring/summer . I will definitely let you know the locations and post them.
Ordering Online for non-culinary items:
If you would like to purchase something online just click on our Store tab here on the website or go to our Facebook page and click "shop". The items in our Etsy shop are: Sachets - 3 different kinds , goats milk soaps, beeswax candles, culinary lavender tins, and beautiful lavender Christmas ornaments - these are special and on sale 2 for 10.00. I think these make lovely gifts, for example for kids teachers.
Happy Friday everyone! Our Etsy shop is open! We have been wanting to do this for a long time now. Some items have limited quantities. We will be adding additional items and more stock soon. Please enjoy.
Our online shop can be found on Etsy.com. Click the Store Tab on our website and you will be automatically redirected to the store!
I had some smaller plants I received later in the season and they were bit smaller than anticipated so I decided to give a go with overwintering them in house in pots. As I was doing so, I noticed one of my biggest and oldest plants had actually started to rebloom giving me a last little bit of lovely purple against the fall colors and the little bit of snow flurries in the air. Nature sure is resilient and loves to give little pleasures especially when you are not anticipating it.
Besides opening the online store this month, I have another possibility to keep me busy this winter and spring. I have applied to work for a local greenhouse as a section grower. Let you know if and when that progresses. One day I do hope to have my own greenhouse and be self-sufficient in propagating my own lavender, but I still have a lot to learn. My husband and I have spend the better part of last year self-teaching ourselves lavender farming, learning how to make it work in our growing zones, amending (or not) our soil, different varieties of lavender, and also how to make lavender-based products. It's been a fun and interesting learning experience we hope one day will be our full-time business. So now I am interested in learning greenhouses practices. I will post more if that job comes to fruition for me.
Happy November. And remember "the Bird" - no not that bird, the Turkey. It's not Christmas yet. Let's be thankful and remember Thanksgiving and all we have to be thankful for. I will get on my soapbox just a bit her as I really do hate how Thanksgiving is being being obscured by consumerism. It seems as if there is no holiday at all in November if you watch television marketing. We go right from Halloween to a bombardment of Christmas commericals and pressures to buy, buy, buy... Yet we forget Thanksgiving was never meant to be a time spend money and just prepare for Christmas presents, just as Christmas was never meant to be just about buying gifts. Thanksgiving's meaning may have started as one thing, but to me it now means a time to slow down.... enjoy a big meal with family and friends, talk, eat, drink, be merry and most of all be thankful. Even in our roughest of years we can all take just one day to give thanks for all we have. Freedom, our family, a roof over our heads. So many people have far less and some have far more. Thanksgiving is becoming one of my favorite holidays because of its simple meaning and it's something we so often forget to do everyday- be thankful. We can all at times focus on the negative and the things we do not have rather being thankful for what we do. Also, I rally for Thanksgiving simply because our consumer driven culture is trying to push it out and make it just "Black Thursday". Please don't buy into that. Make Thanksgiving a blessing. A time to give thanks, give back even and spend time with people you love...