Lavender Focaccia

Lavender Focaccia Lavender focaccia bread is great served as an hors d’oeuvres.  If you are looking for a fun addition to your holiday meal, this is it.  It can be served plain and dipped into olive oil or if you have made a chicken or a turkey, it turns that bird into an incredible sandwich! Besides incredible… Read more »

You Made It!

You Made It! Hey! You made it to our new location! Now just sign up… the follow link is to the right. You see it there! Follow me (Boey, as in bovine, because I look a little like a cow) and all that we do here at Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields. You can also sign up… Read more »

Spring and Drought

Spring and Drought The days are stunningly beautiful, and the meadow and forest verdant green, even in this fourth year of severe drought. The news is hard: California has a year of water storage left. What then? The drought is like a zen teacher, whacking us into consciousness: water is precious. Do not waste it… Read more »

Replanting Biodynamic Lavender

Replanting Biodynamic Lavender There must be a eulogy for the old lavender and a blessing for the new, as there must be a prayer for the bare earth in its liminal, in between state. This week we pulled the last of Lot Sophia lavender, 420 plants, just as the new replacements arrived from Cottage Gardens… Read more »

Baked Chicken or Turkey

Baked Chicken or Turkey An easy way to bring the taste of Provence into your kitchen is to stuff a chicken or turkey with our cooking stems. Soak the stems for at least 30 minutes in water. Meanwhile, wash the bird and then rub salt and olive oil into the skin and body cavity. Put… Read more »

Savory Roast with Lavender

Savory Roast with Lavender Meat is wonderful seasoned with lavender. One of my favorite ways to cook a pork roast is to insert garlic cloves into the roast (and this works with beef as well) and then roll the roast in a mixture of flour, salt, pepper, and a handful of loose lavender flowers. Go… Read more »

Lavender Shortbread

Lavender Shortbread Lavender shortbread is the essence of the English, and is great served with tea. Preheat oven to 325º. Beat together 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, and 1 cup unsalted butter, but do not over beat. Shortbread takes a light hand! Sift 3 cups of flour with 2 teaspoons lavender buds, pressing… Read more »

Lavender Limeade

Lavender Limeade This recipe initiates you into cooking with lavender! I love to watch people’s expressions as they cautiously take the first sip— and then look at me in amazement! Next thing you know, they are telling me: this is a product! Why don’t you bottle it? It is easy to make, and delightful to… Read more »

Lavender Cannellini Bean Salad

Lavender Cannellini Bean Salad A surprising salad for picnics or a light lunch. Marinate together for at least 30 minutes: 1 large onion, chopped, 2 small sage leaves, chopped, 3 small cloves garlic, crushed, 1-2 teaspoons dried lavender, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, six tablespoons virgin olive oil, two tablespoons balsamic vinegar, juice of one lime,… Read more »

Three Weeks Away And…

Three Weeks Away And… Upon returning― The grass has grown gone to seed, yellowing. Grapes coming into bloom Radishes hot and pitted The season turned. Gaviota sickened by mysterious causes (now well. We are home) The dialogue continues: weeding, mowing, walking goats.