For the Love of Lavender...

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a lavender farmer? The owner of Wayward Winds shares in our blog, detailing the ins and outs of owning a lavender farm, with recipes and lavender-related tips along the way!

To share the lavender

I'm so excited! When we first decided to plant lavender it was because we wanted to share it. The idea was basically an "if we plant it - they will come" approach. We imagined a sea of purple a buzz with bees where people would come and experience the beauty for...

Harvesting art

It's time for harvesting art in Yamhill County! Each October artists in Yamhill County, Oregon open their studios for two weekends. The Art Harvest is organized by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and the participating artists. Many different mediums are...

The farmers markets draw to a close

We have been doing farmers markets for 5 years now. Selling our fresh and dried Oregon lavender, lavender crafts and some assortment of garden art and other goodies we put together. We even take some of our friends handcrafts now and then. Our main market is in...

The hazy purple dream

When we planted our first lavender field, we knew we were not the only ones with the hazy purple dream of endless fields of the stuff. At the time we only knew of a handful of others who actually had plants in the ground though. The difference between dreaming about...

The lavender festival

We love that we have several lavender farms concentrated right here around our town of Yamhill, Oregon. Our Yamhill Valley Lavender Festival held the second weekend in July was a huge success because of the hard work and dedication of the lavender community here. Over...

Synergy

There is power in numbers. A group can achieve so much more than one person trying to go it alone. The Yamhill Valley Lavender Growers as a group has already accomplished so much. We have greater purchasing power as a group. We pulled off a fantastic lavender...

The scents and sensations of town

Yesterday we did what we call "going to town". Town being the city of Portland, Oregon. We don't go into "town" all that often so it's always a special event for us, like a day off, a mini vacation of sorts. Yesterday's trip involved the usual errands of picking up...

Sometimes the canyon looms

Occasionally we find ourselves in a rut. Then the rut becomes a trench and the before we know it, it's the grandaddy of all canyons. At least it's a canyon full of lavender which smells good. This time of year is especially hazardous as everything seems to come at...

Lavender at the farmer’s market

 We were in Astoria, Oregon at the Sunday Market last weekend, same as every weekend from Mothers Day until October. Trying to sell our lavender goods to promote our lavender farm, products and store. We have been doing this market for 4 years now and it has become an...

The distillation of lavender

The distillation of lavender for essential oil is in full swing this time of year. The old copper still gets a lot of attention when we run it on the street next to our store in Yamhill, Oregon. The fragrance is amazing and the aroma weaves it's way all through the...