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Mason Bee Condos!

March 24, 2015 by purplehazelavender

The other day I was finally able to place my mason bee condos outside for the first time. This is the first year I haven’t made my own mason bee homes and instead bought a commercially produced one from a local store.

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Mason Bee Condos

In the past I’ve simply drilled holes in a block of wood and hung it on the south facing side of our house. This year though, we found some really neat bee homes that will be easy to clean and reusable from year to year.
With the decline of regular honey bees over the past several years, I began looking for alternative pollinators for our fruit trees here at Purple Haze. Typically, our trees blossom long before the honey bees are active so our pollination rate was very low. Mason bees, however, emerge from their cocoons in early spring and literally “throw” themselves into pollinating all available flowers and blossoms. While a honeybee will methodically place pollen on it’s legs for transport, the mason bee simply dives in, coating it’s entire underside with a healthy coating of pollen…this is why they are such prolific pollinators as they go from blossom to blossom, leaving a bit and taking a bit.
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Red Mason Bee

While having these little bees around early is nice, they are also a gentle, solitary creature. It’s almost impossible to goad them into stinging and it’s a cool pastime to see them laying their eggs in your provided housing. These newly laid eggs will then provide one with future generations of mason bees in the years to come. The term “mason” is derived from the fact that after laying and egg and depositing some pollen for food, the female bee will then seal off the “birth” chamber with a wall of mud. She will then go out, gather more pollen, lay another egg with  pollen food included, and seal it off with more mud. This will go on for around 4-5 weeks when sadly, the bee will die. She will, hopefully, have left future generations of bees sealed up until the next spring when the entire process starts over again.

Mason bees are fun for the whole family. They’re harmless, hard working, can be observed up closely and will provide you with a bountiful fruit harvest year after year. For more information on raising mason bees try visiting www.crownbees.com …and have fun!

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Mason Bee Condos at Farmhouse

If you make it to Purple Haze Lavender Farm, feel free to visit our mason bee condominiums that are attached to the south side of the Farmhouse Vacation rental.

What to do while visiting Purple Haze…..as recommended by owner Mike Reichner! Destination #1

January 23, 2015 by purplehazelavender

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Owners Mike & Roz

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Purple Haze Farmhouse

We thought it would be fun to share with you some of our favorite places and things to do while visiting us at Purple Haze in Sequim.  A personal recommendation is always best and having served for over 20 years as a Washington State Park Ranger, our owner, Mike Reichner, lives and breathes for the outdoors.  So we decided he was the perfect person for the task at hand!  Over the next few weeks Mike will be sharing with you some of his “must see” locations! This way whether you are just visiting the farm for the day or coming to stay with us at the Purple Haze Farmhouse you will have some fun ideas and places to visit as you discover our beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

 

 

 

Olympic Mountains

Olympic National Park

Mike’s 1st pick-Olympic National Park.
The park is huge so don’t plan on seeing/experiencing it all in one
day. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center is just down the road in
Port Angeles and is a great place to start. They have some video
programs, lots of exhibits and a “Discovery Room” for kids. They hours
are seasonal so be sure and call first. (360) 565 3130. 3002 Angeles
Road, Port Angeles.

The Visitor Center is a great stopping off spot if you are exploring
Hurricane Ridge as it’s right on the way up, up, up to a fabulous
alpine setting at the top. Skiing, hiking and snowshoeing are offered
or you can just sip a steaming cup of hot chocolate and take in the
splendor from the lobby of the lodge. This is just flat out one of the

ferns

Fiddlehead ferns at Olympic National Park

most beautiful views in the world. I’ll never forget cross country
skiing with my kids up there out Obstruction Point. Ranger guided
snowshoe  walks are also available. 360 565 3130 . www.nps.gov/olym

If you’re the type that isn’t into “nosebleed” heights maybe Sol Duc
Hot Springs is more to your liking. To get there simply follow Highway
101 west of Port Angeles, past  gorgeous Lake Crescent for around 20
miles and look for the turnoff. The drive to the Hot Springs is an
event in itself as you enter the famous rainforest. There are multiple
hikes to choose from once you get to this destination but for you
slackers you can always just hang out in one of the several mineral
baths available. Always call ahead. 360 327 3583

Three Days In Sunny Sequim

January 12, 2015 by purplehazelavender

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Purple Haze Lavender Farm

Need a quick getaway?  We love this article about Three Days in Sunny Sequim! Sometimes you just need a little break from the day to day grind, but all you have is a few days and what to do?  We might be a little prejudice, but we couldn’t agree more with the author of this great article on where you should go and what you should do!   She captured all the things that those of us who live here are blessed enough to have access to everyday.  If you love good food and beautiful scenery than this is a wonderful getaway…the only thing we would add is that if you need a place to stay be sure and check out our Purple Haze Farmhouse vacation rental located right on the farm itself….you can enjoy the beauty of a working lavender farm-but you don’t have to pull a single weed!

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Geoff Castle during Lavender Weekend Festivities!

 

And if you enjoy a good party there is always “Purple Haze Daze” which takes place during Lavender Weekend,  at the farm, the third weekend in July-come spend 3 days of lavender heaven with amazing food and beverages from Blondies Plate and the best music lineup in town!  There is always a chair waiting for you at Purple Haze……..we invite you to come enjoy Three Days in Sunny Sequim!

Chair in Lavender

Purple Haze Chair

Lavender Weekend is coming!! Purchase your Farm Tour tickets early and save!

June 18, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Purple Haze is excited once again to be part of Sequim’s Lavender Weekend (July 18, 19 & 20, 2014) which includes the 18th Annual Farm Tour and Fair.  Now is the perfect time to purchase your tickets because you will save up to 40%!   We have a great line up of live music on our stage, gourmet food provided by our local restaurant Blondies and of course our famous Lavender Margaritas!  Hope to see you at the farm!

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New line of Lavender Gift Wrap comes to Purple Haze from Nashville Wraps!

February 28, 2014 by purplehazelavender

 

Nashville Wraps

 

Check out this great blog post that Nashville Wraps did about Purple Haze!  You will find this beautiful new line featured in our Downtown Sequim Gift Shop Window this month!  It just makes you think Spring!!!!

 

 

NEW Eat and Explore Washington Cookbook just released-featuring recipes from Purple Haze!!!

February 7, 2014 by purplehazelavender

The NEW Eat and Explore Washington Cookbook has just been released and it is awesome!

Not only is it filled with wonderful and tempting recipes from all over the state (home to the World Champion Seahawks-yes the 12th man is very proud and loud at Purple Haze! Go Hawks!!) but it also has information about each of the places the featured recipes are from.

Makes a great gift for any cookbook collector and would actually be a fun way to help plan your summer vacation here in Washington State!

 

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You may pick up a copy in our online store!

Great postcard!!! Not a photo often taken at Purple Haze!

January 30, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Check out this great postcard that Bills Plumbing sent out to all of their customers! For those of you who have joined us for Lavender Weekend

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at Purple Haze you know exactly where this was taken!  And just how important it is to have them!

Lavender Valentine Gift Set

January 21, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Valentines Day is just around the corner and what could be more perfect than the soothing gift of lavender….we have put together a special gift set, but you are also always welcome to make up your own gift box and we will package it up and deliver it to the one you love!

Purple Haze Christmas Gifts!

December 19, 2013 by purplehazelavender

114Check out our nice selection of gift boxes and “scentsational” lavender goodies…there is still time to ship!  Visit us online or give us a call at 1-888-852-6560 and we will be happy to assist you with your gift selection!  Merry Merry Christmas!

We won Best of Show at the USLGA Lavender Conference!

November 6, 2013 by purplehazelavender

awardsRecently our owner Mike attended the USLGA Conference in Richmond Virgina, both as a speaker and attendee!

Our Lavender Florets, Lavender Salad Dressing and a cute picture of Mike’s granddaughter won best of show!

Mike will be speaking at the upcoming USLGA Conference!

September 27, 2013 by purplehazelavender

 

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Mike is getting his bags packed and ready to go as he prepares for his next speaking engagement at the United State Lavender Growers Association Conference due to be held in Richmond, VA Oct 18-20, 2013. He will be sharing the “Purple Haze” story on how we began, trials along the way, and how we have successfully continued to farm the wonderful herb lavender for over 17 years in Sequim, WA.  This is shaping up to be a great conference for those who have a love for lavender and want to grow it!  There is still time to register and spend a weekend learning about all things lavender!

Adding a Purple (Haze) touch to your kitchen…..

September 19, 2013 by purplehazelavender

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Recently we were lucky enough to be blessed with a wonderful visit from “foodie” blogger, Elena Fernandez.

Mike had a great time sharing our farm with her and it was a most delightful visit.  We thought you might enjoy reading her blog post about her visit to the Purple Haze Lavender Farm!

 

Visit us at our downtown Sequim Gift Shop or on the web!

September 9, 2013 by purplehazelavender

Penny says now that the lavender has all been harvested, hung, dried and distilled it’s time close up the farm store and take a nap!
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still pick up your favorite Purple Haze Lavender products when you come through Sequim-just visit us at our Downtown Gift Shop located at 127 W Washington Street….or if you can’t make it to Sequim visit us in our online store and do your shopping there!

Labor Day Weekend Lavender Distillation Celebration at Purple Haze!

August 28, 2013 by purplehazelavender

If you have always wanted to see how our lavender oil distillation machine works-now is your chance! This weekend we will be distilling at 11:00 am. both Saturday and Sunday at the farm-it’s the last distillation of the season-yeah!!! Summer is winding down and now is the time to get that last lavender ice cream cone and see how we harvest and distill our lavender for oil! Hope to see you at the farm!!!still 1

Sequim Lavender Farm Faire at Purple Haze!!!!

July 16, 2013 by purplehazelavender

 

It’s time for our Annual Sequim Lavender Weekend!!!lavender festivalJoin us at Purple Haze!  We have a great line up of music (and a special surprise guest performing on our stage) along with lavender ice cream and wonderful food and drinks provided by Ovenspoonful and the Bushwacker Bar! So pick up your button at any of our farms or online and come on over to see us

July 19, 20 & 21!

We have received a lot of questions about buses this year to tour the farms and the answer is:  that due to rising costs Purple Haze WILL be the only farm that will be serviced by a bus.  Pick up location will be the same as always at Lavender In the Park-should run about every 15-20 minutes!

Don’t forget there is always a chair waiting for you-see you at the farm!

Kingston Trio Concert!!!!! July 13th-get your tickets now!

July 9, 2013 by purplehazelavender

kingston trio
Purple Haze is proud to be a sponsor of the Kingston Trio concert coming to the James Center Band Shell July 13th! Tickets may be purchased at our Downtown Gift Shop or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/379552-it is a great way to start off our Lavender Farm Faire Week!

Stop by the farm and meet “Joe” he loves photo op’s!

June 28, 2013 by purplehazelavender

Hippie Greeter Statue

We have a new employee at the farm….he’s a peaceful happy fellow and loves to take photos with all our visitors-stop by the farm store and say “Hey Joe”! Peace, lavender love, and happiness to you all!

It’s time to start planning for Lavender Weekend at Purple Haze!

February 27, 2013 by purplehazelavender

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Seems hard to believe that in just a little over 3 months the lavender will be blooming beautifully and it will be time for Sequim’s Annual Lavender Farm Faire! This event always falls on the third weekend in July (July 19, 20 & 21st, 2013). Check out our new brochure and the wonderful lavender artwork by Lee Oskar !

Make your plans now to join us and get your tickets early-you will save $5.00 ea.!!  You don’t want to miss that Lavender Margarita and the best music in town!!!

P.S. Speaking of music….we have some great NEW acts lined up for our stage this year at Purple Haze….stay tuned for updates!!!

Congrats to our neighbor’s new wine tasting facility

February 11, 2013 by purplehazelavender

Our next door neighbors, David and Jennifer, have opened a new downtown tasting room just a couple of doors down from our downtown store. It features their wonderful Italian style wines from Wind Rose Cellars. A really nice atmosphere, great appetizers, and a superb line of wines. Rosalind and my favorite is their Dolcetto and the Hunter Red….wait, hold on here; they are ALL fabulous!

Happy 2013!! Check out the newest addition to the Purple Haze Lavender Farm!

January 15, 2013 by purplehazelavender

Mike and Penny

We have a wonderful new little “greeter”! Her name is Penny! Our owners Mike and Roz have fallen in love with her and she is just a “little bit” spoiled-many of you may remember our first farm dog “Gordy”-he loved each and every visitor to our farm (especially those that shared their ice cream!) Penny is super excited to meet you all-so look for her next time you visit the farm!

Tis the season to send Purple Haze Lavender to those you love!

December 13, 2012 by purplehazelavender

Right now our Christmas Elves are busy shipping lavender everywhere! Just pick your favorite lavender items in our online store and we will be happy to ship it off to wherever it needs to go with your personalized gift message! You will have your Christmas List checked off in no time! Merry Christmas!

Lavender Oil Distillation at the farm is done for the year!

September 12, 2012 by purplehazelavender

 

This week we finished up our lavender oil distillation at the farm! So nice to have such wonderful weather! The air was filled with lavender and we distilled some beautiful oil!!  If you have pre-ordered our Certified Organic Lavender Oil it should be shipping out in the next few weeks!

RARE EARTH concert August 31st in field by Purple Haze Lavender Farm!!

August 20, 2012 by purplehazelavender

Recently, Rare Earth decided to tour again – much to the applause of their many fans across the country. Rare Earth has their audiences up and out of their seats dancing and singing along with their million selling classics such as “Get Ready”, “Hey Big Brother”, “Losing You”, “Born to Wander”, and “I Just Want to Celebrate” creating an atmosphere reminiscent of the Madison Square Garden Concert in 1970, the Atlantic Pop Festival in 1971 or the California Jam which was one of their most memorable concerts broadcast nationally in 1974. This concert is being offered in conjuction with the Sequim Balloon Festival which takes place Sept. 1, 2, & 3 in field right next door to our farm!  We are super excited to be a sponsor of this event-so get your tickets now and come and CELEBRATE with us!

Thank you Farm Faire Volunteers!

August 13, 2012 by purplehazelavender

Check out this great video that highlights our wonderful volunteers for Sequim Lavender Farm Faire!  Loved seeing all the fun they had at our farms during the weekend!  A very big THANK YOU to all of our dedicated and loyal volunteers!

Farm Faire Volunteers!

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Lavender Oil Disitillation-August 10, 2012

August 9, 2012 by purplehazelavender

We will be distilling our ” Grosso” lavender at the farm on August 10th at 11:00 am.  It’s kind of an interesting process to watch and it sure smells good!

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