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A Birds-Eye-View of Purple Haze!

November 3, 2015 by purplehazelavender

View of Purple Haze

View of Purple Haze’s beautiful Sunflowers-photo by Mike Hovis

 

Fall in the Pacific Northwest is always beautiful and the farm this time of year it has a certain peaceful quietness about it.  The lavender plants (thanks to Jose) have all been trimmed back into nice little balls, the trees around the farm have put on their coat of many colors, the apples in the orchard are red and ripe for picking and the birds are cleaning up the last remnants of the sunflower seeds. It’s just very serene…however, there really is nothing like summer on the farm and one of our wonderful guests took the time this past summer to take his drone up for a spin and share with us a “birds-eye view” of Purple Haze-so here is the result!   Beautiful…..no wonder all of us worker bees at Purple Haze love our jobs so much!  Just missing summer at little bit today……we hope you enjoy this virtual tour that will give you a view of Purple Haze from a little different angle.

 

Love this article on Sequim and why it is the perfect place to grow lavender!

April 30, 2015 by purplehazelavender

We love this article on Sequim and why it is the perfect place to grow lavender!  There are many places around the United States that grow lavender now, but we of course we think that none compare to our little town of Sequim!

Photo of Purple Haze

Purple Haze Lavender

As we enter our 19th year of growing lavender at Purple Haze it is nice to be recognized for the efforts that we have put into the lavender industry here in Sequim.  It was not without risk that those of us that started the lavender movement here took when we agreed to start the Lavender Festival,  by opening our farms to the public, booking food vendors, live music and hiring extra staff to make sure that weekend would be an “scentsational” event for the thousands of visitors that came from all over the world to visit our farms.  We never imagined at that time what an amazing event it would grow into!  Now in our 19th year Purple Haze will celebrate the Lavender Festival with “Purple Haze Daze” we hope you will join us for the best 3 day lavender party around!  Check out our great line up of musicians, food from one of the best loved restaurants in town and an eclectic selection of artisan vendors and of course lots and lots of beautiful fields of lavender!  Purchase your tickets early and receive a $5.00 off coupon!  Date are July 17th, 18th, & 19th!

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Purple Haze Gift Shop

It is always fun to be out and about and talking with folks about Sequim and they say “Oh that is where you grow all that lavender!”  Yes it is and we love sharing it with the world!  Hope you enjoy this article on Sequim and why it’s such a special place to grow lavender-truly a lavender destination all summer long!

Interesting article on Lavender Oil…..

April 13, 2015 by purplehazelavender

We recently came across this interesting article on Lavender Oil and some studies that have been done on the effectiveness of using it for anxiety relief and sleep support.  Lavender has always been reported to be the “calming” herb, but scientific research seems to have proven it as well.  One unique aspect of these studies is that they were performed using the Lavender Oil in capsule form.

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Our First Still!

At Purple Haze we have been distilling lavender oil since 1996, when we purchased a 5 gallon copper still
from The Essential Oil Company in Portland, Oregon. I’ve shipped and
carried that little still all over the country for distillation
demonstrations and talks over the years and it’s always been quite a
hit.

Around 2001 or so we upgraded to a 55 gallon, food grade stainless steel distiller. This still was also electric powered and was a nice tic up from our original equipment and made our job much easier during the harvesting and distilling season. We even started distilling for other folks and did quite a bit of “contract distilling” over the next few years.

 

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Our Second Still!

 

 

 

Our Current Still

Our Current Still

 

It was in 2007, that we had the opportunity to purchase our present distillation plant, a 1.2 million btu propane fired unit that has really served us well. The retort is on wheels so we can tow the unit out in the fields and fill it up, bring it back to the generator and distill on the spot. The retort holds approximately 750 pounds of flower material.

Sign on still

Sign

Distillation at the farm typically starts the week after our big Lavender Weekend here in Sequim, (www.purplehazedaze.com ), and continues until all the lavender has been harvested. We have done distillation demonstrations for groups over the years and welcome more. Be sure and
call ahead. 360 683 1714

 

Good Morning America’s Weekend Window did a segment on Purple Haze a couple of years ago and caught a bit of the distilling action with our “distilling guru” Patrick.
You might enjoy watching that piece as well!

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Patrick distilling

 

It seems as though every week some new article is published regarding
the benefits of lavender essential oil. All of the oil distilled here
at the farm is certified organic, we are proud to say. It is used in
our product line or sold as is to both the wholesale and retail
market.

We hope you enjoy the article and we think you will find it an informative read!

The Birds of Purple Haze!

March 18, 2015 by purplehazelavender

As the owner of Purple Haze I thought it would be a great time to write
about the birds of Purple Haze!  You see, coming up in April is the Olympic Peninsula’s
Annual BirdFest.  It’ a great time to come enjoy and learn about the birds of the Olympic Peninsula.
There is also a treasure hunt put on by the local merchants called BirdFest-Birdquest which incorporates visiting
the businesses and finding some beautiful bird sculptures created by my son, Jake Reichner’s high school ceramic class.
There is even a treasure hunt for the Jr. birders who may be in your group!  Great prizes for all ages and lots of fun!  You won’t believe the talented young artists we have!

The Purple Haze Farmhouse is the perfect place to stay while taking in this event and you may even get to do a bit
of “bird watching” at the farm during your stay-here is a sampling of the “Birds of Purple Haze”!

The variety of birds that we see here at the farm everyday is

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Feeder by Farmhouse

astounding. Maybe it’s because we keep dozens of feeders out year
round that does the trick. We feed suet of two kinds, wild bird seed
and a finch mix of sunflower chips, black oil whole sunflowers, an
assortment of wild bird blocks for the ground feeders, a specialty
woodpecker block, and a multitude of hummingbird feeders.

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Anna’s Hummingbird

The Anna’s Hummingbirds are now staying with us year round and arevery demanding about their feeders. We make sure we keep their nectar feeders topped off rather than have them buzz us as we step on the
back deck. Hummers are one of my favorite birds at the feeder as they really learn to “trust” us humans quickly and will give us “up close and personal” experiences once they get to know us. Just keep thefeeder full!

One of the more populous birds at our feeding stations during thewinter are the Juncos.  Little black headed dudes everywhere just
outside our door pecking at anything that’s not tied down. They are
constantly moving and frivolous and will sometimes land on me when I’m
filling the feeders. They’re pretty prolific poopers too, so the hose
is out there washing the deck down frequently. Throw the Black Capped
Chickadee into the mix and our feeders are alive with action. Their
distinctive call lets one know that they are near even when they
aren’t at the feeder.

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Evening Grosbeak

Starting early in February we had a flock of about 20 Evening Grosbeaks
show up and eat their way through our feeders. Talk about an exotic
looking bird! Wow! They always show up as a gang of them; roar through
the feeders unabandoned then out of there like it never happened.
They’ve been back about every other day now …. I
look forward to their visits.

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Goldfinch at the farm

 

 

I started putting finch food out the beginning of February also and “Oh Boy” did the finch family show up.
Dozens of House Finches with a pile of Pine Siskens swarming the feeders. During the summer months it’s a circus here at the farm with the clouds of Goldfinches. Most ofour visitors to Purple Haze marvel at the bright colors and darting
nature of our state bird and they sure can eat their way through a
pile of sunflower chips. In the fall, after our sunflowers have
bloomed and gone dormant, they are a descended upon by our Goldfinches
as they bulk up for the upcoming winter. A fun activity is sitting on
the front porch of the Purple Haze Farmhouse and watching the bird
activity as it whirls around you.

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Many photo ops!

Other birds that frequent our back deck are Rufous Sided Towhees,
White Crowned Sparrows, two pair of Downy Woodpeckers, Robins by the
dozen, Red Wing Blackbirds, the evil starlings, Eurasion Collared
doves, Stellar Jays, maybe 5 coveys of California Quail that rush in
from every corner of the farm, (always running, never flying), and a
pair of mallards that are thinking of brooding on our pond. They
waddle their way up the hundred of yards or so from the pond and eat
daily at the feeders. Their plumage is so brilliant now with the
upcoming mating season.

Every now and then a predator roars in and takes a bite…sorry;
called a food chain. But this past month we have observed Red Tail
Hawks, and Marsh Hawks and Sparrow Hawks all taking a swipe at our
feeder station, we had what I believe to be a juvenile Goshawk, swoop
in and land on our back deck within 4 feet of our back door. I wish I
had better camera at hand as it was a gorgeous opportunity at that
distance. And then he proceeded to do it several days in a row. We
never were able to get a good pic. But Boy, are the opportunities out
there.

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Purple Haze Lavender Farm

 

We’ve had Bald Eagles take chickens from our coop; walk around the
corner and there he is with one of our egg layers in his talons having
claimed his dinner for the day. How can one argue with that???..He’s 4
foot tall and BALD!!  This is why the chicken coop is now covered!

The birds here at Purple Haze are amazing! We feed them, we enjoy
them, we embrace who they are and what they provide us with. We love
our birds. Take them in. Enjoy them with us.

Mike’s Final Destination #10!

March 2, 2015 by purplehazelavender

Destination #10!

Whew!…we made it to 10. We love our town. We do….and we love our neighbors too. So to finish off Mike’s Top Ten Likes, I’d like to suggest to the wary visitor some special places to visit downtown.

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Fused Glass by Lizbeth

purple haze lavender store

Purple Haze Lavender Downtown Gift Shop

How can we do this without starting with Purple Haze Lavender’s downtown store? We can’t. You’ll see, the fragrance drifts out on the sidewalk and pulls you inside…you’ll see.

 

The Blue Whole Gallery,(play on words, here) is right next to Purple Haze’s store and showcases the plethora of local artists that grace the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Take
a stroll here and enjoy some darn fine art.

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Over The Fence

 

 

Over the Fence is a unique boutique garden/art/eclectic/ bla, bla, bla store where you can find just about anything clever for your home or garden. My bride has spent way too much time and/or money at this very cute store just down the block. Geri Sanford has owned it from the get go and she knows how to get it done.

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Harts Fine Books

A new kid on the block in downtown Sequim is Hart’s Fine
Books Etcetera. Just like it sounds, there’s a whole bunch more than just books here. It’s been described by the big boys as “The most beautiful bookstore on the west coast.” I have to agree. Stop in and ask Pam or Celeste for the short version of it’s history. They’ll be more than accommodating….and pick up a classic book while you’re at it. 360 683 8080

Where to “eat” while visiting Purple Haze…..Destination #9

February 24, 2015 by purplehazelavender

As we continue on with Mike’s suggestions on what to do while visiting Purple Haze we now come to a very important part of visiting anywhere-FOOD!  Hopefully these suggestions will make your visit to Sequim a “yummy” one as Mike lets you know Where to “eat” while visiting Purple Haze!

9.  Let’s EAT!

I’m proud to say our little town has come into it’s own with quality
eating establishments. It’s like we’ve grown up, foodwise. There’s
really no room here to list them all, but why would I?…some things
just have to be left to be discovered. On just about any late
afternoon or early evening you might find my bride and I at the
following gastric delights.

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Seafood anyone?

Blondies Plate ranks right up there in our top three dinner venues.
Did you notice I mentioned it first? Yup! Fresh seafood and yummy
northwest cuisine is what it’s all about at Blondies. An intimate cozy
bar serves up Blondies famous Moscow Mules in a chilled copper cup. ”
Would you like a half dozen oysters on the half shell with that sir?”
Call ahead to have her save you a spot. 360-683-2233.

Not to be denied, another of our favorite dinner spots is at The
Dockside Grill at John Wayne Marina, just down the road from Purple Haze
Farm. When’s the last time you had a steaming bowl of seafood
bouillabaisse placed in front of you?  You can enjoy a portion of this gourmet soup while gazing out over the marina and beautiful tranquil Sequim Bay. It just doesn’t get  much better than this! Once again, call ahead as this is a really popular spot. 360 683 7510 .

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Tamales!

 

Sequim brims over with delicious lunch spots. I rotate through three
of them regularly. Jose’s Famous Salsa and Tamales ranks right up
there for the finest in Mexican cuisine. To give you an idea, when we
go to our home in Mexico, we take Jose’s Salsa with us. Try the carne
asada taco or my bride’s favorite, the vegetarian taco.We buy his
tamales by the dozen for super bowl parties. His place literally
buzzes with the sound, smells and flavor of Mexico. And yes, there
really is a Jose! 360-681-8598

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Spring Rolls

Thai food anyone? Right behind Purple Haze’s downtown store is a little restaurant called Galare Thai. Just an unassuming little building tucked away on a back street, Galare Thai rivals any Thai food I’ve ever eaten anywhere. Anywhere! It’s a regular stopping off
spot for my honey and I a couple times a week for our favorite, Tom
kha gai, a spicy coconut milk and chicken soup that makes ones eyes
water. Of course, we like it with 4 stars so it’s our fault. Another
fave for a “large” lunch is Asian Swimmer, a delectable duck dish that
will rock you world. I can go on and on but won’t. 360-683-8069

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Oak Table Cafe

The Oak Table is all class! Our staff meets there for business lunches and usually
comes away groaning…with delight! Soups and sandwiches to die for
and the portions are, like the owner, Billy, huge! There’s a reason
there is a line out the door. You’ll never go wrong at the Oak Table.
360 683 2179  The Oak Table also gets our nod
for the finest, biggest and best breakfast on all of the Olympic
Peninsula. Try the Famous Apple Pancake; four inches tall and a
serving platter wide, you’ll be taking some of this baby home in a
box. Just Fabulous!!

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Yum!!!

And if you want to hear the real “hum and thrum” of Sequim, stop by  the Sunshine Cafe for a grownup dose of super breakfast items and local gossip. Located right downtown, The Sunshine has been a fixture in Sequim since time began. Throw caution to the wind and try their notorious Pig Out; you’ll be glad you did!

What to do while visiting Purple Haze……Destinations #7 & #8

February 19, 2015 by purplehazelavender

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Two Forks

7. Shhhhhhh!!! Don’t tell anyone about this one! Just up from Sequim
in the foothills is a magical place. We call it “two forks” but I
think it’s proper name is Dungeness Forks campground. It’s where the
Dungeness river and the Greywolf river come together. It’s a U.S.
Forest Service campground that is opened seasonally for camping but
during the winter is still available to stroll through as a day use
facility. The roar of these two fascinating rivers is so great most of
the time, one can’t hear himself think but who cares? We rummage
around up there frequently scrounging for the abundant edible
mushrooms that inhabit the area. Maps and directions to this area are
available just east of Sequim at the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters
in the little logging town of Quilcene. Now you have to promise to
keep this one under your hat.

 

8. Oysters anyone?

dungeness crab

Dungeness Crab

I like oysters..and crab…and clams. That’s one of the main reason I planted myself here. Shellfish I am.

Just about anytime of the year, one of these delicacies are available
here in the Sequim area. Just a short hop from Purple Haze Farm is
some of the best clam and oyster beds on the planet. Sequim and
Dungeness Bay are famous for these delicious shellfish.
Did someone say “Dungeness Crab” ?? A short stone’s throw from Sequim
is Dungeness Bay, home of these tasty critters and available almost
year round. You can wade for them, or put out pots or rings. Be sure
and consult the rules and regulations in regards to the harvest of all
shellfish species.  You might even want to take in The Crab Festival that happens every year in October-the dates this year are Oct. 9-11, 2015!  The Purple Haze Farmhouse would be the perfect cozy place to stay while taking in the Festival!

What to do while visiting Purple Haze….Destinations #4, #5 & #6.

February 4, 2015 by purplehazelavender

We continue owner Mike Reichners personal “must see” recommendations this week on “what to do while visiting Purple Haze” with 3 more amazing destinations on our beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Mikes Fourth Pick-The Olympic Game Farm

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Buffalo at the Olympic Game Farm

A visit to Sequim is not complete without a visit to the Olympic Game
Farm. We take all of our out of town visitors there and still, after
all these years, enjoy having our car “slimed” by the bison and elk.
The driving tour is the only way to go and you literally drive through
herds of large land mammals, peacocks, grizzly and black bears, and
much, much more. There is a gift shoppe, a petting zoo, a freshwater
aquarium in addition to all the other animals.
The Game Farm has worked closely with the Walt Disney Company for years providing animals for several of their movies!
Get up close and personal with lions, tigers, wolves and a whole array of other carnivores. 360 683 4295

Mikes Fifth Pick-The Dungeness River Audubon Center

chickadee

Chickadee

Located smack dab in the middle of the Olympic Discovery Trail,
The Dungeness River Audubon Center is a hub for birding adventures in Sequim.  In addition, it provides the public with interpretive and educational sessions that explore the Dungeness River and the creatures that live within and around it. It’s a great place to take the kids and bike the trail or have a picnic.  You can actually jump on the “trail” from Purple Haze Farm and bike or hike to the Center. It’s only a few miles. 360 681 4076

Mikes Sixth Pick-Rivers, rivers, rivers!

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The Elwha Restoration Project

The Olympic Peninsula is drained by dozens of streams and rivers and
all of them are a stones throw from Sequim. One of my favorites is the
Elwha River, just west of Port Angeles. Folks can walk on what was
previously the basins of two artificial lakes now that the Glines
Canyon and It’s sister structure downriver, the Elwha dam, have been
removed. The last of the two huge dams were removed this past year and
the Elwha River is now returning to it’s historic past with the
presence of the gigantic chinook salmon that it was once known for
back home again.

The Sol Duc River also holds breathtaking runs of both native
steelhead and salmon and at any time during the year has one of these
species residing there. Lots of fishing guides are available on most
of the Peninsula rivers and that is the recommended way of plying
these scenic waters.

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Salt Creek

In the little town of Forks (your might remember it from Twilight!), west of Sequim many rivers come together
to form the Quileute River. The Sol Duc, the Calawah, the Bogachiel,
the Dickie, and many more all flow together and empty in the Straits
of Juan de Fuca just east of Forks. Lots and lots of campgrounds and
day use areas punctuate the area with one of our favorites being
Salt Creek which has great tidepools. Just to the east of Salt Creek is Freshwater Bay
with fabulous Chinook fishing.

I could go on and on about the Olympic Peninsula’s rivers but it’s
best to experience them for oneself. Grab a map and head west from
Sequim. In a very short time you’ll be surrounded by them.

What to do while visiting Purple Haze…..Destinations # 2 & #3

January 30, 2015 by purplehazelavender

 

This week Mike gives us his second and third pick of “what to do while visiting Purple Haze”.  The best part is that any of these locations can be visited almost anytime of the year and still be amazing!  So his advice “Don’t just save these trips for the summer!”  And the Farmhouse at Purple Haze is the perfect “home base” for any of these day trips!

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Shore bird

 Mike’s Second Pick-Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Just a few miles from Purple Haze Lavender Farm, Dungeness National
Wildlife Refuge stills calls to us when we want to get a pure taste of
why we live here. Home to the longest natural sand spit in the U.S.,
the Refuge is where thousands upon thousands of sea birds, mammals and
marine life live out their days. The hike out to the historic New
Dungeness Light Station, one of the oldest lighthouses in the
Northwest, will not soon be forgotten. There is an entrance fee but at
$3 per family, who cares?..bring a lunch and spend the day.

 

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Sequim Bay State Park

Mike’s Third Pick-Nearby Washington State Parks 

How can an old ranger talk about the area without mentioning the
bounty of Washington State Parks in the area? He can’t. Right here in
Sequim is where this old ranger finished off his career at Sequim Bay
State Park. Located right on beautiful Sequim Bay, this 92 acre gem
offers hiking trails, shell fishing opportunities in season, kayaking,
camping and much more. It takes about 10 minutes to get there from
Purple Haze Farm.

 

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Ariel View of Fort Flagler

Two other Washington State Parks you don’t want to miss are Fort Worden and Fort Flagler.

These 19th century forts were built to guard the entrance to Puget Sound and today after being restored and preserved offer the public a huge variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. They both sport historical museums and Fort Worden has an unbelievable Marine Science Center. Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails are available, as is sweeping panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The both also offer camping and moorage sites. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get to either one of these gems from Sequim.

 

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

lavender farm vacation rental

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

purple haze lavender farm view from gift shop

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

Whodunnit?

December 29, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Whodunnit Poster

Whodunnit Poster

Whodunnit? Purple Haze Lavender’s downtown store will be hosting one of the clues for the 3rd annual “Whodunnit?” mystery. This fun adventure takes place January 2cnd throughout the businesses in downtown Sequim from 5:00 pm.-7:30 pm. during our monthly “First Friday Artwalk”. Make sure you look for and ask questions of those dressed up in costumes that will be wandering around downtown….they know things…..

The story takes place in the year 1936 right here in Sequim. Dignitaries from across the country have gathered for the dedication of the newly built Clyde Rhodefer Library. The Lady Helen Marquis (Jodi Minker), an eccentric heiress is on hand for the event. She owns a rare silver (stuffed) cat named Martini. The cat is always seen with a diamond studded collar worth thousands of dollars. On the eve of the dedication of the newly built Clyde Rhodefer Library, the cat has been “catnapped”. Our story takes place the night of the event. The cat has not been found. The question that must be answered Whodunnit?

The following businesses will each have game cards for playing as well as hosting the clues needed to solve the mystery. We invite you come, play and shop this coming Friday evening-great fun for all ages!

A Dropped Stitch at 136 S 2nd Ave.
Hart’s Fine Books at 161 W Washington
Sunshine Café at 145 W Washington St.
Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St.
Colors of Sequim at 139 W. Washington St.
Solar City’s Tesa Boutique & Tanning Retreat at 135 W Washington St.
Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St.
Purple Haze Lavender at 127 W Washington St.
Pacific Pantry at 229 S Sequim Ave.
Sequim Tea and Spice at 121 W Washington St.

Here is the link to the “Facebook Event” page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/672724806178986/?source=1

Special Christmas Gift Boxes!

December 2, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Lavender Gift Box

Lavender Gift Box

This year for the holidays we have put together a couple of great Christmas Gift Boxes filled with Purple Haze Lavender products.  What a perfect time of year to send a box full of lavender to the “lavender lover” on your list!  Our special Christmas Gift Sets come all wrapped and ready to place under the tree, just add your own personal gift message when you place your order and we will do the rest!

Our “Let it Snow” Gift Box comes filled with our most popular items for your bath and home.  The Dryer Bag will make your sheets smell like a field of lavender, the Shower Gel is refreshing, our soy Lavender Votive is made with the essential oil distilled at the farm, the Lavender Bar soap is long lasting and natural, the Lavender Spritzer was our very first product 19 years ago, and our Lemon Lavender Handsoap is a bestseller….perfect for the kitchen or bath!  This box is like sending a little piece of the Purple Haze Farm right to their front door!  All of the products are full sized and made on the farm by our wonderful workerbees!

The “Culinary Delights” Gift Box is perfect for those folks who love to cook or eat!  Purple Haze Lavender Salad Dressing is not only good for your salad it makes a wonderful marinade or a great dip for veggies and bread!  Our Herb de Provence Mustard was added this year to the National Mustard Museums Catalog-they thought it was amazing!  And our Lemon Pepper is perfect for fish or chicken dishes.  The Lavender Scone Mix is easy and yummy to make….there is nothing like fresh scones and butter on a cool winter morning!  For the cook who has yet to try lavender,  the Lavender Recipe Folder is filled with recipes and the Culinary Lavender Florets and Herbs de Provence needed to make each of the recipes inside!

Of course you may always make up your own gift boxes as well, just choose your items, add gift wrap to your order and we will put it all together and send it on it’s way!

3rd Best Gift Shop in Western Washington!

November 20, 2014 by purplehazelavender

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We are pretty excited to have just won third place as the Best Gift Shop in Western Washington!  This is the first time we have entered the KING5 TV Best of Western Washington contest and we so appreciate all of you who took the time to vote for  us as the Best Gift Shop!  Your continued support of us is not taken for granted and it is just another reason for us to be THANKFUL this Thanksgiving!

 Of course if you aren’t able to visit one of our our gift shops in person,  you are always welcome to place your order in our wonderful online store or feel free to give us a call at our tollfree 1-888-852-6560 number  and we will happily ship you all of your lavender goodies!  We are always happy to wrap and ship your gifts as well. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive such great smelling boxes!

What do Purple Haze Lavender and Confiding in Martin have in common?

November 4, 2014 by purplehazelavender

confiding in martin book coverLocal author Candace Murrow just dropped off her newest project…a romantic comedy titled Confiding in Martin that takes it’s lavender inspiration from Ms. Murrows visits to Purple Haze Lavender Farm!  This would make a great Christmas Gift or Hostess gift for someone who loves lavender and a fictitious romantic comedy!

The story goes like this……… a middle-aged woman who seeks to satisfy her own neglected needs find out that when she does her world turns amusingly complicated. The lead lady, 55 year old  Nan Marino, is totally content to watch her grandchildren, tend her lavender garden, take weekly walks with her two best friends, and keep a beautiful and  immaculate house. She also is rather fond of confiding in Martin all of her problems all the while lecturing him about leaving her for a younger woman! This probably is a good place to mention that Martin is her dead, ex-husband.  Her life seems to be cheerfully going along fine until she takes an unexpected trip to Kauai with her friend Myra.  This leads to her being taken out of her comfort zone and propels her into the company of Myra’s forty-one-year-old son, Jake. The attraction between them is palpable and inspite of everyones efforts to dampen her feelings, Nan cannot resist him, and her predictable world turns upside down when she tries to keep her love life to herself. Confiding in Martin is not only a romantic comedy but a story about a middle ages woman who comes to realize that much of her life has been spent taking care of everyone else, while neglecting her own needs.  And did we mention?  She loves LAVENDER and PURPLE HAZE LAVENDER FARM!

You may of course purchase this fun and light-hearted read in our online store or in our gift shop in downtown Sequim-all of our copies have been autographed by Candace!

Paperback, 260 pages

Vote for Best of Western Washington!

October 18, 2014 by purplehazelavender

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The Best of Western Washington contest is going on right now and we would love to win “The Best Gift Shop” category! For those of you who have visited our gift shop at the farm-you know you can’t find that view just anywhere! Plus you have the added benefit of all of our handmade products, organic lavender, our lavender ice cream and beverage stand and of course those cute bunnies, chickens and peacocks!  And our store in downtown Sequim is always full of a wonderful variety of lavender products and gifts all year long! So if you love our handcrafted, farm-grown lavender items, along with that amazing view-please give us your vote and help make us the #1 Gift Shop in Western Washington for 2014!  The Best of Western Washington 2014 winners will begin being announced on November 14, 2014 by King 5!

Webcam is back up and running!

August 20, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Check out the new webcam we just had installed at the farm…the picture is so much better! And we still have a little lavender blooming!

 

Vote for your favorite lavender photo!

August 4, 2014 by purplehazelavender

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Here are a couple of photos that we particularly liked! You can vote once a day everyday until August 8th!

 

Lavender Weekend is coming!!!! Get your tickets now!!!

July 9, 2014 by purplehazelavender

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It’s that time of year again at Purple Haze-get your tickets and join us for the best Lavender Party in town July 18, 19 & 20th. This year we have a wonderful NEW local Sequim restaurant called Blondie’s Plate that wils be providing our food at the farm. They have come up with a new menu of the best of our local northwest cuisine that includes wonderful salads, salmon, sandwiches, gluten-free options and even a kids meal for the younger guests! The Bushwhacker Bar will once again be providing our adult beverages which will include local Lavender Cider made by Finn River, Lavender Gin & Tonic, and several other delightful creations and of course our world famous Lavender Margarita! So grab your tickets either online or at either of two store locations in Sequim and come join us as we celebrate all that the wonderful herb Lavender has to offer!_H0A4990

U-Pick is now OPEN at Purple Haze!

June 27, 2014 by purplehazelavender

upick lavenderWe are now open for U-Pick at the farm! Our hours are 10-5 daily! And you can pick your fresh bundle and grab a yummy lavender ice cream cone at the same time! See you at the farm!

We have fresh lavender bundles!!!

June 24, 2014 by purplehazelavender

purplehazebundle1Today we picked the first fresh bundles of the season!  They are our beautiful variety aptly named “Purple Haze”!  This plant is always the first to bloom and the color is amazing!

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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It’s Lavender Ice Cream weather!!!

May 30, 2014 by purplehazelavender

Lavender Ice CreamWe now have our lavender ice cream available at both the downtown store and at the farm store! Choose from either Lavender White Chocolate or Lavender Lemon Custard!  Yummy!

The FARM STORE is now OPEN!!

May 16, 2014 by purplehazelavender

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Spring has finally sprung and our Farm Store has been refreshed from it’s long winters sleep and is now open Fridays-Monday 10-5 for the month of May!  We have a great selection of lavender plants available as well as all of our Purple Haze products!  Stop by and say hi-the chickens and peacocks would love to have some visitors!

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