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.
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.
Local 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
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!
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!
You may pick up a copy in our online store!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Time to purchase your tickets for the Lavender Farm Tour which includes Purple Haze Lavender Farm and 6 of our fellow farms -we have yummy food, Lavender Margarita’s-of course and some great music planned again this year! We also have posters available for purchase online, at our farm store & our downtown Sequim store. Tickets are only $10.00 if you purchase before the Farm Faire starts! Get them early and save your $5.00 per ticket! Hope to see you all in July for the best Lavender Weekend ever!
Travel through the lavender fields of America in this wonderful new hardcover “coffee table” style book. We are honored to have been included with so many other beautiful farms from around our great country! Pick up a copy today at our online store!
We have put together several NEW special offers that include both body-care and culinary offerings! Don’t forget we are always happy to ship directly to the recipient complete with wrapping and your personalized gift message!
Use coupon code freeship11 when you place an order totaling $75.00 or more online and receive FREE UPS Ground shipping through the month of November!
Weddings at Purple Haze are always a special time and we thought you would enjoy these beautiful photos of a recent wedding at the farm.
Normally this time of year at Purple Haze Lavender we are well into our harvest…however, due to our lack of sunshine we are running a couple of weeks behind. This means that our season is just beginning and the fields are full of more and more lavender everyday! So please feel free to come on by and pick yourself a beautiful bundle of FRESH lavender! We are open everyday 9-5!
We recently came across this article online that you might find helpful if you are the type of person who eats whenever you feel stressed, you may want to stop binging on calorie- and sugar-laden chocolates and sip warm lavender tea instead. Lavender tea has long been recommended by herbalists for its calming effects — a belief that is supported by modern research.
Click here to read more!
If you would like to order Purple Haze Lavender Tea please visit us in our online store. We offer several different combinations of tea that all include lavender!
Finally, Spring is here and it is time to OPEN the farm store! We have been busy getting our plants ready for Spring and we have stocked the store at the farm with all of your Purple Haze favorites: our long-lasting lavender soaps, culinary lavender, that yummy lavender salad dressing, our wonderful moisturizing facial milk and of course, lavender chocolates! We hope you will stop by and say hi!
Farm Store hours for April: Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5
Our store in downtown Sequim of course is OPEN 7 days a week!
Hope to see you around the farm!!
This year we have placed the tickets for the farm tours (July 15, 16, & 17, 2011) that happen at Purple Haze Lavender & 6 other farms in Sequim on sale early! We have had many requests to make them available for purchase ONLINE earlier this year! So we did! Saves time when you get to the farm and you don’t need to have the extra cash in hand! Besides that you save $5.00 per person…..children under 12 are still FREE! Come celebrate Purple Haze Lavender’s 15th Anniversary! There is always great music, yummy food and a chair waiting for you!!
There were so many people who loved this artists work two years ago that the Sequim Lavender Farmers thought it would be great to choose her again! Here is the link to the article in our local paper the Sequim Gazette.
We hope everyone is making their plans for July 15, 16 & 17 to join us at Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Not only to enjoy all the great entertainment, food and unique vendors, but to come and help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary! Due to the fact that we have snow on the ground today- we can’t wait for summer and those beautiful rows and rows of lavender! We hope to see you July 15, 16 & 17 for lavender weekend in Sequim!
We have sold these dishes in our Purple Haze Lavender Downtown store and Farm store for years. This year they were in our Christmas Box and were very popular-so we decided it is time to put them in our online store!
Friday evening Susan Kroll ( a local weaver) will be demonstrating her techniques….she makes the most beautiful handwoven towels..
We will also be serving Lavender Cookies and Lavender Hot Chocolate and Tea!
All gift boxes will be 10% off!!
We hope to see your smiling faces!
Check out our webcam and enjoy the “lavender snow balls”!
Here is the link to the Good Morning America Weekend Window segment on Purple Haze Lavender Farm in Sequim yesterday in case you missed it or want to see it again….they did a beautiful job of showing just how peaceful and pretty the lavender fields can be!