Monday, September 6, 2010

Farm Focus: Lavender love

Take a deep breath - this month's focus is lavender from Gabriel Farm. Honestly, I'm kind of embarrassed to be buying lavender at all. I'm probably the only person around here who doesn't have some growing in their yard. And no, I'm not venturing into aromatherapy, although you might think so if you were in my kitchen tonight. It's all about strawberry lavender jam! Served plain, the flavor a bit floral for my taste, but I love to bake with it. And you can't argue with popular demand - it's my most requested flavor!

Gabriel Farm is a 14 acre Organic farm located in the ideal fruit growing climate of Sebastopol, California. The Farm features 8 varieties of Asian Pears, several varieties of Apples, Fuyu Persimmons, Lavender, Plums and many sorts of berries. Gabriel Farm is the definition of a traditional “family farm”. This is where we live, work and raise our family. As organic farmers, we are devoted to the idea of sharing the process of raising our fruit with the folks who ultimately will eat our fruit. With this in mind, we encourage everyone who eats our fruit to come visit our farm, at least once, to see how we go about raising what we hope is a most delicious piece of fruit.

Plus they make a mean jar of lavender jam themselves! You can sample their Asian Pear and Blackberry Lavender Conserve at the Thursday/Saturday Berkeley farmers market.