Snow at Little Lavender Farm, Feb 26, 2021

February 2021

Happy February Friends! 

Things are pretty slow here on the farm and at the shop.  The lavender is sleeping and the cold weather keeps most folks inside their cozy homes, so this is a month of rest, reflection, and dreaming.

And thanks to all that reflection and dreaming, this is also the time time when I revise my field layout. Every Fall as I'm pruning, I tell myself that I have enough lavender and that I don’t need anymore.  That the field is good as it is. But then in the Winter, I will hear about a new variety or decide I want to change up the color a little or decide that I’m not happy with the performance of a particular lavender variety (I’m looking at you Impress Purple), so I will decide to add or replace a row.  So yes, this Spring I will replace a few rows of Impress Purple with more Grosso.  And I will add just a few rows of Riverina Thomas.  Oh, and just one row of Arctic Snow -- a white lavender! I guess there's always room for improvement, right?

This is also the month of love!  So in this newsletter, you will find lots of hearts --  to discover, to make and to be inspired by. 

And if you're looking for a special Valentine gift, one made right here on our farm, I hope you will check our our website! We've got bath bombs, bath salts, gift bags, neck wraps, eye pillows, candles, and all kinds of natural self care items.

Wishing you all a month full of love, rest, and comfort -- and I hope you enjoy this issue!

Something Beautiful:  Hearts


PC for all photos above: Little Lavender Farm

Something Decadent:  Lavender Truffles​

PC: Haystacks and Champagne

Who can resist chocolate truffles?  And adding just a hint of lavender makes them all the more decadent!  Perfect to give or to treat yourself on these long winter days!


  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried culinary lavender buds
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/3 cup dark chocolate pieces, roughly chopped
  • cocoa powder


1. Bring the whipping cream to a gentle simmer in a sturdy pot. Remove from heat and stir in the lavender buds. Cover with a lid and and let sit for 12-15 min.

2. Put the chopped up chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the lavender cream through a fine mesh sieve into the bowl and discard the lavender buds.

3. Add honey to the bowl and place on top of a sauce pan with boiling water. Whisk until you have a smooth and lump free mixture.

4. Bring mixture to room temperature and then put in the refrigerator for a few hours, until it firms up.

5. Using a melon baller or a spoon, make small balls. Roll them between the palms of your hands to smooth out.

6. Put cocoa powder in a shallow bowl and roll the truffles in the cocoa.

Viola!  Delicious lavender truffles!

Makes 20 truffles

    Something Warm: Herbed Potato Corn Soup​

    PC: Taste of Home

    (Adapted from Kathy Gehrt's recipe in her book Discover Cooking with Lavender)


    • 6 or 7 slices smoked bacon (don’t use turkey bacon)
    • 1 large onion and one large celery stalk, chopped
    • ¾ teaspoon each coarsely ground dried culinary lavender buds ​and dried thyme leaves
    • 3.5 cups canned chicken broth, preferably sodium reduced
    • 2 cups peeled and cubed Yukon Gold, Red Bliss, or other boiling potatoes
    • ¼ teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper
    • 1.5 cups rinsed and drained frozen yellow corn kernels
    • 1 cup light cream or whipping cream


    Fry the bacon slices in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until they are just cooked through and nicely browned.  Transfer to paper towels to drain.  Transfer 2.5 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat to a medium soup pot or saucepan; disregard the rest.  When the bacon is cooled enough to handle, finely crumble into bits and set aside.

    Over medium-high heat, stir the onion and celery into the bacon fat.  Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 or 4 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.  Stir in the lavender and thyme and cook, stirring, 1 minute longer.  Immediately stir in the broth, potatoes, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to a gentle boil and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes, until the potato is cooked through when tested with a fork.

    If a slightly thicker soup is desired, working in the pot with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon, mash a few potato cubes.  Stir in the crumbled bacon (reserve a little for garnish if desired), corn, and cream and continue cooking, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes longer to reheat and allow the flavors to mingle.  Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.  Thin the soup with a little hot water, if desired.  Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.  Garnish with bacon, if reserved. 

    Makes 4 or 5 (1 ½ cup) main dish servings.

    Something Crafty: Heart Wreath

    I'm lucky that I have a few red barked bushes and trees that I can cut from to make my valentine wreaths, but any color will do! It's the shape that makes it beautiful!


    • 4 thin branches from your favorite tree or bush, about 2 feet long.
    • florist wire
    • scissors or pruning shears
    • small bunch of dried lavender
    • Spanish moss (optional)


    1. Gather your 4 branches together at the top (or the thinnest end) and bind them together with about a foot of florist wire, leaving six or so inches left over.

    2.  Grab two branches from each side and bend down to form a heart, criss crossing the ends.

    3.  Secure the criss crossed and top branches together using the left over florist wire from step 1.  Add a little hot glue or florist glue to make it extra sturdy.

    4.  Gather 10-12 (or as many as you want) dried lavender stems and bind together using a new piece of florist wire.  Secure to the wreath using florist wire and a little bit of glue.

    5.  Add a bow or some Spanish moss (maybe both?) to give your wreath  the perfect finishing touches!


    Something to Give: Lavender Tub Tea

    PC Little Lavender Farm

    Soaking in a hot tub on a cold winter day is made even more heavenly when calming and soothing herbs are added to the mix.  This is a great little Valentine's Day gift or a great addition to your self-care.  


    • 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
    • 1/2 cup Dead Sea Salts
    • 1/3 cup ground oatmeal
    • 2 Tbsp dried lavender buds
    • 15-20 drop lavender essential oil
    • Optional: 1-2 Tbsp dried Calendula or Rose petals
    • Muslin bag or disposable tea bag


    1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl

    2. Spoon mix into muslin or tea bag and securely seal the bag.

    3. Add to warm bath and enjoy!

    Something To Think About:

    Lanette's Hearts


    Lanette Smith is obsessed with hearts.  She finds them in clouds, leaves, soap bubbles, and puddles -- anywhere, really.  And this makes complete sense to me because Lanette is all heart. She has a heart of gold. In fact any heart saying you can think of would most likely fit Lanette.  

    I’ve known Lanette for almost the whole time we’ve lived here -- she lives just down the street from us.  And it turns out, most people in town know her too.  It was kindof a joke for a while that every new person we met, also knew Lanette.  The sweet gal at the bakery? One of Lanette’s best friends.  Our tax lady?  Good friends with Lanette. My new lavender farming friend?  Went to school with Lanette.  And on and on.  This makes perfect sense though.  Lanette walks into a room with love oozing from her being, a giant smile on her face, and proceeds to make everyone in the room feel like they are the most wonderful person she has ever met, as she listens intently and offers, ever so meekly, her profound wisdom.  How could you not want to be friends with someone like that?  How could you not love someone like that?  How lucky am I to be her neighbor..Read more

    I hope you've enjoyed our February newsletter! Please feel free to send article ideas and I will try to include them in future newsletters.