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Lavender Honey-What’s the Buzz?

Our bees have been busy this year and we have once again we have lavender honey!

What’s the buzz? A worker bee gathers in her entire life 0.8 gram (0.0288 ounce) of honey and it requires 556 worker bees  and a million flowers to gather a pound of honey.  Bees normally fly once around the world to gather enough nectar for that pound of honey but we make it a bit easier for them by placing our hives in our lavender production field. Still, that’s alot of flowers.

Raw honey has been used as a folk remedy throughout history. But those old wives tales are true and honey has a variety of health benefits and medical uses. It’s chocked full of antioxidants, is heart healthy and tastes delicious too!

The bees arrived back on our property on June 7th and we have 8 hives this year.  The bees were very busy with 2 blooms this summer and our first batch of honey was extracted on July 21st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sooooo golden in colour and the delicate floral scent of lavender flows through this pleasant, well balanced and rounded honey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we just stocked our shelves with some gorgeous honeycomb.  Eating honeycomb is one way to enjoy the full fruits of our bees’ labour.  To produce one pound of wax the bees consume 6-8 lbs of honey.  The wax is edible and honeycomb contains not just honey but also pollen and sometimes royal jelly. It’s the perfect addition to a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and you’ll find it on our charcuterie boards at the Bistro 42.

We’ll be saying goodbye to our bees soon as the evenings cool but we thought we’d share this old family recipe as our bee season winds down and they go into hibernation.

Polish Honey Spice Cookies (Pierniczki)

Ingredients

1 c sugar

¼ c  water

 

1 c honey

2 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

½ tsp nutmeg

4 tsp butter

 

4 c flour

1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk

2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup warm water

Icing

1 c confectioner’s sugar

1-2 Tbsp water depending on the thickness of the icing you want (glazed or piped)

½ teaspoon almond or peppermint extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan measure out 2 Tbsp of sugar and ¼ cup of water stir until dissolved  and carmelize over gentle heat stirring until it begins to turn a golden brown colour.  Add the remaining sugar, honey, spices and butter.  Stir continuously until the mixture begins to boil.  Remove from the stovetop and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl beat the egg and mix in the flour, baking soda and water.  Blend in the sugar add spice mixture .  Knead the dough until smooth. Cover the  bowl with a towel and let it rest  20 minutes.

On a flour dusted countertop roll out the dough into a rectangle.  Cut the dough into shapes using your favourite cookie cutters and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool. Ice the cookies.

Smacznego!

 

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Thank you for Lavender Festival 2019

All we can say is Wow! Our hearts are filled with gratitude to all those who came out to Lavender Festival 2019. From the artists and artisans to the musicians, our amazing team and to all of you, our customers a great big THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! You all made this weekend a tremendous success!!!

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Lavender Festival 2019 – Schedule of Activities

Schedule of Events

Thank you for joining us for Lavender Festival 2019 and helping us celebrate all things Lavender!

 

 

SATURDAY

10:00 am            Tai Chi Demonstration

Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism

 

10:30 am            Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

11:00 am            Cooking Demo

Learn the art of BBQ from Award    winning competitive barbequer Wally Hayes. Meet at the Food tent

 

11:00 am           Live Music – Max Marshall

-2:00 pm           Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

12:00 pm         Lavender Wand Dem0

                           Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

12:30 pm         Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

1:00 pm          Paint and Sip Class

                          Prepaid tickets – meet under the canopy

 

1:00 pm          What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                           Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

 

1:30 pm         Decoupage Demo

                         Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

2:00 pm      Live Music- Aaron Furlotte

-5:00 pm     Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

2:00 pm       Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

2:30 pm        What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                         Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

 

3:oo pm        Wreath Making Demo

                        Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

 

SUNDAY

10:30 am         Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

11:00 am          Cooking Demo

Learn the art of BBQ from Award    winning competitive barbequer Wally Hayes. Meet at the Food tent

 

11:00 am          Live Music – James Staley

-2:00 pm          Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

12:00 pm       Dried Flower Music Cone Demo

                          Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

12:30 pm          Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

1:00 pm        Paint and Sip Class

                         Prepaid tickets – meet under the canopy

 

 1:00 pm        What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                         Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

1:30 pm         Decoupage Demo

                         Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

2:00 pm      Live Music-Garage Mahal

-5:00 pm     Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

2:00 pm       Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

2:30 pm       What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                         Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

 

3:oo pm       Felt  Flower Wreath Demo

                        Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

Thank you for your smiles and continued support!

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Serenity Lavender Farm presents Lavender Festival 2019

Serenity Lavender Farm welcomes you to our 8th Annual Lavender Festival!   Come join us as we celebrate Lavender bloomand our 10th store anniversary!

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

10am – 5pm 

130 County Road 50 East,  Colchester, Ontario

FREE ADMISSION

 

This year’s festival will the the best yet, with over 30 artists and artisans, live music, tai chi demonstaration, yoga class, craft demos, a painting workshop, scavenger hunt, children’s activities, plant sale and lavender garden tours.

Here’s the line up so far and we invite you to come and celebrate our lavender bloom:

Musical Entertainment:
Max Marshall – Saturday, June 22, 11am – 2pm
Aaron and Joel Furlotte – Saturday, June 22, 2pm – 5pm
James Staley – Sunday, June 23, 11am – 2pm
Six Degrees – Sunday, June 23, 2pm – 5pm

Artisans:

Local artists, crafters and artisans make up our Artisan Alley, a place to admire and purchase hand-crafted original works and include:

Pawsitively a Dog Thing                A Slice of Nature                       LRRR Designs
G-Pots                                            Cary’s Cutting Boards               Glen Eden Salsa
Bishop Artwork                               EVB Jewelry                               Stellas Works
Whispers of Wonder                   Handmade by Deb                  That’s Sew Sarah
Creations by Ann                           Mayz Birdhouses             Whispering Willow Designs
Jewels by Jasper                      Transformed Treasures                 JWaters Design
Couture Art                                 Terra Green Gardens                 Ayesha Drouillard
R.W Studios                                    Garage Glass Art                       Dana Laferriere
Twisted to Life                      KandA Chalk Adventures                    Then n Now
Kap’s Collection                          Unconscious Reality                     Seaside Jewels
Silver by Wendy                                 Jeff Perz                                   Floyjoy Studio

 

 

Painting Workshops:
Local artist Rico Dancel is offering two of his well-loved Paint ‘n Wine workshops. His theme, “Lavender Fields Forever.” No experience or materials are necessary! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Rico as he leads you and your friends through a guided painting workshop. You’ll take home your own original creation of a lovely lavender field. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $50 + HST. Call Serenity Lavender Farm at 519-984-2684

 

 

Children’s Activities:

Every child is an artist and we have lots of children’s activities planned for Lavender Festival 2019! So bring your children and delight in the enchanting world of lavender where they can express their creativity in the chalk walk and colour station, be entertained by the whimsical story telling and readings of local children’s authors including Jane Buttery and Kara Koostra , explore the lavender labyrinth and experience the dance of the butterflies, go on a curiosity invoking adventure with our children’s scavenger hunt or simply write and tie a wish on the magical wishing tree.

 

 

Come join us for this fun filled weekend at Serenity Lavender Farm!

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Decoupage Eggs Workshop

Join us in the traditional art of decoupage! All supplies are provided to make a set of 3 beautiful eggs. Follow our lead or add your own artistic touches. Make the day extra special and book lunch prior to the workshop or afterward, in our own Bistro 42 (Meals are not included in the price of the workshop).

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Save the Date!

If you love all things lavender, you’ll want to save the date! Lavender Fest returns, June 22nd and 23rd this year. We’ve got lots of scent-sational fun in the works and we can’t wait to meet you! More details to come…stay tuned!

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We are open this winter!

Serenity Lavender is open year round for your shopping convenience. Come by on these cold days of winter and find soothing lavender teas and body products to pamper your mind and body. We also carry great gift ideas for the home.

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Be the Best You in 2019

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If you do, we would love to help you bring some of those promises into fruition. If you don’t, we have a few ideas to bring more of the things you love into your life for 2019.

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