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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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Serenity Lavender Shop Holiday Open House

We’ve Decked our Halls with Christmas Cheer. Come experience the spirit of the Holiday season at Serenity Lavender! Our Holiday Open House is next weekend so save the date! Come taste our holiday teas and Christmas sweets. Learn how to cook with lavender and take home some of our favourite recipes, And be sure to check out our new men’s line and other great seasonal products! Hourly draws and lots of holiday cheer! We’d love to see you!

December 1st & 2nd

11am-6pm

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Mmmm … Lavender Honeycomb

In the New Year we teamed up with Anderdon Apiaries with the goal of bringing to  you our customers some 100% natural lavender honey.  Even though the spring was hard on our lavender plants that first crop of honey had the subtle delicate of lavender.  The bees gathered the nectar from those little purple lavender flowers and it transformed the flavour of the honey perfectly.  We have been wanting to offer lavender honey for a few years now and did not want to infuse the flavour of lavender into the honey.  We wanted mother nature’s pure and natural version with the help of our friends, the honey bees.  Our patience paid off and despite the damage we sustained to our lavender plants we were able to offer 100% natural unpasturized lavender honey, and boy was it delicious.

 

Once the lavender bloom was finished the bees moved onto to consuming the nectar from all those pretty wildflowers around the farm.  This honey was collected, placed in jars and is still available in our retail shop. It’s a wonderful product too, for all you honey lovers.

As the season  progressed our friends at Anderdon apiaries collected the honey comb and we are thrilled to announce that Honey comb is now in store!

 

Honey in the comb is pure, simple and its you to places liquid honey can’t.  It’s totally safe to eat and people have been doing so for thousands of years.  It’s fantastic over a bowl of oatmeal, slathered on a baguette with brie, finely chopped and topped on a salad with finely crumbled goat cheese or on your next charcuterie board.  It keeps forever and you can store it at room temperature.  Its good for you to. But best of all, it’s made from    he nectar of the lavender plants and wildflowers at Serenity Lavender Farm and tastes delicious.

 

 

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Twilight tour- Learn to prune and grow Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come for this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to prune, plant, harvest and care for your lavender plant. We’ll give you a hands on demonstration of how to prune, give you companion planting ideas and discuss the culinary uses for lavender too! Workshop fee includes a workbook and a lavender plant to give you joy for years to come!

Cost $25.00 +hst.  Tickets available on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/twilight-tour-learn-to-prune-grow-lavender-tickets-50014640135

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Lavender Festival 2018 is here!!

Serenity Lavender is proud to host our 6th Annual Lavender Festival! This event was inspired by the beautiful aromas flavours and colours of lavender.  Mother Nature was not kind to our beautiful lavender plants this winter, with the freeze thaw cycles we suffered significant crop loss and plant damage, but with every hardship comes opportunity.  We took this opportunity to redesign our lavender gardens and to teach our customers how to assess plants for cold damage and how to prune plants.

This year the festival incorporates our recently opened hospitality facility and Bistro 42.  We’re offering activities for adults and children alike.

For adults there is a Tai Chi demonstration, Yoga class, Alcohol Ink class, Lavender Wand demonstration, Cooking demonstration, Lavender tours, Artists and Artisan alley, live music all day long, and of course artisanal crafted lavender culinary, bath and body products made with our farm grown lavender

We’re ready to entertain your children with whimsical storytelling and readings from local children’s authors, musical interludes, exploration of the lavender labyrinth, chalk art area, the magical wishing tree and if they’re lucky they may even witness the dance of the butterflies.

Come join us for a “Scentscational Experience”

 June 30th and July 1st

10 am – 5 pm

130 County Road 50 East Colchester

Free Admission

Food and beverages available for purchase throughout the day.

Reservations required for Bistro 42.

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8 Ways Lavender Can Beat Winter Woes

Winter is here! And alongside winter fun come the challenges of the season, including dry skin, chapped lips, and keeping your house feeling spring fresh. Here are a few tips and tricks for meeting winter’s challenges head on so you can enjoy beauty of the season.

  1. Improve Sleep: A good night’s sleep is important, and Lavender helps to naturally relax the body and mind to encourage a restful sleep:
    1. Linen Spray – lightly mist sheets and pillows with Serenity Lavender Farm Linen Spray. You can spray your sheets when you turn the bed down at night, or in the morning while making the bed.
    2. Sachet – Tuck a sachet under the pillow when you make your bed. Flip your pillow over as you go to bed for a gentle scent of lavender.
    3. Essential Oil – lightly dab Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil behind your ears or on the bottoms of your feet.
    4. Diffuser – Serenity Lavender Farm Lavender Diffuser will gently release its scent through natural reed diffuser sticks
  2. Treat your Feet: Feet can take a beating in the winter and should receive some extra TLC.
    1. Foot Bath – add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to a warm foot bath to relax and relieve stress.
    2. Foot Cream – mix a several drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to Coconut Oil. Spread on dry, cracked feet then put on a pair of socks before going to bed.
  3. Nosebleeds: The dry air can irritate the skin in our nasal passages and nosebleeds can result. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Serenity Lavender Oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Place the wrapped ice against the base of the nose above the top lip and hold it there until the bleeding stops or as long as comfortable. Do not freeze your lip or gum.
  4. Relief for Eczema: Cold weather can exacerbate eczema and dermatitis. Add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to coconut oil and use topically.
  5. Spring Clean: Bring the fresh feel of spring into your home! Combine water with white vinegar and a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to wash floors, mirrors, glass, and any hard surface. This DIY cleaner is environmentally friendly and child/pet safe. [Note: do not mix vinegar with chlorine products.]
  6. Cold Sore Relief: place a drop of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil on a cold sore for pain relief and to speed healing. Lavender is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Try it on dry, cracked lips for fast relief.
  7. Freshen Bathrooms: place a drop or two of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil on the cardboard core of toilet paper when restocking the bathroom. Alternately, you can also spritz the inside of the roll with Serenity Lavender Farm Linen Spray. Each time paper is taken from the roll it will release the fresh scent of lavender.
  8. Cold/Sinus Relief: Lavender can bring quick relief from colds and sinus infections.
    1. Add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to boiling water and inhale the steam to open nasal passages, relieve coughing and throat irritation, and naturally aid in treating sinus infections.
    2. Rub a drop of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil near nasal passages, on the back of the neck, at the temple, and on the forehead—avoiding the eyes—for relief from sinus pressure and inflammation.
    3. Put a pinch of Serenity Lavender Farm Culinary Lavender in your tea, or brew a cup of one of Serenity Lavender Farm’s specialty teas to aid in sleeping and bring relief to irritated throats.

A little lavender goes a long way
to brighten your winter, naturally!

 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Save the date!! Lavender Festival 2018

Sometimes it’s best to brainstorm when you are far away from all the hustle and bustle of the daily routine of home an work.  Last year Serenity’s Lavender Festival exceeded all of our expectations.  The turnout was amazing, the weather was picture perfect but we did not yet have our new hospitality centre and so with a new building smack dab in the centre of our parking and vendor area, with  a full service restaurant open 7 days a week,  a brainstorming session was in order.  Over the next few months we’ll be rolling out the Festival activities.  A sprinkle of new with old making this an even better festival for all ages!

Lavender is, of course still  the star of the show and choosing a date can be a challenge not too early and not too late to miss the peak of bloom.  And then there are all the other wonderful festivals in Windsor Essex to keep in mind.  We’ve chosen June 30th and July 1st and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that mother nature is as kind to us as she was last year!  So pencil that date into your calendars and we hope to see you for another Scentscational Experience!!! 

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A perfect pairing for a cup of Lavender tea – Lavender Lemon tea cookies

Here’s a nice easy recipe for Lavender Lemon tea cookies that we’ve adapted from Dietitians of Canada, COOK!  A tea time favourite- oooh so pretty too! They are a perfect pairing with a cup of Serenity Lavender’s Lavender Earl Grey tea on a cold winter’s day or just a nice treat to chase away the winter blues.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup Serenity Lavender’s lavender sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine

1 large egg beaten

1/2 cup 2% milk

2 tsp lemon extract

 

Frosting:

1 cup icing sugar

2 1/2 – 3 tbsp 2% milk

2 tsp non-hydrogenated margarine

1 tsp lemon extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)

In a large bowl, combine flour, lavender sugar and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and lemon extract. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until a stiff dough forms (do not over mix).

Drop 1 tablespoonful (15 mL) about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Frosting:

In small bowl, combine icing sugar, milk, margarine and lemon extract to form a smooth, thin frosting.

Drizzle frosting over cooled cookies and top with Serenity Lavender’s Culinary lavender buds.

Makes about 30 cookies

 

Excerpted from Dietitians of Canada, COOK! by Mary Sue Waisman, photos by Colin Erricson © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. 

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A perfect day for a cup of tea!

A perfect day for a cup of tea…. we’re tasting some new teas and can’t wait to share our new releases with you! Of course they are all blended with our own lavender grown locally at Serenity Lavender Farm. The flavours of our culinary lavender varieties are matched to enhance the flavours of the tea.  We grow a number of varietals that are unique to Ontario and Canada.   So,  coconut ice with it’s spearmint flavours and aromas are a perfect match to our Spearmint tea, which incidently is a great tea to help with digestion. All of teas are fair trade and where possible organically grown.  We are always looking for recommendations.

So,what’s your favourite tea?

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