Archive for November, 2012

US Lavender Growers Assoc.

November 27th, 2012 by victor

During the Ontario Lavender Conference I had an opportunity to meet up with some old friends and meet lots of people in the business of Lavender. It was a great event!

Among the people I spent some time with was Mary Bergstrom of the US Lavender Growers Association. This is a relatively new group founded in 2011 to promote lavender from the field to the finished product. Their goal is to support and promote the United States lavender industry through research, education, networking and marketing. It’s a huge undertaking to get an organization like this started but they have done a great job. Nearly 100 members since they opened the membership drive.

I have taken the liberty of borrowing a bit from their website to give you a quick idea of their goals and the benefits of being a member.

  • participating in and providing research about many areas;
  • education from basics to advanced topics;
  • networking and connecting with growers, crafters, vendors, users, and more;
  • marketing information and opportunities for you and the industry as a whole.

Be sure to check out their ‘Lavender 101’ for tips and information on all things lavender with plenty more information to come as the group continues to grow. For information on how to become a member visit them at With our support we can keep lavender a thriving industry in the United States.

Tim Upson, Victor, Mary Bergstrom

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Idea

November 21st, 2012 by victor

Culinary LavenderHere’s an idea for breakfast on Thanksgiving (or any day) – Banana Blueberry Muffins with Lavender. Found it on The recipe was contributed by Suzanne Hale and she says “These muffins are some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The lavender gives the flavor a slightly fresher taste, bringing out the vibrancy of the blueberries. You’ve got to try it! Serve warm with soft butter, if desired.”
Here’s an idea for the bird found on Country Living. It’s called ‘Provencal Rub for Roast Turkey’

Speaking of tasty recipes, I had an opportunity to spend some time with Kathy Gehrt this past week at the Ontario Lavender Conference. She authored the book Discover Cooking with Lavender. I’ve been looking through it and it’s full great recipes. I’m particularly looking forward to trying her Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Herb Crust. Makes me hungry just thinking about it. This is one book you should have in your kitchen library.

      Hope all of you have a Great Thanksgiving.