We have two large lavender cultivations on our property, each serving a different purpose. The mature lavender plants that encircle the pool provide food for our honey bees, who produce a lovely Lavender honey. The second cultivation is comprised of seven-hundred plants in rows that are distilled into essential lavender oil and lavender water. The lavender is harvested by hand from the end of June till the middle of July. We also make products with lavender flowers which we sell in our gift shop, including: pot pourri, teas, soaps, bread, cakes and in jams.
During June and July our honey bees are busy collecting pollen from the lavender flowers which they turn into a lovely sweet floral honey. But their work isn't over just yet, in the late summer until early autumn they gather pollen from the surrounding mature chestnut trees. The result is a rich, dark bitter sweet honey that is ideal with blue cheese. We sell our honey in the gift shop.
Is a dried spice that is produced by the flower of Crocus Sativus. The bulbs are planted at the end of June and flowers in October. Over a two week period we pick the flowers in the early morning. Then the saffron stigmas are removed from the flowers, dried and stored to ensure the intense aroma is preserved. The bulbs are taken out of the ground every spring, separated and then replanted again in June. We sell the saffron spice as well as the bulbs.