B&B Family Farm

A Winter Wonderland is Helping Us Plan For the Future

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Winter brought us an unexpected amount of snow and days bundled up inside.  We want to share what he have been working on and hear what you do with your downtime from your garden activities in the Winter.

It has been cold! No, really it has been really cold.  In fact, one day I compared our temperature to "cold" areas around the world and we were colder than the arctic! (It was only one odd day, I am being dramatic) Since we moved to the Olympic Peninsula three years ago it has snowed once; this year we have had multiple snow days already.  And with this rare event comes other concerns, like not crashing our car when trying to buy groceries or take the kids swimming.  But you know who loves it... This girl!

You know who doesnt love it?  Chickens!

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All of that aside we are thankful to have this time with our family to brainstorm new products, and find ways to further share our story this Spring and Summer.  We developed a new bug spray that was been mailed out to friends in more mosquito infested areas this fall, and it has been a huge hit!  It is all natural and deet free;  we already have it up in our shoppe.  We are also working on a new bar soap scent.  On top of those new products when the snow has thawed we have prepped another acre of land to plant approximately 3000 lavender plants this spring.  This will take us very close to 10,000 plants once we are complete.  Growth is exciting!  However, my back is already sore thinking about being hunched over planting our new baby lavenders.  

In addition to our farm focuses we have spent time in our own home checking boxes off of the proverbial "list."  We have also made it a point to spend quality time with one another playing games, throwing snowballs, and snuggling.  We are grateful despite the cold toes in the morning.  

What are you doing this time of year?  Do you use this time to prepare or to relax?  To anticipate or reflect?  Are you looking forward to Spring?  Potato planting is right around the corner for the garden and I can't wait!

About the Author:

Zion is our enthusiastic Master Gardener, he has attended many classes and workshops on sustainable farming.  Zion hails from southern California, and he brings a myriad of experiences from his past profession as an account executive in San Diego. When Zion and Kristy added Harper to their life, they wanted to get out of the city and live closer to family. When Bruce and Bonnie found the Angel lavender farm (now B&B Family Farm) for sale,  they asked Kristy and Zion if they would like to partner and be lavender farmers.  Kristy and Zion jumped in with both feet.

Thanks For a Great Season!

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What a great season! We are getting ready to close up The Shoppe and take down the flags. And sleep! Well, not the sleeping part although it does help that the sun isn't rising at 5:00 am anymore. But we are still busy de-budding, distilling some second blooms and getting orders shipped out. We hope to have all the lavender down from the chains by the end of October.

Our little lavender girl helping clean the bud, one stem at a time.

Our little lavender girl helping clean the bud, one stem at a time.

And then its project time and holiday planning and product making and don't forget trimming those 6000 plants! Oh, and figuring out what to do with the 10 billion apples and pears that came off our trees this year. Applesauce anyone? Not that we're complaining, but we are still learning how to manage all these bonus features of an awesome old farm.

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Not sure who is enjoying this more

Those of us with Southern California in our blood struggle with the winter season around here, but it helps to keep busy and set goals. And man, do we have a lot of goals and dreams floating around our heads about how to make our farm better. We have a farm meeting almost every week to keep us all on track and make sure we're not getting lazy or forgetting something. Now sometimes this meeting happens with some Jose's Mexican Food or during half-time of a football game, but we try to make time.

So although our farm is closing in a few days, we will be focusing more of our efforts on the website and offering some fun holiday specials. Keep a look out! And if you haven't signed up for our newsletter, you should! (You can do that here.) We offer special deals and recipes you probably don't want to miss.