July has arrived at Damali in a bloom of purple. The hot sunny weather has put things about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and we have already harvested our Munstead lavender for hanging in the drying the shed. We will give the plants another week to fully mature and will be distilling essential oil next weekend. As the other varieties mature we will be harvesting for different purposes from then until the middle of August, this is a great time to come for a visit to the farm and wander among the lavender plants and gardens, in the vineyard (which is showing signs of a good first harvest) in the labyrinth or for having a peek in the fully stuffed drying shed.
Our vision for the farm has manifested and visitors from all over the world are recognizing it’s likeness to some farms in the Provence region of France. Our next project will be to convert the barn into a winery/vinegary. We have already starting making vinegar with wine purchased from a local vineyard and we hope to have some product ready for tasting at the Wine & Culinary Festival in September.
Speaking of festivals, plans are well underway for our 2nd annual Lavenderfest happening on August 8. There will be essential oil distilling demonstrations, arts & crafts, games, tours, lavender food, music and more. As seems to be the case with so many people, we have lost close family members and friends to cancer over the past year so we’ve decided to hold our Lavenderfest as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. A portion of the gate and from each essential oil sold will be going to the cause so we hope to see lots of people out in support and to have some fun. If our fundraising target is reached by 3pm Marsha & I will be having our heads shaved. You can learn more about our fundraiser by visiting our Damali Events page where donations are already coming in.
The beautiful vision that is 'Damali' is a great place to slow down the pace, rejuvenate your soul, indulge your senses and remember to enjoy every moment of your life.
We hope to see you soon at the farm Hope to see you soon.
Alison, Marsha & Dave