I just returned home from a family reunion in the mountains right outside of Asheville North Carolina. It was a long journey, but definitely a worthy adventure. I’d never driven more than 5 hours in my life and this trip took 11 1/2 hours. I now feel a new sense of accomplishment and empowerment and am looking forward to my next adventure.
While we were there, we did some hiking, swimming, art fair browsing, ‘gem’ mining and took a little trip up the mountain to a cute little farm called Mountain Farm. The farm features goats, lavender and blueberries and was as cute as a button. The farm shop featured hand crafted products with both goats milk and lavender. I was in heaven walking through that ever so darling little shop. You can visit their site, www.mountainfarm.net and find their etsy shop to check out their products. Soaps, salves, lotions, teas, balms, salt blends (I bought the smoky salt blend, and OH MY!). Also find them on facebook: Mountain Farm.
I personally use lavender just about daily in my home, mainly in the form of essential oil. I use it for muscle tension and stress relief and as a nice aroma to fill my home. I now plan to use it in my cooking more often and enjoy it in many tea blends as well. I buy my dried lavender through Mountain Rose Herbs and my essential oil through Be Young Essential Oils (use rep# 12331 when making a purchase). Hopefully, you’ll be seeing some recipes coming forth soon. This lavender peach ice cream looks divine though – I may have to try it stat! Here is a really basic post called Lavender 101 to further introduce you to the use of lavender, and it’s more than just to make things smell nice!
Did you know that August is National Goat Cheese month? I sure didn’t – my trip to Mountain Farm informed me of this fact. I personally LOVE goat cheese, and it’s a good thing too because I’m not as tolerant of all cow’s milk products and cheeses. I purchased a lovely lavender infused aged raw goat’s milk cheese while I was in NC, it went great as a snack with my lavender, mint & chamomile tea. I’ve got a few recipes on the site that use goat cheese; Herbed Goat Cheese & Zucchini Fritatta (great for this time of year), Hot Artichoke & Goat Cheese Dip, Radish & Pea Salad with Goat Cheese, Creamy Feta Dressing and lastly, Grilled Mushrooms Stuffed with Herbed Goat Cheese. Try some goat cheese this month if you haven’t already and support a local goat farm!
The blueberry bushes had been mostly picked over, but we were able to pick about a quart or so just for the fun of it. My boys eat a LOT of blueberries. My one son only likes the wild blueberries that I buy frozen and insisted that he did not like fresh ones all summer long. Thankfully, that changed after he spent some time picking fresh ones. He now happily eats fresh blueberries, go figure. I hate to admit it, but I do not have any recipes featuring blueberries on the site. We like blueberries all by themselves so much that I never bother to create any recipes for them. I do, however, have a fabulous lemon blueberry muffin recipe I’ll have to share soon. In the meantime, check out this Blueberry Recipe Round Up – I’m not sure all of the recipes are gluten free so be sure to investigate further. Most definitely check out this recipe for Apricot Blueberry popsicles too – I’ll be gathering supplies to make these babies this week!
That wraps up my little visit to Mountain Farm. I wanted to share some of my own inspiration with you in this post. If you are ever near Asheville, North Carolina be sure to check out their most adorable little farm!
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