A visitor to Purple Adobe Lavender Farm takes a close look in the fields. Courtesy photo
Annual Lavender In Valley Festival July 11-12
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm and other participating businesses invite the public to join them at the Annual Lavender in the Valley Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11-12. The Farm is between mile markers 210 and 211 on Hwy. 84 in Abiquiu.
It’s an invitation to spend a magical summer day, in a magical spot nestled in the beautiful Chama River Valley, celebrating the abundance and glory of lavender and community.
“Last year’s festival was such a success due in part to the large amount of help and guidance we received from the Espanola SBDC [Small Business Development Center] with networking and marketing” owner Elizabeth Inman said.
“This event is another example of how collaboration, training and networking have a huge impact on a growing business. The Espanola SBDC expert help and guidance has helped me reach my goals of expansion.”
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm has been growing the finest lavender and manufacturing all-natural bath and beauty products at the farm since 2004. The Festival is a celebration of its bounty and of community.
“This year at the festival, we’re fortunate to have Ronald Roybal on board on Sunday, playing his beautiful guitar and flute music, and we’ll be serving tons of lavender goodies in the Tea House, like lavender scones and gelato, fresh garden salads and soup, so it should be a good time,” Inman said.
There will be plenty to do and see as visitors stroll through the lavender fields, which will be in full bloom, Inman said. Sit and relax under the ancient cottonwood trees, take a meditative stroll through the newly added labyrinth, shop for farm-made lavender body, bath and culinary products in the Gift Shop or stop by the Tea House for some home-made lavender scones with lavender tea.
Native American musician Ronald Roybal will perform
at the Farm Sunday. Courtesy photo
Renowned guest artist Tracy Turner Sheppard will work at her easel, inspired by the lavender fields. A host of other local artists will be demonstrating and selling their work.
“Tracy’s paintings are such an inspiration. They’re lush and vibrant and gorgeous,” Inman said. “We loved her work when she did our festival a few years ago and invited her to be the featured artist this year. In fact, we made the poster from one of her pieces, which she’ll be signing during the festival.”
There are several exciting additions to the farm this year, including a new menu focusing on specialty teas and healthy lavender desserts in the Tea House, with an addition of organic salad and soup during the festival. All baked goods are 100 percent gluten-free and made right on the farm.
Mother’s Day was celebrated with the installation, of a walking labyrinth, stone by individual stone, placed by visitors to the farm.
“I’d been wanting to build a labyrinth at the farm for a long time after seeing some in formal gardens in Europe,” Inman said. “I love the meditative quality of walking a labyrinth and feel like it complements the soothing effects of lavender.”
Look for the purple flags throughout the village marking participating businesses, including Rising Moon Gallery, Abiquiu Inn, Bodes, D.B. Kitchen and Ghost Ranch, each of which will have special interactive lavender-themed activities of its own for plenty of fun throughout the valley.
“Targeted collaboration, training and networking with the right people have a huge impact on a growing business,” Espanola SBDC Director Julianna Barbee said. “Purple Adobe Lavender Farm continues to creatively grow because Elizabeth has the passion and drive it takes to run a business and to see what could be, and acts on it. It’s great to help entrepreneurs create their own destiny and grow a business that they love and enjoy going to each day.”