Lavender & Garlic in the Village Festival
The event on Saturday, July 12, 2014, was part of the Los Ranchos Growers' Market and was a huge success!
On Saturday, July 12, the Los Ranchos Growers' Market featured the Lavender and Garlic Celebration with extended hours from 7:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW. This year's event was much smaller in size as compared to previous years and was not held at the Los Ranchos Agri-Nature Center. The Lavender Festival has undergone some changes over the years. Since the Lavender in the Village Board of Directors has announced that it will no longer produce the annual festival, the Growers’ Market will sponsor a Lavender and Garlic Celebration, similar to what the market did in 2011, when the festival took a sabbatical. This year on this day, vendors will have fresh cut lavender bouquets, special lavender products, lavender plants, various types of garlic, and special products featuring garlic. Classes and demonstrations will include cooking with lavender and garlic; growing lavender; growing and harvesting garlic; using lavender, as well as lavender wand demonstrations. There is no Village-wide celebration this year.
The market featured fresh cut lavender bouquets, lavender plants, companion plants, special lavender products, various types of garlic, and special products featuring garlic.
- 4-H students had a booth with face painting and tattoos, and sold watermelon!
The Ask the Expert Tent Featured:
- 7:45 – 8:15 am: Cooking with Lavender & Garlic (Savory) – Mia Maes
- 8:30 – 9:00 am: Growing Lavender & Companion Plants – Jennifer Timms-Hobson, Jericho
- 9:15 – 10:15 am: Using Lavender/ Lavender Wand demo /garlic braiding demo – Monica Canaris
- 10:30 – 11:00 am: Growing Garlic – Ray Arrowsmith
- 11:15 – 11:45: Cooking with Lavender (Sweets) – Troy Lapsys, Joliesse Chocolates
- 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Cooking with Lavender & Garlic (Savory) – Mia Maes
Some of the vendor specials included lavender and garlic as well as various purple veggies:
- Nancy's Jams and Jellies: 4 types of lavender/fruit jams (strawberry, blueberry, apricot and peach)
- Green Growler Smoothies: Blueberry/Lemon/Lavender Smoothies
- Old Windmill Dairy: lavender lemon chèvre, sage/thyme/garlic chèvre
- Joliesse Chocolates: lavender infused syrup
- Cravin Cookies: lavender shortbread cookies, lavender pound cake, lavender lemonade
- Lasol - garlic braids and fresh garlic, purple eggplant
- Mia Maes: lavender herb rub
- Little Ranch Creamery: Herbs de Provence Flat breads
- Montoya's Garden: lavender bouquets and sachets
- Jericho Nursery: lavender and companion plants
- Arrowsmith's: fresh garlic
- Lewandowski: Purple potatoes, purple carrots
- OnePotatoToo (Lauren): Purple peppers
- Brawley: fresh lavender bouquets, lavender products, fresh garlic
- Geri's Catering: lemon lavender cakes, lavender lemonade, fresh garlic in her burritos
- Los Poblanos Farm Store: lavender products, lavender -raspberry jam, herbed pecans
Arts & Crafts Vendors: many had lavender themed arts/crafts, cards, etc.
- Rita Ryan, lavender themed pottery
- Marie Watkins, lavender tees
- Brooke Harper design: lavender dresses
- Pamela Armbrecht: lavender quilts
- Kevin Binkley: lavender soy candles
- Josie Mohr: lavender soap
Lavender represents not only a plant and fragrance but, more importantly, it represents a "lifestyle". This lifestyle is one of peace and serenity in a semi-rural, agricultural setting. It is one that most city dwellers can only dream of and visit on occasion. Our Lavender Festival gives the city dwellers a chance to get out of the city and decompress. Lavender, as well as our festival, represents romance and intrigue much like the name Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. The ditches are flowing, fields are greening up, alfalfa is being cut, and fruits and vegetables are growing. Visitors are treated to a vibrant display of rural and agricultural heritage.
The mission of the Lavender in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is to preserve and enhance Los Ranchos public open space, stimulate an interest in sustainable agriculture, with an emphasis on educating the public, including such matters as historic agriculture, lavender and its uses, and fostering community spirit.