June 1, 2015
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Sweet Release - Lavender Fields Forever 

Everyone likes a little nose candy. But have you thought of going right to the source here in Chatham County? You no longer have to get your "lavender fix" from the south of France. We've got you covered!

Mezza Luna Lavender Farm is a family owned farm run by Lourdes Santos, her husband and three children. The fields are opened to the public from May 29th till June 14th from 9:00am till 6:00pm. You're invited to bring a picnic, make it a family outing, take pictures, harvest some lavender, buy lavender items, enjoy activities for your kids; such as face painting, crafts, cornhole, baseball and more.

Santos sells Lavender ice cream, made locally by Fresh Local Ice Cream of Raleigh (see article below about Fresh Local Ice Cream). Lavender soaps in several fragrances and sizes are sold was well as other homemade goods. If you'd like to pre-order soaps, please email your interest so they have an idea of how many to make. It takes four weeks to cure and supplies could run low. The beautiful and wonderful fragrant soaps and sachets make great gifts for all occasions.

Mezza Luna Lavender Farm has about 1,500 lavender plants of about a dozen different varieties. Some are deep purple, others are less striking, but more fragrant. Santos can tell you all about the different varieties, pointing out which ones are best for cooking and which ones are best for oils and fragrances.

She also can tell you that she can't make lavender bloom on "her" schedule. She has to adhere to Mother Nature. So some plants are ready for picking now and others will be ready over the next two weeks. But she's happy to open up her small farm to the public. She envisions families spending a casual few hours here with picnics, lavender picking and activities for kids.

Visit this family farm to see the various types of lavender. Learn about lavender, pick your own, and hear about its decorative and healthy uses from the owner and grower, Lourdes Santos, in scenic Chatham County.

Cooking with Lavender - Lavender is best known for its fragrant, delicate Provencal appearance in soaps, sachets, essential oil and other body care products. At least in the US, using culinary lavender to enhance a recipe with a Mediterranean sway is a road less traveled. Lavender use has broadened over the past years with recipes showcasing the aromatic herb in everything from desserts to cocktails with savory dishes in between. It's time for you to keep culinary lavender in your spice pantry and enjoy incorporating it in everything from salads to a simple favorite Roasted Lavender Potatoes dish that we bet will become a hit in your home.

When cooking with lavender it is key to ensure using culinary/edible lavender and not lavender prepared for things like potpourri. (Be sure to ask Lourdes at Mezza Luna which lavender is best used for cooking.) With a small amount added to many recipes, a ho-hum dish can be elevated to having international flair!

Being particularly compatible with the flavors of honey and lemon, lavender is a perfect summertime herb to brighten seasonal foods. Some of our favorite recipes will whet your appetite to try some lavender in your own kitchen this summer. These recipes are made with simple, whole ingredients, bursting with flavor to perk up grilling, salads, dessert, libations and more. Naturally gluten-free too! Enjoy these recipes!

Lavender Mojito - Made by Sondra Bernstein at the Girl & the Fig in Sonoma, CA. Here's her recipe.

Pink Lemonade Lavender Thyme Sorbet - This sorbet is cooling, thirst-quenching and packed with sophisticated flavors of thyme and lavender to compliment the Pink Lemonade. Recipe.

Lavender Roasted Potatoes - There is nothing better than a crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on- the-inside roasted potato.  And the addition of the lavender makes it a whole different and soul-satisfying dish. Here's Toni Dash's recipe from Boulder, CO.

Honey Lavender Ice Cream - In the movie "It's Complicated" there's a scene when Adam was having dinner with Jane, he leaves, and Jake came in and ate the left over Croque-Monsieur and honey lavender ice cream. Yes, that ice cream, you can now make. Here's the recipe!

Mezza Luna Lavender Farm - 1850 New Hope Church Rd. Apex, NC 27523
Phone: (919) 303-7097
Days/Hours Open -  May 29-June 14, 9:00am till 6:00pm

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Not all ice cream is created equal. The summer is all about great snacks to help cool you off and this is a favorite places in the Triangle area for ice cream! 


Fresh Local Ice Cream at the Oak Park Shopping Center on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh is serving up some mighty fresh, all natural ice cream. They use Hormone and Antibiotic Free ice cream mix from Jackson Dairy Farm in Dunn, NC. These weekly dairy supplies are delivered to the shop where they make the ice cream...all made on location! Fresh cream, fresh flavors and fresh atmosphere for a healthy, creamy treat!


You'll choose from a large selection of homemade flavors and the ice cream is always very creamy. If you request a flavor, they'll make it! Just let them know what you'd like them to create. Try their Lavender flavored ice cream which was a request from Mezza Luna Farms. (See article above.)   


Meet Brett! He's the mastermind behind all of this delicious ice cream and the many invented flavors. He's been making ice cream for the last 30 years, and he's been creating amazing flavors at Fresh for the past four years. Originally from New York, Brett now lives in North Carolina, and his mission is to provide everyone in Raleigh the freshest local ice cream possible.


There's outdoor seating, umbrellas for shade, and music for you to listen to. Fresh  goal is to serve all natural, fresh treats, in a fun environment. You'll order your ice cream (or shake, float, etc.) from one window and pick it up from another window. Try a scoop of the salted caramel & fudge which is so rich in flavor you'll be begging for more. You'll never get tired of Fresh because they have an unending list of unique flavors to try!


What makes Fresh so special? They put a lot of passion and time into their ice cream, and work hard on creating delicious flavors without compromising on the best quality dairy.


Come see what's new at Fresh Local Ice Cream.


Fresh Local Ice Cream - 6033 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612. Phone (919) 785-5030

Hours: Mon - Thu:11:00am - 11:00pm, Fri - Sat: 11:00am - 12:00am, Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm



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