July 15-17th was the Sequim Lavender Festival. It’s the culmination of a spring filled with growing things that turn into sheer beauty. I love lavender, but I never knew that, in profusion, it can take your breath away.
Shannan and I spent the weekend at our neighboring farm, Jardin du Soleil, where we set up our newly decorated booth and met many new customers. Our booth has some extra pizazz, thanks to my photographer spouse who illustrates the beauty around us in his own inimitable way and allows us to display his work. (See jimwoodphotos.com)
Having blooming lavender as our backdrop was amazing and certainly lent to the atmosphere for the weekend.
We’ve had a great Spring and Summer so far. We’ve been participating in the Sequim Farmers Market on most weekends, meeting new people, making “market buddies,” and widening the exposure of the “spice girls!” OK, so perhaps the name is a bit of a stretch, but it seems to fit.
In Spring we finally succeeded in settling on our new labeling and updating our website as you’ve already seen. Shannan is a whiz at the keyboard, and thank goodness. (I managed to fry our printer just this week!)
One of the most exciting things we’ve done is develop three new sweet blends – Lavender Sugar, Lavender Vanilla Sugar, and Orange Sugar. Talk about yummy. Try some of any one of them in your lemonade or iced tea, over sugar cookies, in your scones, on your cereal, or rim your glass with some. Combining lavender with sugar is magic!
Another exciting development for Dungeness Gold is our new client, Kalaloch Lodge, a beautiful yet rustic lodge within the Olympic National Park, perched right at the edge of the Pacific. We had a great drive there a few weeks ago, provided samples, and they’ll be carrying our products in their gift shop in the coming weeks.
We’re fortunate to also have our products at Sunny Farms Country Store here in Sequim and our goal is to increase our wholesale business. For further exposure, we’re already looking into Holiday Bazaars and other opportunities. Right – who wants to think about Christmas when it’s sunny, warm, and smells so great? But that’s part of what retailing is about and so far, we love all of it!