For those of you who have been to one of our ranch tours, you’ll know that a field of lavender is what greets our guests when they come through our front gate. But more than a visual focal point, lavender has become a yearly symbol of the season here at McEvoy Ranch. Our customers look forward to buying fresh bunches from our Fresh From the Ranchdeliveries. And the bees use the blooms to create more honey, a product we occasionally sell in the shop as well.
In a few weeks we will start drying the lavender so that we can use it in many of our beloved products. We’ll distill some to include in our 80 acres lavender body care lineand add some to a big pot of apples, sugar, and lemon juice to make our Apple & Lavender Jelly. By putting some of our lavender in a this jelly we preserve a special moment in our year and share its enjoyment for months to come.
The flavors in this jelly really sing when eaten with a fresh or slightly salty cheese. It was a hit at the Slow Food Russian River Cheese Event when served with Weirauch Farm's fresh sheep cheese. It’s also great on some vanilla bean or Humphry Slocombe McEvoy Olive Oil ice cream. You can drink it with bubbly water (or champagne) as a refreshing spritzer. Or for a red, white, and blue party item, make a Granita by serving it over some shaved ice with a shot of cream and some blueberries. The taste will keep your guests a buzzin' like our bees and the scent will keep everything stress and drama free. Sounds like the perfect party to me.
Come try a sample of our Apple & Lavender Jellythis Thursday, July 5th at our Ferry Building shop.