Tuesday Pesto Making at Southern Made!

This Tuesday, July 14th, we will be using fresh herbs to make garden pesto. Demonstration at 11:00 with sales during open hours at Southern Made on Broad and Crawford in Augusta. Dried lavender bundles will be available.

The sensational season--that of lavender drying!
The sensational season–that of lavender drying!

Summer Open House at “Southern Made” with White Hills Farm

BALMS at Southern Made!
BALMS at Southern Made!
Propagating native calamint for healthy teas!
Propagating native calamint for healthy teas!

What could be better than an iced tea and herb creations tasting event on Fourth of July Weekend?? The Farm Girls at Southern Made will be hosting an open house on July 3rd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with product demonstrations and goods from four local farms. Making herbal edibles will be the topic of the day and lavender creams and herb dipping oil blends will be introduced and created while you watch. A White Hills Farm native Georgia Calamint tea will be our feature of the day. Come see and sample!

Happy Fourth!

Lisa Kessler and the Girls at Southern Made

“Southern Made” is across from the KROC Center on Broad St., in the historic Harrisburg Neighborhood of Downtown Augusta**

Last Lavender Picking

BALMS 101, THIS FRIDAY
BALMS 101, THIS FRIDAY
Dahlia Days
Dahlia Days

June 26 will be our last Farm Friday event for 2015. Lavender bundles will still be available this week and then gone! Our theme on Friday is bath and beauty. We will be touring around 10:15 and then demonstrating balm making at 11:00. Our products will be available and we will be around after the demonstrations for questions and further assistance. We would love to have you, so come on out to the farm. Closed shoes recommended for tour**

Our 2015 Season!

Lavender and Dahlias
Lavender and Dahlias

We are glad to be launching the beginning of our lavender season. I began a new growing series with a speaking engagement at the Aiken Garden Show. Laurie Ritchie and I had fun demoing herbs and herb methods, and teaching a great group of people, while there.

Our gardens are turning purple quickly and we are ready to be open on-farm for a limited number of 2015 Farm Fridays. Our open hours will be from 10 am until 4 pm, with demonstrations at 11:00, WHF goods for sale and bundles of lavender cut on the spot!

Alexis is back to intern and assist this summer. Remember to wear good shoes for field tours!

May 29th Growing for Herbes de Provence in the South
June 12th Lavender’s Just Desserts
June 26th Lavender Bath and Body Preparations

Additionally, we are proud to announce that our goods will be available year ’round at Southern Made on Broad in Augusta! We are very excited to be working with the Farm Girls who are making it happen DOWNTOWN! Visit us, just across from the KROC Center, Tuesday through Saturday. More info at “Southern Made” on Facebook.

In the Purple!
Lisa

Enter, Spring…

As if nothing had happened, here is blessed spring. It has been a year of hardships and misgivings, a year of creeping back to life as it will be, very cautiously. Not unlike the unfolding of the hesitant pecan leaves and the slow unfurling of Lady Banks roses, bud by tightened bud, until the old-growth stem is full of knotted yellow flowers.

I have had many calls about tours and we certainly appreciate the interest. We will be on an abbreviated tour schedule this year. Our new store is under construction and our efforts will be concentrated on gettin’ her done! We will only be open for Farm Fridays during June and the first week of July. Specific times and dates will be posted here, in our May update, so come back here in May for further information. Until then, happy spring, live well each day!

Lady Banks Roses
Lady Banks Roses

Attention Friends!! Farm Fridays closed for the season!

Hello Friends,

We have had a wonderful lavender season at White Hills Farm. The development of our small enterprise has been enhanced tenfold by those of you who have come out and experienced our lavender beginnings. We are so grateful and loved meeting and doing business with all of you!

We do have news to share with you, however. Several family matters have steered us toward a decision to limit our season this year. Our seventeen year old niece, McKayla Creef, has been in a near fatal accident. We are going to be limiting some of our activities for the fall season to respond to the needs of our family. Our products will still be available for farm pick-up by phone appointment, and limitedly, through Augusta Locally Grown. Call us at 706-595-5081 or email, whitehillsfarm@gmail.com. and we will correspond with you!

All of your prayers and thoughts are much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Ben and Lisa Kessler
White Hills Farm

July 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, Dog Days of Summer Happenings!

Dog Days Dahlias will be for Sale!
Dog Days Dahlias will be for Sale!

Memory. My maternal grandmother, standing on the screened porch looking out across the field on a hot summer evening. “Young’uns, the Dog Days of Summer are upon us,” she would declare, wiping her Irish brow with a cotton hankie. Those Dog Days have arrived in Georgia, and not the Bulldog kind! Our surprisingly early and gorgeous lavender bloom is coming to an end for the season, but our Farm Fridays will continue with new herbs and veggies coming on and several exciting Fridays of demonstrations, in spite of Dog Days!

A list is in order, so here goes!

July 4th, Open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.. In our 11:00 demonstration, we will present a couple of tried and true herbal applications and teas for inflammation. Sounds serious, but it will be a fun, hands-on demo! Dried lavender bundles, many herbal bath and body and culinary items available for sale.

July 11th, We will not be open at the farm, as we are representing Georgia Grown at the Augusta, GA, state visitor center. Come out and see all your regional farm and agri-tourism options, along with other interesting local businesses at the Georgia State Line Visitor Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m..

July 18th, closed for vacation.

July 25th, Open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. with a very interesting morning demo at 11:00, at which time we will be making vinegar infusions from interesting and wonderful farm grown herbs. Lots of tastings and veggies. As always, our on farm sales of lavender products and culinary herbs continue.

Come on out to the Farm!

Lisa, Alexis and Jackson

Encounters

Just talkin'
Just talkin’

The deepest insights and blessings arrive by way of encounters, incidental or fated, unmediated by social devices and machinery. We committed to being open on Fridays to share our farm and its successes and disasters with folks who wanted an experiential visit to a little lavender farm. As is often the case, we have been given much in the sharing! We have met so many interesting and wonderful people this summer.

As our fresh lavender season winds up, we will be demonstrating the “sweet things” that may be created by including lavender in baking. Come on out to our demo event this Friday at 11 AM! Lavender cookies, lavender simple sugar uses and instructions, and a “how-to”, hands-on, lavender preparation for use in baking will be included.

Okay, really, there are only a few bundles of lavender left in the field. $7 cash and carry, LAST WEEK!

Lisa

White Hills Farm
1419 Fort Creek Rd.
Dearing, GA 30808
whitehillsfarm@gmail.com

Summertime Herb Blendings

Nothing better than a vining tomato!
Nothing better than a vining tomato!

Wild garlic, fresh tomatoes and leafy basil are presenting themselves with gusto and it is PESTO time! This Friday we will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM and will be making pesto for our 11:00 demo. Our signature basil blend includes columnar, purple and leafy green basils, all featured in the basil arrangements we sell through Augusta Locally Grown and on Farm Fridays. Pasta and pesto samples will be featured along with fresh, lavender lemonade. Dress for some summertime sizzle and Come On Out To The Farm this Friday!

A few lavender bundles do remain, $7 each, and all you can pick garlic is still available, $5.

Lisa Kessler
White Hills Farm
1419 Fort Creek Rd.
Dearing, GA 30808

Dynamic Infusions

The Art of Infusion
The Art of Infusion

We are loving our Farm Fridays! What a great crowd last week, all picking lavender bouquets, gorgeous wild garlic bulbils and making basil top dressing with us. Lavender is such a multi-talented June dancer. She feeds the bees, paints the field and offers amazing calming esters with the pinch of a single bud. And, yes, there are still a few bouquets to be had. We will be harvesting long stem for those who missed us last week.

Our 11:00 demonstration this week will be a real introduction to herbal oil infusions. A formulaic approach to farm grown materials and an informed knowledge of carrier oils make for the best and most consistent infusions. Comfrey and Lavender will be prepared and packed on the spot. Come out and see infusion at work!

Our aromatherapy oils, balms, soaps and culinary lavender and herb blends will be available for sale. Bouquets, first come, first serve. You pick garlic, all you can pull, $5! All sales, cash or check and carry.

Summer Wedding Blended Bouquets!
Summer Wedding Blended Bouquets!

See you Friday!

Lisa Kessler
White Hills Farm
1419 Fort Creek Rd.
Dearing, GA 30808
whitehillsfarm@gmail.com

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