America’s Small Business Development Center in Espanola has announced the “Lavender in the Valley Festival” hosted by its client, Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 12-13.
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm invites the public to join them and other Abiquiu businesses in celebrating the abundance and glory of lavender at the “Lavender in the Valley Festival.” Come spend a magical summer day in a magical spot nestled in the beautiful Chama River Valley of Abiquiu.
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm has been Espanola’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) client since the beginning and continues to use their services in their expansion stage. Purple Adobe Lavender Farm has been growing the finest lavender and manufacturing all natural bath and body products at the farm since 2004. The Lavender in the Valley Festival is a celebration of its bounty and of community.
Visitors are invited to stroll through the lavender fields which will be in full bloom; sit and relax under the ancient cottonwoods; play at lavender craft making; walk the newly established labyrinth; shop in the lavender store – where you will find something for everyone; buy fresh cut lavender in the Zen Nursery; enjoy a refreshing cup of lavender tea, delicious scones (gluten free) or chocolate truffles at the new Lavender Tea House. Local artisans will be demonstrating and selling their work, while musicians will add to the festive ambiance.
“The only way to discover ones unlimited potential is to find your passion, learn everything you can about it and surround yourself with experts,” America’s SBDC Director Julianna Barbee said. “This is exactly what Elizabeth Inman owner of Purple Adobe Lavender farm continues to do. It has been an exciting journey to see this business grow! In today’s glocal market it is important to think of business in a different way and open the doors to different markets while keeping your environment in mind.”
Look for the purple flags throughout the valley marking participating businesses such as Rising Moon Gallery, which showcases a wonderful stable of local artists. The Abiquiu Inn has created a culinary delightful menu from chocolate chunk lavender pancakes for breakfast to sweet lemon corn cake with lavender syrup and raspberries for dessert and lavender infused entrees to suit any taste. A wonderful stop for lunch or dinner after a day of celebrations.
They will also have artists creating under their cottonwoods. Pizza more in line with your taste buds? Then be sure to stop at Mamacita’s! No day is complete in Abiquiu without a visit to Ghost Ranch. Make sure to make time to enjoy this special oasis, once a dude ranch, an archaeological treasure, and not to forget, special place to renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
“I thank the Espanola SBDC for all they are doing for the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm,” Inman said. “Finding an organization with such a level of competence and expertise is critically important to the success of small businesses. Julianna and Ida are always available and they provide informative business workshops for the small business owner.”
The farm is located between mile markers 210 and 211 on Hwy. 84.
For more information on Americas Small Business Development Center, visit www.nmsbdc.org
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