Our labels from 2010 to through 2013
Sadly, this year we have not renewed our organic certification. Our sales could not support the $1,000 yearly fee and the $2,000,000.00 insurance. But we do believe in organic farming, and we still grow our plants in exactly the same organic manner.
Our first lavenders bloomed on June 10th
Our goji berries and lavender are all organic.
In August we were excited to have our distilling certified organic by One Cert.
This means our oils and hydrosols can now be labeled
USDA Certified Organic.
Also our culinary lavender processing is now
USDA Certified Organic by OneCert
We had a much bigger crop than expected in2013 .We netted our gojis, so we were harvesting instead of the birds. This made walking between the rows a little more difficult, but was definately worth it.
When we harvest we wear hats, sunscreen, long pants and long sleeves ( to protect us from thorns) I've also decided my sandals with buckles are a menace - they get tangled in the netting, So socks and tennis shoes have joined my goji harvesting wardrobe.
We just lift up the netting and pull up a chair underneath and start picking the individually ripest berries. Ripe berries are red orange Right next to a ripe berry will be a green one, an orange one and a flower- so careful selection is important. Watch out for thorns.
If you want to buy or pick berries, just give us a call to make sure we have enough ripe gojis and that the ground is not too wet from irrigation. We irrigate on Monday and Tuesday. Berries are juciest on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Our 2014 harvest starts on June 15th.
We got one crop and the birds got the rest! We hope to get more in September and Ocotober.
4.25 ounces retail for $10.00
U-pick 4.25 ounces for $5.00
The smallest berries are the sweetest and are great snacking.
Gojis can be used in salads, soups, smoothies, baking and last up to a week in the refrigerator. They also freeze beautifully.