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Photo by Pat Sunderland This visitor from Denver sampled the scents from different varieties of lavender grown on Conner Orchards near Hotchkiss. She and her friends were on the self-guided tours as part of the eighth annual Colorado Lavender Festival.
Photo by Pat Sunderland Laurie Conner dishes up a sample of a tasty lavender/cherry sorbet featuring locally grown cherries and lavender from her field. As part of Sunday’s tour she showcased ways to utilize lavender in cooking. She and her husband, Ed, added lavender to their orchards of cherries and apples in 2011.

Lavender tour draws visitors to local farms

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After spending Saturday, June 30, in Palisade telling folks about her products at the eighth annual Colorado Lavender Festival, Laurie Conner welcomed visitors to her operation at Conner Orchard near Hotchkiss on Sunday, July 1, during self-guided tours of area lavender farms.

Lamborn Mountain Farmstead near Paonia was the other Delta County farm participating in the tours.

As Laurie demonstrated ways to incorporate lavender into your cooking, her husband Ed was in the field to explain the difference in the varieties of lavender they grow. He also fielded questions about the orchard's cherries, apricots, plums, peaches and apples.

From the seven different varieties of lavender they grow, Laurie creates a tempting array of products. She makes the oil and the hydrosol, sprays, lip butters, sachets and bath soak bags, and foot care products. She also crafts a line of culinary products such as a lavender tea and a lavender hot chocolate mix, and sells food-grade lavender buds for use in recipes.

Visit www.connerorchards.com for details of their operation.

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