Red Ridge Farms Extravaganza

EXPERIENCE A DAY OF ALL THINGS LAVENDER AT RED RIDGE FARMS LAVENDER EXTRAVAGANZA

redridgelavOn July 15th Guests can harvest their own lavender, learn to cook up unique dishes and enjoy lavender inspired treats

Dayton, Ore. (April 17, 2012) – The lavender fields at Red Ridge Farms will be prime on Sunday, July 15 for their annual Lavender Extravaganza, when the public is welcome to visit the property, stroll through the lush lavender fields, comprised of numerous different varieties and enjoy lavender-themed activities and treats. The event coincides with the Oregon Lavender Festival and celebrates all things lavender from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Since 2001 we have been planting and harvesting our lavender fields, which includes a broad selection of carefully cultivated varieties. Some of these lavenders are for culinary use while others are for making perfumes and essential oils,” said Penny Durant, co-owner of Red Ridge Farms and specialty gardener. “The extravaganza gives us the opportunity to share our passion for this stunning plant and teach our guests about the different ways lavender can be used in daily life.”

Lavender Extravaganza – July 15th event includes:
· Lavender Distillation – Watch the fascinating and fragrant art of creating pure essential oil
· U-pick Lavender – Stroll through numerous varieties of lavender and purchase a giant bundle of fresh lavender that you cut yourself (gloves and clippers provided) or pre-cut bunches to take home
· Special Refreshments – Lavender ice cream from Portland favorite Salt & Straw ice cream will be available for purchase, as well as fresh house-made lavender lemonade!

Featured Class – $45 per person, reservations required
The event also includes a special Cooking with Lavender class, a fun and delicious cooking demonstration that features many different ways to cook with lavender. Guests will also enjoy sampling through a tasty assortment of sweet and savory lavender courses and specialty drinks. The class is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $45 per person, which includes recipes and a fresh-cut bundle of lavender that can be used for culinary creations at home. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 503-864-8502.

Oregon Lavender Festival
For lavender enthusiasts, the Oregon Lavender Festival takes place throughout the state on July 14 and 15 and is a great way to tour dozens of different lavender destinations. Red Ridge Farms is part of the festival and will be open for tours and u-pick lavender from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more information about the festival, visit http://www.oregonlavenderdestinations.com.

About Red Ridge Farms
Red Ridge Farms, as featured in Food & Wine Magazine and EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine, is a family-owned, unique destination in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a nursery and garden shop, the Oregon Olive Mill, Durant Vineyards and a country cottage. Two lodging accommodations are available for guests, a one bedroom guest suite overlooking the valley and the two bedroom Stoneycrest cottage, which overlooks Durant Vineyards. Both properties are available to rent by the night, weekend or week and feature full kitchens and breathtaking views. The Durant family planted their first vineyard in the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1973 and are pioneers in Oregon’s wine industry. Many of the original vineyards continue to flourish and produce grapes today. Leading the way in agricultural ventures, the Durants opened Red Ridge Farms in 2001, a herb and specialty plant nursery, and have planted one of the largest olive groves in Oregon. At the Oregon Olive Mill, they process their olives into oil using olive varietals grown on site including: Arbequina and Picual from Spain, Leccino, Pendolino, and Coratina from Italy and Koroneiki from Greece. The bottled olive oil is augmented by additional olives from California as the trees reach their full maturity. The Oregon Olive Mill also houses an event space with a patio overlooking the Willamette Valley used for corporate and private events. Durant Vineyards provides wine grapes to the premier wineries in Oregon and also produces over 1,600 cases of Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay. For more information about upcoming events and lodging availability, please call 503-864-8502. Red Ridge is located at 5510 NE Breyman Orchard Road, Dayton, Oregon. Find more information at www.redridgefarms.com, on Facebook or Twitter @OregonOliveMill.