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A Cheese Cave in New Jersey

By Linda Tancs

At Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, New Jersey, would-be cheesemongers spend a day toiling over a tw0-pound wheel that will age in the farm’s cheese cave for 90 days.  Until mid-November, you can see the wide variety of cheeses available at the creamery aging to glorious perfection in the cave during the fall harvest tour.  Of course, as a working farm and educational center, there are activities available year-round.  During the spring lambing tour, for instance, you can watch the sheep being milked on the only rotating sheep parlor in the United States.  Or stop by for the shearing festival in May.  Whenever you visit, you’ll delight in the delectable array of farmstead cheeses available for sampling, including a few award winners.  The farm is located at Route 517 (Fairmount Road) in Long Valley.  Ewe will surely enjoy the visit.

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The Lavender Capital of America

By Linda Tancs

On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula sits a tiny town with a big inventory of lavender.  Sequim, Washington might not exactly roll off the tongue, but the little farming community’s half-million lavender bloom of some 50 varieties earns it the title of Lavender Capital of North America.  With a climate akin to the world’s lavender capital in Provence, France, it’s no surprise that business is booming.  And Sequim wants everyone to know it, which is why they’ve hosted an annual Lavender Festival for the past 13 years.  The 14th annual celebration of the showy and delectable sprig will take place from 16 to 18 July on Fir Street between Sequim Avenue and Third Avenue downtown.  Enjoy the lavender goods, arts, music, food and farmers’ goods.  You can even take a tour of the lavender farms. Plan on spending time in the valley? Be sure to bring your walking shoes. There’s plenty to see amidst the the soaring Olympic mountain range and the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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