I feel so lucky to live in a place where everything from local herbs to hot peppers are being produced and directly marketed. The Dalles Farmer's Market, which I attend as a vendor bi-weekly, has a lot to offer and has fostered several business connections since I started attending last summer. Just recently I was able to purchase my lavender for the year from Hoffman Hills Lavender Farm. Direct sourcing has a multitude of benefits and local direct sourcing is even better. This fragrant lavender will can be used in anything from tea to cream sauces and is an essential ingredient in our Herbes de Provence and Lavender Sugar. And our local thyme, greek oregano and basil from Jean Marie's Garden is so fun and flavorful to use in our blends and can also be purchased individually.
It was on my family farm in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley where I developed a love for cooking and the value of good food. Home grown, fresh, vibrant, good food. As an adult I spent my early years as a civil engineer, but came back to my creative side through encouragement from my husband, family and friends and opened Arome in the spring of 2017. The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
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