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You-cut Festival Lets Treasure Valley Take Home The Smell of Lavender

Runs through Sunday, July 14

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Ahh, lavender. The pleasingly pungent purple plant that was once just your grandmother's perfume has been elevated to a homeopathic heavyweight—the stuff is understood to promote calm and relaxation—and a culinary colossus, making its way into ice cream, cheeses and even the venerable marshmallow. You've got to wonder how that would taste in a s'more.

Celebrating the flower's meteoric rise to fame, Lakeside Lavender Farm in Nampa is holding its annual You-Cut Festival Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, with vendors, classes and the chance to harvest some of the 1,500 plants in bloom at the farm.

As well as the eponymous plant—available for $6 per bundle—the festival also features face painting, handcrafted books, bags, jewelry and pottery, plus live music from Michael Cappel. Nampa's Brick 29 Bistro will offer gourmet lavender lunches, with Joe to U dispensing espresso, tea and Italian sodas. You can also bring along some food to donate to the Idaho Foodbank as part of the Festival Food Drive.

If you can drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn, Yoga 430 will lead a crowd in the downward dog and morning crescent within sniffing distance of the fields from 8-9 a.m. both days.

Those who want to test their photography skills can capture the expansive fields in full bloom before the cutting begins during a special photography day on Thursday, July 11, from sunrise to sunset.

Other classes during the You-Cut event include wand making (to keep in your drawers and cupboards, rather than to battle Voldemort), a guide to utilizing lavender oils and cooking demonstrations. Maybe they'll do some of those marshmallows.

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