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Taste of DayBreak, from
DayBreak Lavender Farm

Self-styled "aging hippies" Jody Byrne and Michael Slyker operate a Streetsboro farm teeming with fields of lavender that, until recently, was harvested as an ingredient in Byrne's handcrafted soaps and oils. Lately, though, Byrne has been experimenting with various infusions, blends, and mixes. Her preoccupation has resulted in a whopper of a gift basket that she calls "the Taste of Lavender." There's lavender-infused honey, lavender-scented sugar, and organic lavender tea, as well as jasmine pearl tea and a packet of handpicked cooking lavender. The basket's most mouthwatering assets, however, are the lavender-infused baking mixes: one for shortbread-style tea cookies, the other for a dark-chocolate torte boasting eight full ounces of Ghirardelli chocolate and a lovely herbal aroma.