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DayBreak Lavender Farm


DAYBREAK IS IN THE NEWS!

The DayBreak Buzz is making headlines. That's the only kind of lines we tolerate!!:)

Everyone is talking about DayBreak from our wonderful local press who have cheered us on since the beginning over 9 years ago to the increasingly loyal celebrity clientele (one day someone will let us use their name!) to the editors of your favorite consumer magazines -- like Lucky -- who are jumping on the all-natural DayBreak bandwagon to spread the word to millions of natural skin care afficionados world-wide. We thank them all!!

Plain Dealer

Plain Dealer: A Harvest of Mauve
August 2012

Folklore holds that planting lavender brings good luck…. the versatile plant is used in floral arrangements, cooking, soaps, perfumes and aromatherapy. DayBreak Lavender Farm, open to the public from noon to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday, lets visitors pick a fresh lavender bouquet, picnic, hike, paint or take photos and learn about lavender growing.
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Always New You

Always New You: Benefits of Emu Oil
June 2011

If you've never heard about emu oil benefits, you might be surprised. It can be a natural skin moisturizer, among other things. Read what our experts have to say…
Often refined emu -- because it's crystal clear -- has been diluted with a less expensive oil like soybean. So consumers are paying a high price for soybean oil with a bit of emu. Suppliers who don't offer the unrefined speak in highly negative terms about it ... because they can't get it in quantity. The unrefined is milky and opaque, loaded with skin-loving vitamins and moisturizer. It's thicker than the unrefined too. I just think it's silly to call your products natural and then use refined anything.
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The Plain Dealer

The Plain Dealer: Lovely Lavender
July 23, 2009
By: Peggy Turbett

How often does a business boast that not only is it kid-friendly, but that kids "running and screaming are fine"? | Almost never. | But that's the promise made by Jody Byrne and Michael Slyker, owners of the picturesque Daybreak Lavend Farm in Streetsboro. The lavender farmers are welcoming the public (and their offspring) to the couple's 14-acre farm, which produces 13 varieties of lavender. On the farm, if you squint and deeply inhale the scent of blooming lavender, you can almost imagine you've been transported to the lavender fields of Provence, France.
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The Gateway News

The Gateway News: Open Season on Lavender
July 29, 2009
By: Bob Gaetjens

The lavender at DayBreak Lavender Farm is at near its aromatic peak, and co-owner Jody Byrne said the community is welcome to the visit and pick some of the herb to take home. Through Aug. 15, the farm will be open to visitors Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. "To take some of the pressure off Saturdays, we are going to open on Sundays as well," said Byrne. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. People who want to pick the aromatic herb for cooking or potpour ri should try to visit this week, she said.
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GRIT

Stow Sentry: Streetsboro lavender farm invites public to visit property
August 2, 2009
By: Bob Gaetjens

The 14 acres of rolling fields and woods on Frost Road, between Page Road and EIliman Road, have been home to DayBreak Lavender Farm for eight years, but this is the first year Byrne and Slyker have sent an open invitation to the community to visit the farm throughout the peak lavender season. For the past several years, they've hosted the Ohio Lavender Festival early in July, but Byrne said they decided to scrap plans for the festival this year. "The threat of bad weather was too scary," she said.
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Lucky Magazine Lucky Magazine
November 2006 issue

Lucky Magazine in its Special Feature on Rosehip Seed beauty aids says: " ... works brilliantly as a makeup remover!"

We say, works brilliantly as gentle deep cleanser and pore de-gunker!! You'll say: "I love it!!"

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Gateway News

State's first lavender festival at DayBreak Lavender Farm
July 12, 2006
The Gateway News

Far right, children play and parents and adults learn crafts at the lavender festival, which took place July 7 to 9 at DayBreak Lavender Farm on Frost Road.

Officials said this festival was the first of its kind in the state.

Right and below, Jonathon and Margo Tipping rush through lavender fields clipping their own to take home with them.
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The Plain Dealer

Life-Enhancing Lavender
Wednesday, July 8, 2006
The Plain Dealer

Away from Cleveland's mass of concrete and smells of industrial burning lies an aromatic sanctuary at DayBreak Lavender Farm.

There, herbal flowers on endless rows of lavender bushes blanket the emerald grasses in a violet haze. The purple sea fills the air with the fragrance of sweet camphor, which Jody Byrne and Michael Slyker hope draw visitors to their visitors to their farm in Streetsboro for the first Ohio Lavender Festival.

Byrne and Slyker, two self-proclaimed aging hippies, hope to encourage the love of lavender by promoting its vast practical uses.
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Akron Beacon Journal

For the Love of Lavender
July 2006
Akron Beacon Journal
Doris Larson

Streetsboro couple cultivates sweet-smelling concoctions.

Jody Byrne was searching for acreage for a small alternative farm in 1994 when a realtor showed her a property on Frost Road in Streetsboro. She fell in love with the 14 acres and purchased it without even stepping inside the house. "Houses you can fix; land you can't fix," says Byrne, who found now only her farm but also the quiet rural setting she wanted.

Byrne was a city girl, but a job transfer brought her to Northeast Ohio from New York City. She works as a newsletter editor and trend forecaster for the professional spa, salon and cosmetic industries. But it's DayBreak Lavender Farm, which Byrne co-founded with husband Michael Slyker, that allows her to work at something she loves dearly. "Daybreak is my passion," she says.
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Record Courier

Lavender Festival coming
Monday, June 26, 2006
Record-Courier

In an effort to make Northeastern Ohio the lavender capital of the Midwest, DayBreak Lavender Farm in Streetsboro is gearing up for its first lavender festival and cook-off.

DayBreak co-founders Jody Byrne and Michael Slyker see the Ohio Lavender Festival an opportunity to encourage laven- der farming in Ohio and to celebrate the fact that lavender is as much a culture as it is a versatile herb.

Ohio's first Lavender Festival is sched- uled for July 7 to 9 at Streetsboro's only lavender farm, Daybreak Lavender Farm, located at 2129 Frost Road.

"We're also hosting the first-ever Lavender cook-off," Byrne said. "This is a great opportunity to get ladies thinking about entering and beginning to assemble their recipes."

The family-owned lavender farm offers a unique look at lavender farming and a wide variety of its uses.
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Gateway News

Streetsboro farm to host first Ohio Lavender Festival
June 21, 2006
The Gateway News

STREETSBORO — After five years of growing lavender and producing homemade products, DayBreak Lavender Farm looks to grow even bigger by hosting the first annual Ohio Lavender Festival July 7, 8 and 9 at 2129 Frost Road, while having just opened a store at 8376 Route 14.

Husband and wife co-owners Mike Slyker and Jody Byrne met in 1996 when Byrne answered Slyker's personal ad, describing himself as an "aging hippie."

Byrne said she had always loved lavender and when she discovered that Slyker had done some farming with his family, she decided to try a test bed of lavender in 2001 to see how well it could grow.

"We heard it was hard to grow lavender in Ohio, but we were able to make it work," Byrne said.

Byrne said she has high hopes for the festival and what it could do for lavender farming in the area. She said she hopes to make Northeast Ohio the "lavender capital of the Midwest."
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The Plain Dealer

Flower Children
June 2006
Ohio Magazine
Sarah Vrandenburg

It is entirely appropriate that your nose is the first thing to enter this pleasant suburban home in northern Portage County. Following it leads to an atmosphere of pure fragrance. It's not perfume; it's not food. It certainly isn't a plug-in air-freshener.

Welcome to DayBreak Lavender Farm, the love child of Jody Byrne and husband, Michael Slyker. The aromas - it would be an insult to call this an odor - rise from the basement heart of this cottage industry, where the couple and their employees design, make, cure and ship more than 120 different kinds of soap. Since the farm's conception in 2001, the couple has crafted a growing product line that now numbers 190 items, ranging from soap for pets to food items, lotions, even "body candles."

This imaginative item is a twofer: as a candle, it fills a room with a delicious fragrance. When extinguished, the candle leaves a puddle of warm, fragrant liquid, delightful to massage onto body, hands and feet.
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The Gateway News

Public gets opportunity to view a lavender farm
April 26, 2006
The Gateway News

Area residents will have the chance to tour the first lavender farm in Ohio's history Friday to Sunday, when DayBreak Lavender Farm in Streetsboro sponsors its fifth annual spring open house.

"Since we received our designation as Ohio's first lavender farm, we've received so many inquiries about growing, harvesting and drying that we've decided to say ‘thank you'by sharing what our fields have taught us," said Jody Bryne, who co-founded the 2129 Frost Road farm with her husband Michael Slyker.

The couple is offering a free workshop titled "Lavender Naturally," providing tips and tricks of successfully growing lavender in Ohio.

"We'd like to make this area the lavender capital of Ohio with a beautiful lavender display in every garden," said Bryne.

Slyker will host a guided tour of DayBreak's organic lavender field and share in detail how the farm's lavender is organically cultivated, grown, pruned, harvested, dried and propagated - all by hand and without any synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

Everyone is welcome - from lavender-loving gardeners to area farmers wanting to add lavender to their crop mix.
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Record Courier

DayBreak Lavender Farm offers free workshop during open house
Friday, April 14, 2006
Record-Courier

STREETSBORO - Experience all that lavender is and tour the first lavender farm in Ohio's history at DayBreak Lavender Farm's 5th Annual Spring Open House, to be held April 28-30.

"Since we received our designation as Ohio's First Lavender Farm, we've received so many inquiries about growing, harvesting and drying that we've decided to say 'thank you'by sharing what our fields have taught us,"said Jody Byrne who co-founded the 2129 Frost Road farm with husband, Michael Slyker.

The couple is offering a free workshop entitled "Lavender Naturally" on the tips and tricks of successfully growing lavender in Ohio.

"We'd like to make this area the 'Lavender Capitol of Ohio' with a beautiful lavender display in every garden," said Byrne.

Michael Slyker will host a guided tour of DayBreak's organic lavender field and share in detail how the farm's lavender is organically cultivated, grown, pruned, harvested, dried and propagated - all by hand and without anysynthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

The family-owned lavender farm offers a unique look at lavender farming and a wide variety of its uses.
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Scene Magazine
Scene Magazine
Best of Cleveland 2004

Best Soap Goddess
Jody Byrne

September 29, 2004

Soap Artisan Jody Byrne harvests a bumper crop of all-natural soaps and hand-made spa godies from her fragrant 14-acre DayBreak Lavender Farm in Streetsboro.

The chunky wedges come in varieties ranging from Lavender Castile to Moroccan Mint To Patchouli Rose. All are crafted at the farm from such garden-fresh ingredients as lavender, mint, rose petals, goat's milk and steel-cut oats. Customers say her soaps are the best because of the purity and sheer amount of natural ingredients and essential oils Byrne uses.

And unlike her competitors, Byrne puts the percentage of each ingredient used right on the label. You'll find her products at the Shaker Square Farmer's Mrket and at local salons, spa, health-food stores, and garden centers, or you can order direct from Byrne's website. www.soap-please.com.

The Plain Dealer

Farm has a bumper crop of beauty products
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Ginger Burnett
Special to The Plain Dealer

Jody Byrne whips her golf cart across the sprawling grounds of her Streetsboro farm on a blustery afternoon.

She's got one hand on the steering wheel and the other proudly points out her first bed of lavender, a quarter-acre herb garden and six hives teeming with honeybees.

"We're using the power of nature," says Byrne, owner of the DayBreak Lavender Farm, which she believes is the first and only one of its kind in Ohio. "We have 1,000 lavender plants in all. It's like putting in a vineyard."

Her analogy is apt. Byrne, an energetic woman with a radiant smile, is a soap artisan, and her picturesque 14-acre estate yields the herbs that she transforms into 60 varieties of all-natural, handmade soap and a bevy of garden-fresh spa and skin-care luxuries.

She and her husband, Michael Slyker, 55, are two ex-hippies on their way to becoming the local Ben & Jerry of the bath and body industry...

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