February 3, 2024
Get the latest updates on blooming and fruit picking:
Lavender Update: GOOD NEWS so far.... We were very concerned that the past hard freeze would take out our lavender again this past January, but it made it through! Most likely, the moisture in the air just prior to the freeze could have insulated the plants. At this time they are green, healthy and thriving. Now who knows what the next few weeks will bring, but if all goes well, we should start to see spiking on the Sweet variety by the end of April or sooner. We generally have blooms in May and into June. Our late summer bloomer is the Provence and we hope to see spiking on those plants in late July. If the weather holds out, this will be the first year in the past 3 years that we will not have to replant the fields. The existing plants are more mature thus providing more blooms per plant for cutting! The primary varieties that we grow are Sweet, Provence and Phenomenal, however, we are testing new varieties to see if they can sustain the heat and humidity. All of these varieties produce blooms with longer stems which make them better for cutting bundles. We will keep you updated as they grow and develop for the next several weeks. The best way to stay up to date on events, plants and fruit ripening: When a pop up box appears on any of our pages, just enter your email address and you will automatically be added to our newsletter.
We have fresh plants available each week for sale - $3.95 each.
General Information: One of the primary questions that we get asked is "when is the best time to come and see the lavender in bloom?". We grow two varieties and each one of them bloom at different times. The Sweet variety is our spring bloomer and usually blooms in May/June. The blooming progress is always affected by sun, rain, cold and heat so therefore the actual blooming varies a few weeks either way. The Provence variety is our late summer bloomer and generally blooms at the end of July and through August and September.
During the blooming of either variety we allow visitors to the farm to cut bundles. Each blooming cycle lasts for 6-8 weeks.
Blackberries: We continue to add more plants to this field each spring and we generally have berries ready for picking in June. The blackberry bushes generally have lots of fruit and the berries ripen gradually, therefore, we allow picking when we see that there are enough ready to pick. Berry picking is always on a first come first serve basis. Stay tuned!
Peaches: Due to the hard freeze in 2023, we had no peaches to pick. We are hoping that this year the blooms can flourish into tasty peaches! Hopefully the warm weather will hold. If all goes well, we should start to see blooms on the trees in March. Visitors will be able to pick when the fruit is ripe. We will update the progress -
Figs: The fig trees produced very well last season. This year, once they begin to bear fruit, they continue through the summer. They generally start producing later in the summer. We will check and update the website as to their progress. Just like the peaches and berries, we do let visitors pick when the fruit is ripe. The cost for the figs is $3.50/ lb.
Asian Pears: We had a great crop of pears last year! We will update the progress. Stay tuned.
Keep checking the website for current updates and even if you’re planning a trip out to the farm in the next few weeks or months, remember that the drive and landscapes are gorgeous in Washington County! The farm is beautiful even when the lavender is not blooming. Stroll the fields and enjoy all of the handmade products and culinary items in our gift shop “The Lavender Patch”. Relax in one of our rocking chairs and drink a glass of cold lemonade on the porch. You can also visit our three miniature goats, Fonzie, Oreo and Moonshine.
We look forward to seeing you soon!