Before the summer ends I am determined to visit a lavender field with the girls. There happens to be several within a reasonable drive from Hoboken and Jersey City and even a bit closer to our Summer home base in Bay Head. Wondering what you might use your lavender for? Here is a wonderful article from Wellness Mama with literally dozens of uses for lavender buds and oil.
Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm (Morganville, NJ, 50 minutes from Hoboken and Jersey City) Located in scenic Monmouth County, Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm grows a variety of English and French Hybrid lavenders including Hidcote., Superblue. Elegance Snow, Elegance Purple, Munstead, Royal Velvet, Edelweiss, Jean Davis, Fred Boutin, Provence, Phenomenal, Grosso, Gros Bleu, White Spike, Super and Seal. More than twenty different types of this versatile herb grow in their demonstration plot. You can explore fields of fragrant lavender and cut your own aromatic bouquets. They also offer fresh-cut bundles, live plants as well as a selection of lavender buds, sachets, candles, handmade soaps and delicious lavender honey.
Mad Lavender Farm (Milford, NJ 1 hour from Hoboken and Jersey City) Once a popular “pick your own raspberry” farm, the family’s crop was demolished by the ever increasing deer population. In their search for a deer resistant crop, they discovered lavender and became enchanted with lavender for it’s beauty, variety, healthful properties and resilience and decided to become lavender farmers. In 2013 they planted our first crop of lavender on a sunny hilltop and it thrived beautifully. Beehives were brought in to pollinate the plants. Five years later seven different varieties of lavender, a Lavender Labyrinth and a lovely line of lavender products are offered. All products are made by hand on the farm. Honey and beeswax products come from neighboring Tassot Apiaries. Everything is grown organically with absolutely no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Visit and enjoy sipping lavender lemonade under a flowering geodesic dome, meeting friendly chickens that lay blue eggs and live in a gypsy caravan, and take a leisurely walk through a lavender labyrinth in full bloom, stroll to the fire pit for a lavender smudge. Check the schedule for goat yoga with the farm’s dwarf Nigerian goats inside or outside the farm’s giant tipi. Open until September 30th Thursday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Orchard View Lavender Farm (Port Murray, NJ 1 hour, 15 mins from Hoboken and Jersey City) This farm’s mission is to create an oasis of peace and tranquility where the heavenly scent of lavender and the picturesque rows of purples, blues and pinks takes away the stress of life and replace it with a sense of serenity and well-being. They grow their lavender using organic methods without the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Newcomers to the “field” they planted their field just 5 years ago with 1300 plants and have several cultivars of English, French and Spanish Lavenders. Lavender typically takes 3-5 years to fully mature and can get as tall as 50″ and some taller depending on the cultivar. While you cannot cut your own at this time, they offer a variety of natural, handmade lavender products including bath and body, household, culinary, teas, sachets, wreaths, unique gifts, home and garden decor and of course, lavender bundles both fresh (when in season and while supplies last) and dry as well as lavender buds. They also offer two types of honey. Pure 100% natural honey from their hives and a yummy lavender infused organic honey imported from Oregon State. They also offer forget fresh organic eggs from happy pasture-raised hens of the City Girl Flock. Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm (Skillman, NJ, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Hoboken and Jersey City) Hidden Spring Lavender Farm’s first Lavender Fields were planted almost 8 years years ago and are flourishing and producing lots of blooms. They offer a wide variety of cultivars suitable for bouquets, buds, essential oil or for culinary use. All their products are made with 100% pure essential oil from Lavender on the farm. They also offer their very own Buena Bears, soft and plush bears named after the lavender that fills their tummy (Buena Vista). The bears are hand made and are completely safe for all ages. They also offer lotions, creams, and hand soap, as well as aromatherapy items, like sachets and neck and eye pillows. All products are designed and created on the farm from their lavender grown there. Open April-November Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm