In 2018, Russell envisioned rolling fields of lavender cresting the orchard. He began planting several acres over the course of the following years and his hard work is in bloom today.
The lavender season lasts about 4-5 weeks, spanning mid June through mid July. Fresh cut bunches and plants are available in our Farm Market and will continue throughout the season. We are also drying lavender and harvesting fresh lavender for essential oil. We are looking forward to a wide product offering next year featuring our own holmgrown lavender!
Our fresh-cut season has concluded and our barn is full of lavender hanging upside-down to dry. Sachets of dried lavender buds and dried bunches are available now!. Stay tuned for more updates!
Lavendula Angustifolia (English lavender)
We love English lavender! Vibrant color and a floral, somewhat fruity fragrance. Stems approximately 6 inches tall. English lavender produces a higher quality oil. Great for culinary uses like baking and tea and still works well in sachets, pouporris and crafts. These are our early season blooms.
“Folgate” First to bloom. Compact plants. Good hardiness. Bloom approx June 20-28
“Royal velvet”. Striking dark bloom. Early to mid season blooms. Bloom approx June 25-July 5.
“Melissa” – white lavender. Excellent oil quality. Fresh Cut only (no plants available) Blooms approx June 20-28
Lavendula intermedia (Lavandin)
These are the showstoppers in the lavender world. Tall stems that are great for bouquets, crafts and wands. High in oils and much more camphorous/menthol in nature. Great for drying (hang straight upside-down, do not place in water)
“Grosso” – the standard lavender of the western USA. Very productive but needs to be protected in the winter. Blooms approx June 28-July 8
“Phenomenal” – easiest lavender to grow. Harvest mid to late. Blooms approx July 1-10
“Super”. Large showy plants that are newer to our fields and looks promising. Plants available but no fresh cuts.
“Provence” The French Standard. Huge plant, grows fast. Not winter hardy. Must be well protected in CT. Approx July 1-10.