A Saturday Adventure to a Pennsylvania Lavender Farm
Putting "visit a lavender farm" on my summer bucket list was a no brainer. Honestly, it's been on my list for awhile now, thanks to Instagram. These bloggers and their beautiful snapshots of rolling lavender fields! I decided this was going to be the summer. So I did some research to see if I could find a Pennsylvania lavender farm that would make for a good day trip. Surprisingly, I found I could do it an afternoon. So I packed up my husband/photographer and off we went to Peace Valley Lavender Farm.
Though not nearly as big as, let's say, Provence, this Bucks County lavender farm is just the place to make your lavender dreams come true. Located in Peace Valley Park outside of Doylestown, it's a real lavender farm meaning it's not just about pretty plants for pictures. They have a full range of lavender-based products including bunches of dried lavender.
The best part about Peace Valley Lavender Farm is that you can pick your own bunches of fresh lavender. Simply walk into the shop and wait in line for a basket and a little lavender cutting tool. When you head out to the field, a gardener will show you where and how to cut your own fresh lavender bundle. Honestly, I almost did it just because of the cute basket but didn't want to leave the bundle in the car when we went to lunch.
Still not convinced that a lavender farm should be on your summer bucket list?
Why You Should Visit a Local Lavender Farm
The smell is heavenly
The very first thing you will notice when you pull up to the lavender farm is the smell. It is out of this world ah-mazing! I swear I almost buried my nose in the flowers, except for all the bees! The fragrant blooms make it such a peaceful spot to relax and soak in the sun.
Shop local, shop small
Many local lavender farms are just that: local. Peace Valley Lavender Farm makes many products from their lavender plants, everything from essential oils to laundry detergent. While they may sell these products locally or even nationally, I love buying a product right from the source. You can be sure you're supporting the farmers and growers and others in your community! Plus, everyone needs a little more lavender in their lives these days.
A picture's worth a thousand words
Okay, let's be real: I wanted to go to the lavender farm for the photo ops. And I wasn't disappointed one bit. Though Peace Valley was smaller than I thought, it still had plenty of spots to grab the perfect picture. I saw little family photo shoots going on everywhere and it made me smile. Your best bet for getting the perfect picture (sans every other person trying to get a picture) is to go early. We were there a little after noon and it wasn't too crowded but earlier is always better.
Peace Valley Lavender Farm is definitely worth a trip if you're in the Bucks County area. You can also pop over to Doylestown for a delicious meal and a little shopping. More details to come when I finally make my post about this small PA town!
If you don't live near a lavender farm, you can always buy their products online (#shopsmall!). Otherwise, go out and find your own lavender farm!