Lavender Farms to Visit Part 1

Lavender is in full bloom right now so it is a great opportunity to see fields in bloom. I’ll tell you about 4 today, then more in the next few days.

Campbellville
Terre Bleu
Close to Toronto, just an hour west is Terre Bleu. This lovely farm is located west of Campbellville Road, north of the 401 on Side Road 25. They are open for the first time this year but they have different varieties, all well labeled, growing in their field. Honey bees were hard at work when I was there on Saturday and their honey is sold in the store. You’ll find honey infused with lavender flowers for a stronger flavor or honey flavored as the bees collected it. I purchased the second one and it has a light floral flavor. There is an admission of $5 per person and they are only open on weekends 10am to 4pm.
http://www.terrebleu.ca

Weir's Lane Lavender
Weir’s Lane Lavender & Apiary
Located near Hamilton Ontario, on Hwy 8, south of Hwy 5 is Weir’s Lane Lavender. They also have bee hives and sell honey as well as a variety of other lavender products in their store. Their lavender infused honey is lovely as well. The lavender field in front of the store was in full bloom when I was there and behind the store is a larger field. Remember, these lavender farms are still in their early years so we are not talking about 10 acre fields but you will see different varieties, many you can grow in your gardens.
http://www.weirslanelavender.ca
Check with them for hours.

Apple Hill Lavender
Apple Hill Lavender
If you have never been to this part of Ontario, you are in for a treat. The next two farms are located near each other, just north of the town of Simcoe. It is about 2 hours from Toronto in an area of diverse agriculture. Plan to stop at the local farms stands and markets for fresh produce. Lavender took quite a beating this winter, not only in Ontario but as far south as Georgia. Apple Hill’s lavender fields show some of the winter’s damage. They grow several different varieties of lavender. Owner Jan is passionate about lavender and distils her own lavender oil, which is available in the store. They also sell pottery made on the farm by their daughter. The farm is part of an agriculture association promoting conservation projects and I’ll write more about the farm in the future.
They are currently open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
1795 Windham Road 11, Norfolk County, ON
applehilllavender.com

Bonnieheath
Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery
Not far from Apple Hill Lavender is one of Ontario’s newest wineries. In front of the vineyards is a beautiful arc of lavender plants. You can walk among the lavenders, explore the vineyard, or walk further back on the property to the fields of prairie grasses or relax with a glass of their wine. They also produce their own lavender oils. You will feel you have traveled to another world at this family owned farm.
They are open weekends but currently during the week. Check before you go.
410 Concession 12 Townsend, Waterford ON
http://www.bonnieheathestate.com

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