This summer we replaced strawberry picking on our Summer Family Fun List with visiting a lavender farm and picking lavender. I read about a local lavender farm, Loess Hills Lavender Farm, in Midwest Living magazine. I had no idea there even was such a thing. It turned out to be pretty interesting. Oh, and I think we’ll be making a trip back to the farm in August to see all the butterflies. The owner said that thousands of butterflies come through in August and our kids love butterflies. Who doesn’t?
They had this adorable little fairy house right by the gift shop. The kids loved it! It really inspired me to make a little one in our backyard. I even have a few ideas pinned on Pinterest.
It smelled so good!
You had to cut the lavender with shears, so it wasn’t really something little kids could do themselves, but they still liked just being there.
We picked two different varieties of lavender; the kind that smells really good and is used to make essential oils and the kind that you can use in cooking and baking.
The farm wasn’t huge, but they were planning to add 10,000 more lavender plants at the end of the season. So, by next season it will be quite a bit bigger. We’ll definitely be going back to check it out.
In case you’re in the area and would like to visit the farm or you’re just interested in finding out a little more about lavender farms, here is the link to their website:
You can also read more about lavender farms in the July/August edition of Midwest Living magazine.
Have a great afternoon and keep cool. I hear it’s supposed to be pretty hot everywhere today!