I did some research beforehand to see what else we could do along the way and found the cider mill was about 15 minutes from a u-pick lavender farm...perfect! At the cider mill, which is actually a huge farm were u-pick, beans, raspberries, broccoli, cabbage and tart cherries.
Next to the beans, was broccoli and cabbage we did not pick this mainly because we did not need any but we were surprised how blue the broccoli was, I mean really blue.
Onto the raspberries we picked the most of these it took us a while as we sort of made the mistake of stopping at the first row which was sort of picked over.
Tart cherry trees, really made me wish I had a plan for these, I will be more prepared in a future visit.
After this we drove over to the Lavender farm to see what they had going on, it was a lovely unpaved rural road covered in trees. The farm was quite happening they had a lecturer on herbs and lots of kids running around and rolling gardens, it was quite peaceful and fragrant.
I picked a "bunch" of lavender, a bunch as described was what you could fit between your thumb and middle finger as if making a circle, you could pack it in. This translates to a TON of lavender for 5.00 plus the 3.00 admission fee, a bargain at 8.00. I thought it would be 10 minute task, was I wrong. I got my instructions, a basket and a pair of scissors and proceeded to spend about an hour cutting, and I gave up before I filled my allotted amount, I have a lot of lavender, a lot!
I will share more on my trip to the lavender farm this week along with a show and tell of my Lavender wands I have already made. I am now planning a trip back hopefully with a few girlfriends and going to prep to hopefully start my lavender patch.