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A day outside is good for the soul. A day spent in a lavender field has additional aromatherapy benefits, or at least it seemed to on a visit to Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm last spring.
The farm is just outside of Yancey, south of Hondo and west of Interstate 35 South, a bit off the beaten path. The drive down the small, unassuming rural road to the farm gate is the first sign that the visit ahead could be a nice surprise, tucked away and hidden. And when the gate swings open and you step into a field with bed after bed of different varieties of flowers and colors and smells, there is no doubt the day ahead will be peaceful.
The farm’s third lavender season begins the first weekend of March. Their second season was different than they expected due to the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States as Doe-Re-Mi was ready to swing open the gates and welcome visitors. Since it is an outside, open-air location, they were able to welcome guests later in the spring and early summer to take in the lavender.
This season, they are ready to have many people come and enjoy the beautiful views and smells the lavender field offers. Admission is free. They grow more than 20 varieties at the farm. On opening weekend, the Spanish Lavender will be in full bloom and their SuperBlue variety will soon follow. Just as the name indicates, SuperBlue has a brilliant color.
The farm is very family friendly—they have yard games available to play and animals to feed, including a donkey, goats and chickens. You can pack a picnic lunch and spend the day. How about enjoying a Lavender U-Pick experience? Relax in the lavender field while cutting your own fresh bundle of lavender to take home and enjoy. You can also book a stargazing experience if you would like to the see the lavender fields and stars in the evening light.
If you want to learn more about extracting the lavender essential oils and hydrosols, they offer demonstrations of the distillation process with their copper still, which is very interesting to learn about and see in action. You can also book a Lavender 101 class to get a more in-depth look.
In addition to plants that you can purchase to create your own lavender garden at home, they also have heirloom tomato plants, herbs and other flowers for sale for your spring garden. They also have many lavender products available in the Farm Gift Shop. While I visited, I sampled a lavender scone, which I can attest is delicious. I also grabbed a dried lavender bundle and some lavender hydrosol spray, which with just a spritz adds a great fragrance to any space.
Brainstorming for a lavender festival in a future season is well underway, and you can watch their website and Facebook page for information on special events during the open season.
DoeReMiLavender.com | (210) 382-0672
1381 CR 7410 | Yancey
March through July | September through October
Closed for farm maintenance during August.
November and December: Watch website for special events
Thursday and Friday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Sunday through Wednesday, by appointment.
Special groups and parties can be booked throughout the year.
Follow Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm on Facebook for bloom times and farm news!