I am the biggest fan of anything "pick your own". The kids get to be outside, we get to eat local, it's a win win. That's why when I heard about Lavenlair Farm, a pick your own lavender farm I couldn't wait to go.
Located in Whitehall, about a 45 minute drive from the Saratoga area, Lavenlair Farm is owned by David and Diane Allen, and features 22 different varieties of lavender in their "U-Pick" lavender field. I love the idea that this was a labor of love for Diane and David, who found the 1820 stone farm house and created the farm with a 100 foot diameter meditative labyrinth planted in lavender as well as a field of nearly 5000 lavender plants representing 22 different varieties of lavender for people to come and visit to relax, recharge and reconnect with each other and with nature.
When you arrive, you check in at the little lavender colored shop by the fields and you can pick up a pair of scissors to trim your lavender. The owner gave us a great overview of what lavender was where (they also have culinary lavender you can pick and use in recipes) and the different sizes of lavender bouquets to buy. We went with a few little $5 sized ones so the kids could all choose some lavender of their own, and the older kids were in charge of the scissors while we walked through the fields.
It was probably more relaxing and gorgeous than I had even hoped it would be. The farm itself is just breathtaking, with views of the Green Mountains of Vermont to the Adirondacks, cows mooing in the pasture, the wind wafting the scent of lavender. I mean, it was perfect. Seriously. Even with five children running around.
The "laverinth" was probably less "meditative" with all the kids than ideally planned but the owners were so incredibly pleasant and helpful and friendly, showing us how the lavender is planted and answering all of our questions. The entire vibe of the farm was so relaxed and open, it made you want to just sit on the grass and gaze at the clouds for hours.
In the shop we picked up tins of "lavendo" for the kids, some of the lavender jelly (SO GOOD), lavender mist for me, and other little treats. It really was hard to leave without buying everything because even though the shop is tiny the products they have for sale are so well made and thoughtful and again, the owners were just so friendly and warm.
We can't recommend this place enough. Make the drive and check it out, you will fall in love. Check them out online here.