A Fun Saturday out on the Lavender Field
After three weeks of no updates on this blog because of the job search and interview commotions, I am back again writing about another summer festival here in the Syracuse area. Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying your own summer so far. In my strawberry picking blog post I was telling you guys that I would visit the Lavender Picking festival when it arrived. I actually did and this is what I am going to write about today. I have always wanted to visit Provence in France to see the lavender field, never really got a chance to do that so the Lockwood Farm Skaneateles Lavender Festival is the closest thing I could get to Provence. I went on a Saturday. I always loved the drive from Syracuse to Skaneateles – absolutely beautiful under the bright blue summer sky. Lockwood Farm organized this festival every year and this year was their 5th. According to their website, last year they had over 3,000 attendances for the whole weekend – not too bad at all.
The farm is smaller than I thought. I was picturing something like a big lavender field , like what we often see from Provence postcards. However, it is still a cute little place. There were not too many people when I got there as it was exactly in the middle of the day when it was very warm out. Apart from the farm’s lavender field exhibition, there were a whole bunch of local vendors that went there to showcase their arts and crafts and food products that have lavender as an ingredient.
Once I entered the farm perimeter, I could really smell the lavender. It was like in a different world. We were given an opportunity to cut some lavenders home for $5 a bunch. Scissors were provided.
One of the local vendors, selling lavender hot fudge sauce. 40 year-old recipe, wow…
The ground of Lockwood Farm, there is a small shop selling Lavender products, lavender drying barn, and lavender field that was ready to be harvested.
This gentleman knew what he was doing. He was telling me how each type of Lavender is different for cooking and making potpourri.
There were signs saying on the farm ground asking people to be aware of bees. Not only us who love lavender, but also the bees 🙂
Each type of lavender smells pretty much the same but some lavender smells stronger than the others. The ones that smell stronger are usually used for making lavender wand and potpourri. The key to cut lavender is to cut an individual flower at about 2 inches above the ground (just a little bit over the wooden part).
If we do not mess with the bees, we would not be stung.
Lavender ice cream that did not actually taste like Lavender, more like Vanilla. The best lavender ice-cream I have had is the one from a small ice cream palor on the street of Perigueux, France.
The boy was enjoying himself cutting lavenders.
The owner of the farm demonstrated how to shear a sheep. The poor thing was struggling when he started the process, soon after that the sheep seemed to enjoy himself quite a bit.
Sheepskin from the sheep shearing demonstration. It was extremely soft but somehow oily.
This lady seems to be an expert in weaving. She took the sheepskin and started showing people how to make sheep skin yarn out of the sheared fur.
Lavender patch next to the road. We were not allowed to cut these as the farm wanted to have this for photographic opportunities.
I really enjoyed this experience. It was the first time for me in the lavender field. Next stop…Provence! :D. Hope you enjoy a little photo tour of the Lockwood farm. Have a great week everyone!
Lockwood Lavender Farm