Lavender Wind Farm
By: Linda Kissam
Time to come to your senses this, or any summer, by visiting the Lavender Wind farm on Whidbey Inland, WA. Breathe in the heady scent, take a twirl in the purple blooms, feel the breeze tickling your face as it comes off the Strait of Juan de Fuca, hear the country quiet and taste the lavender tea.
In 1999 it all started with nine lavender plants on a site that had been farmed for over 100 years. Today that same rich sandy loam, lots of wind and only 18 inches of rain a year sets the stage for perfect lavender growing conditions. Owner Sarah Richards bought the original five acres from the Durst family. She later added an additional 3.75 acres.
The farm is just under nine acres on a country road off of Rt. 20. Take a self-guided tour where you can just breathe in the fields or think about picking your own lavender flowers or a variety of other perennial flowers in the expansive cultivated beds. It’s the perfect photo op everywhere you look. The pond, the lavender labyrinth, the drying house, the acres of lavender … all provide the perfect vacation snap. Making sweet memories at the Lavender Wind Farm is easy-breezy.
It’s best to visit the farm during blooming season July or August for the best experience. The farm is usually open 10am to 4pm daily June through early September. However, Mother Nature rules all, so check the Website for exact dates . If you miss the farm window, you can head off to nearby historic downtown Coupeville to experience the year round gift shop, bakery and tea room.
Once you visit the farm, bought some from a local farmers market, or have grown your own , picked it, and dried it, here’s a video on what to do with it. Making attractive lavender bundles is easy . This video shows how they make them at Lavender Wind Farm https://www.lavenderwind.com/2015/how-to-make-lavender-bundles/
Photos by A. Kissam