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Have you ever wondered what lavender farming would be like? Well, today I’m sharing a peaceful day in the life on our lavender farm.
Lavender season is actually a very short window between May and June here in the California foothills. It’s that transition time from cool spring days, into the unbearably hot California summer.
Starting out a peaceful day in the life
I always anticipate the lavender season. I know it will be hard work, and I’ll be up to my eyeballs in lavender for a month, but I don’t mind much. The peace and beauty far outweigh the hard work!
Even thought it isn’t real hot yet, we still must beat the sun, or suffer under its harsh rays. So we choose to get up and out into our field by 6 AM.
There is no better way to start the day than out in nature with the bees buzzing, the birds singing so cheerfully, and a gentle breeze wafting the peaceful sent of lavender through the air. After hours of harvesting, our hands are covered in lavender oil that will last through the day, even after washing our hands.
You can also watch this video to hear the birds, and see the bees.
Who helps out in our lavender farm
We are family owned and operated, so this is great way for our family to bond while we work together. The kids aren’t always awake when the adults are first up and harvesting, but as soon as they wake up they are eager to come help.
The little ones are still too young to wield the sharp sickles, so their job is to gather the bundles of lavender that we have pilled in the rows and haul it to the wagon.
When the wagon is full, they help to pull it to the barn to hang the bundles for drying, or to the still for making fresh lavender oil. Check out our website for more details on products we offer.
By 9 our hands are tired, our backs are sore, and our stomaches are rumbling for our breakfast, but our hearts are light with the joy of the harvest.
A breakfast fit for a peaceful day in the life on our lavender farm
Now it’s time for breakfast! We gather around the table as a family for breakfast, music playing the in the background, and happy voices around the table.
Good nourishing food is the second key ingredient to a peaceful day on our lavender farm. Check out one of our families favorite whole food breakfast cereal here. Also tasty with this mixed berry compote.
Then of course the adults get a good cup of coffee. And now we are really off to a great start to our day. Now it’s time for the children to play, or start their school depending on what time of the year it is.
After about 3 hours or so of school time, I get lunch going. I try to make it simple, and include the children in the prep. But, sometimes they just need to run free after school time!
Then, it’s quiet time, and then preparing for the evening so we can go to bed early and get up and do it all over again!
This is a usual lavender harvesting day
This only lasts for a very short time out of the year, and then we start our summer. It’s a perfect way to end our school year and start our summer time with lots of lavender lemonade.
Do you have any questions about our lavender farm? Ask away, I’d love to read your comments.
Also, stay tuned for a lavender harvesting youtube coming soon!