“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Purple has been my favorite color for most of my life. I had a short love affair with orange once but it was over almost before it started. Every shade of purple inspires me. The scent of lavender comforts me. You can imagine the thrill of visiting a lavender farm would be for me.
A few years back I’d heard a lavender farm had opened up in my hometown stomping grounds. I couldn’t wait to see for myself. I had wanted to visit while the plants were in full bloom. Timing was off. Well, not so much the timing. We were there, but got lost. This visit we tried again even though they had already cultivated the crops.
They have a couple of Maremma dogs who herd the sheep and greet the visitors.
The lavender farm is located on an historic estate. The gift shop is loaded with lavender products. This year they distilled essential oils. I purchased both grosso (purple lavender) and melissa (white lavender) essential oils. I found the oils are stronger than those I’ve purchased from health food stores and online. Perhaps it is a more pure form since it’s coming from the source rather than going through several handlers. I also purchased some lavender and orange tea bags that also contains bergamot…haven’t tried it yet but am sure it’ll be wonderful.