Did you know that there are lavender farms in Ohio? Not only is it possible to grow lavender in Ohio, but there are actually quite a few lavender farms in Ohio.
9th Annual Summer Solstice Lavender Festival
Where: Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Rd Martinsville, Ohio
When: June 17-18, 2017; 10am-6pm & 11am-4pm, Open rain or shine!
Entrance Cost: FREE
Family Friendly: Yes
There was parking available on the farm itself. It was a $2 minimum donation to Good Shepherd Ministries, an interdenominational Christian agency, which helps restore the lives of people with histories of incarceration, drug, and alcohol abuse. Many of the volunteers there who were helping with parking were from this program.
Other parking was available at some of the houses near the festival. You also had to pay to park at these other locations. I am not sure how much the other parking was since we parked on the farm and the other parking locations are not controlled by the farm.
The Main Attraction
At Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, they have more than three acres of lavender and many different varieties.
Most notably was that they had many varieties of purple lavender as well as a few white-pinkish lavender.
During the festival, you can pick lavender that you can then take home. You can pick what kind of lavender you want to pick based on what you are going to use it for. Each row of lavender has a card that says what type of lavender it is and what it is used for.
It is $6.00 a twist tie to pick lavender. You can pick as much lavender as your twist tie can hold. It’s not a little produce twist tie they give you, it’s pretty big and you can get a lot of lavender. You do have to wait for scissors before you can go out and start picking. They don’t want you ripping the flowers off of the plants! My suggestion would be to bring your own scissors and let them know when you go to pay so you don’t have to wait on scissors.
When you go out to pick lavender you are supposed to cut above the second leaf. Some varieties are smaller than others and that can make a difference in how your bundle turns out. We arrived shortly after 11am and there were already a lot of people there. If you want to get a good harvest of lavender I suggest you get there first thing on Saturday. Definitely make sure you wear sunscreen and bring a hat!
Just a heads up: there are bugs. It took us over an hour to harvest enough lavender to fill up our entire twist tie. We saw butterflies, bees, beetles, and little spiders. It may be a farm, but it’s still outdoors and you will get bugs landing on your bundle as you pick lavender. We mostly had little bees sit on our bundle but we saw a lot of bugs in the lavender bushes. However, we did not have a problem with ticks. We did not have to use bug spray at all while we were there.
There were a decent amount of vendors at the lavender festival. It was not a very large festival and even though there were a lot of people it never felt crowded.
There were jewelry vendors, clothing vendors, one tent had James Town Pottery, there was a big tent with Native American related items and more.
The farm had its own gift shop with products they made from the lavender grown on their farm. There were some psychics, tarot card and palm readers there if you are into that kind of thing.
If you go to the lavender fest with the hope to buy some lavender, you are in luck! They had six different types of lavender for sale that you could take home and plant. Little lavender plants were $4 each. You could also get mature lavender plants that ranged from $30-$45 each.
There weren’t many options when it came to food. There was a little cart selling popsicles that were really good. I got a lavender lemon popsicle and my mother got a pink lemonade popsicle. They were both very good. There was only one booth that was selling food.
There was a local honey farm at the festival. They had a lot of honey with them and many of them were flavored. I tried both lavender honey and vanilla honey. They were both so good. Now it’s got me thinking about infusing my own honey…
Bathrooms: They had port-o-potties available to use as well as a hand-washing station.
Activities/Presentations: Most of the activities and presentations happened on Saturday. They had free presentations on Ohio Raptors and another on milkweed and monarchs. They had quite a few workshops you could attend but they cost a fee, which you could prepay for online. They had a Make Your Own Lavender Wreath workshop ($30), Paper Filigree Flowers ($14), Kundalini Yoga ($20), and 3 Steps to Stronger Soul Communication ($20). All workshops were scheduled for an hour block.
They did have a nature trail that you could walk. It was mostly a mowed path through a grasslands type of area. Had a lot of pretty wildflowers though.
Music: All day Saturday Preston Bell Charles III, a violinist, played at lavender fest. On Sunday Matt Gill was there playing his guitar.
Overall, I think this lavender festival was pretty great. I would definitely go back next year. It was busy, but not too busy. We arrived shortly after 11am and left around 3pm. If we had done any of the workshops I’m sure we would have been there longer!
This was a great opportunity to go out and pick fresh lavender. It smelled amazing! Even made your hands smell like lavender! I was really excited that they had lavender for sale. Nothing like getting it straight from a farm.
I would definitely recommend going on Saturday, bring scissors if you’re going to harvest lavender, have sunscreen and a hat on hand, and maybe even bring a picnic!
Did you go to the 9th Annual Summer Solstice Lavender Festival in Martinsville, OH? What did you think?