Sun in the sky, a sea of purple flowers swaying against rich green grass, Lake Galena sparkling just steps away, & the scent of lavender in the air- does it get any better than this? A morning at Peace Valley Lavender Farm is truly a piece of heaven in Bucks County.
Owners Patty & George began planting their lavender fields 11 years ago, after a successful Bucks County farming career in organic vegetable cultivation. Their gift shop opened just a year after planting their first seeds, offering a wide variety of lavender products- from pillow spray to essential oils to lavender chocolate bars. Last Thursday, we joined a group of seniors on a tour of the farm, smelling a variety of delicious scents & learning tons of interesting information along the way.
It was easy to find Peace Valley Lavender Farm amidst a sea of bright purple flowers. When we pulled into their driveway, we were warmly greeted by a flock of chickens, an enthusiastic dog, & finally owners, Patty & George. For about an hour, we eagerly listened as Patty shared her passion for the fragrant flower, describing the various strains of lavender species planted on their farm, commonly referred to as English & French (the technical names were a bit above our horticultural IQs). She carefully showed us how they prune their plants, pick each flower by hand, and eventually find the precious essential oils within. We smelled several varieties of lavender to compare & contrast the different fragrances.
After touring the farm itself, we sat down to learn the process used to dry the plant, pick the flowers, & drain the oils. Patty & George shared a lesson in the history of aromatherapy and described the many therapeutic benefits attributed to lavender, from soothing the nervous system to antiseptic properties.
After a quick stop in at the gift shop (also available online here), we left Peace Valley Lavender Farm that day relaxed & refreshed, more convinced than ever of the benefits of lavender! Contact them directly to schedule your own delicious experience.
Peace Valley Lavender Farm
802 New Galena Road
Shop Hours: Thurs-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5