You may not know this (I know I had no clue) but lavender is a big deal in Ontario. There are lavender farms all over Southern Ontario and I got a glimps of this Ontario industry on a visit to Norfolk County in Ontairo’s Southwest. A lavender themed road trip through rolling hills and little country roads brought me to just two of Ontario’s many lavendar farms, each with it’s own unique take on the fragrent flower.
Lavender Farms Norfolk County Ontario
Apple Hill Lavender Norfolk County Ontario
The moment I set foot into the small barn the beautiful scent took over. Lavendar bunches hung from the ceiling, drying and infusing the air with it’s fresh aroma. All around the hints of purple decorate the beautiful little gift shop. Apple Hill Lavender is a lovely family run farm known for it’s French and English lavender varieties, sold in dried bunches, in lavender oil products and artisan soaps.
Apple Hill Lavender is also home to Raging Bowl Pottery operated by artist Melissa Schooly. Beautiful hand crafted pottery items were on display throughout the shop a perfect compliment to her parents lavender products.
As its name suggests, there are also Apples growing on the orchard at the farm. Honey crips, McIntosh, Empire, Crispin and Gala varieties can all be purchased during harvest seasons.
Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery
My lavender tour through Norfolk County continued on to Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery in Waterford Ontario. Aside from its beautiful location, lavendar fields, the great silo and refurbished barn, there is an air of reinvention at Bonnieheath that really inspired me.
Outside, it was a picture perfect day to tour the fields and enjoy a quiet walk through the lavender fields. Even though it was long past growing season, the setting was still as relaxing and inspiring as it could be. The history of the farm revealing itself as you walk by the many small shacks once used to dry tobacco during it’s tobacco growing days.
Today the buildings have been transformed as homes for drying lavender and preparing lavender essential oils. Oh and of course they need spots to produce the wine! Inside the restored barn is an incredible gift shop filled with bath products, oils, candles and dried lavender for purchase. There are also a number of culinary products produced at the farm which include Herbs de Provence, lavender sugar and jelly.
Of course one can not stop by a winery and not sample the wine! This is a young winery but their blends are bold and impressive. On one side the wine bottles had sophisticted labels like their 2012 award winning Marquette but then with a twist of humour we enjoyed “The Crooked Wrench Red” and the “Don’t Count Your Chickens” white.
Whatever your tastes you won’t be dissapointed in a visit to this farm and winery. They encourage you to take a glass of wine out to their gazebo and relax amongst the lavender shrubs. Can’t wait to visit again and see what they are up to.
Do you have a favourite spot in Norfolk County, Ontario? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below! Can’t wait to go back!