I have a farm client up in the hills of the Santa Cruz mountains that I think of fondly this time of year. I can visualize their fields dusted with light fog in the early morning as the sun begins to burn it off and brighten the landscape with its warmth. I am thinking of Bonny Doon Lavender Farm in Bonny Doon, CA. They have a number of acres planted with french lavender and harvest their fields each June. They process the flowers for their essential oil and create a line of beautiful lavender scented body products, such as soap, lotion, shower gel, scented water, and the essential oil in its purest form.
I had the opportunity to photograph the grounds, outbuildings, and lavender fields a few years ago. It was such a lovely and peaceful place. I loved walking the fields! The flowers were just about peak at that time – close to harvest. The scent was intoxicating! It was a beautiful sight to behold.
Bees where EVERYWHERE!! A vital partner at any farm. God bless the bees. Don’t be afraid of bees!
Unfortunately, the farm is not open for tours. But there products are sold online and in stores throughout California.
BONNY DOON LAVENDER FARM
BONNY DOON, CALIFORNIA