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Farm Feature: Lost Mountain Lavender

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The Dungeness Valley in Washington State is the home to an ambitious group of farmers. When the dairy farms began to close and the fields became empty, enterprising folk looked for a crop that could easily be grown in the Valley’s dry climate and that would bring commerce to the area. They settled on lavender. Today, there are 12 small family owned farms in and around Sequim, Washington, and they each offer an opportunity to walk through carefully cared for lavender fields. At Lost Mountain Lavender, a visit can be a relaxing chance to pick your own fresh lavender bundle or the perfect place to have a picnic under one of their many fruit trees.

Lavender has long been used for medicinal uses, as well as to encourage relaxation and renewal. The use of lavender has been well documented, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. Today, most people know of lavender soaps, bath salts, or aromatherapy products, such as lavender essential oil. Beyond bath and body products, lavender is used for cooking and baking, for keeping linens smelling fresh, and decoratively in the home.

At Lost Mountain Lavender, the Cottage Gift Shop is housed in what is rumored to be an old still room where moonshine was made. Today, the room smells only of lavender, so any hints about the Cottage’s colored past may be gone. Lost Mountain Lavender sells a wide variety of gifts, bath and body products, culinary treats, and of course, dried lavender. You can also find their products, all made with their own, high quality lavender, online at their web store. They make all their bath and body products right there on the premises, and they offer both dried culinary lavender and a delicious Herbes de Provence blend.

For most people who enjoy lavender, the thought of spending some time on a farm where it is grown sounds like a lovely idea. What you probably don’t know is that everything about seeing lavender in bloom is magical. Fields of purple and white blanket Lost Mountain Lavender and the surrounding lavender farms in the Dungeness Valley.

During the summer, Sequim hosts the annual Sequim Lavender Festival, which is an ideal time to visit the region, if you don’t mind crowds. Summer is when lavender is at it’s most glorious, all the flowers in sprays of color across the green plants growing in row. The summer breezes carry the scents of a wide variety of lavenders and infuse the entire valley with a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

In the off-season, you can still visit Lost Mountain Lavender. Whether you’d prefer to avoid the crowds or want to see the lavender covered in a thin layer of snow, Lost Mountain Lavender is open year round, but they do recommend calling before you come in the winter. In August and September, the lavender is harvested and pruned for the winter, and in the spring the plants emerge from their dormant stage and begin to grow flowers again.

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