When are fresh and dried lavender available? Lavender is available as a U-pick option (only) from our production field in Seafoam, Nova Scotia, usually during the first two weeks of July. That is an approximate window, as a number of factors (especially spring weather conditions…precipitation, sunshine, temperature, etc.) affect availability and timelines. Please follow postings on our Facebook page for the latest information about U-Pick operations: https://www.facebook.com/seafoamlavender/
Can I purchase lavender bouquets from you? The short answer to this question is: regrettably no, we do not sell lavender bouquets. This is due to a number of reasons, first and foremost is the lavender we harvest ourselves is needed to make our products. With only about a two- to three-week window to harvest all the lavender buds and blossoms needed for a year's worth of production, we are in "full-bore" mode from sunrise to sunset harvesting as much lavender as possible to transform into our 67+ finished products. HOWEVER, we invite you to join us during the harvest season to pick your very own bouquets.
How does the "U-Pick" work? We invite the public to harvest their own lavender bouquets. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to harvest a one-inch bouquet. We supply everything you need: scissors, harvesting instructions, a measuring tool, etc. We charge based on the size of the bouquet you harvest ($5.00 + tax per one-inch bouquet, as measured at the base of the stems). If you go to our July 13th, 2018 Facebook posting, there is a detailed explanation of how the U-Pick works.
Are fresh lavender blossom bouquets available? Yes and no. Unfortunately, lavender blossoms are extremely perishable (stems last for only one or two days after they've been picked). If you have your heart set on fresh lavender, you most certainly can come to the farm and pick your own. Keep in mind that lavender blooms reliably only once – for about two weeks in mid-July, so that narrow window is the only time we consistently have fresh lavender blossoms available. As an alternative to fresh flowers, we strongly urge you to harvest BUD bouquets and dry them (we tell you how to do this -- it's easy!). Bud bouquets take about one week to dry.
How much do U-Pick bouquets cost? The charge for lavender U-Pick is quite reasonable -- just $5.00 + tax for every one inch diameter, as measured at the end of the stems. A one-inch bouquet contains approximately 75 stems. Please check in at the information booth or the cashier's counter inside the Visitors' Centre for additional information. We provide everything you need: scissors, a measuring tool, instructions on where/how to harvest and dry the lavender stems, and rubber bands to tie the stems together.