More on the Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center

This post was written by Valerie on May 13, 2012
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes

Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center

The newly renovated Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center located at 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 is a beautiful trip for all your senses-smell/lavender; taste/lavender infused lemonade or sweet lavender honey/feel the plants and rub them on your fingers to prevent insects (they may draw a bee or two however) and sight/all the flowering plants and hear/the buzz of bees.

100 year Century Plant in full bloom

Everywhere you look of course is lavender but the farm also has many plants like the Century plant that only blooms every hundred years. So here is one in full bloom the sight of which I shall not see there again which is somewhat humbling. There is nothing humbling though about the creative energy that you feel all around you and if you are lucky enough to take the Friday, 10:30am tour you will learn a lot about this wonderful farm.

To see News 8 video go to http://www.cbs8.com/story/14681786/keys-crek-lavender-farm-lavender-fields-forever?clienttype=printable.

From the Keys Creek Web site posts the following:

Farm Store is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and on rainy days).

They have several varieties of lavender planted in fields with more than 45,000 plants. But just like in France there is a season for lavender. Generally May, June and July are the best months to see lavender bloom in San Diego. But you are welcome to visit us during the off season. A day in the country and a little shopping may be just what you need.

From time to time we offer demonstrations, classes, workshops, and other events such as our English High Tea. Most of the events are scheduled for the more temperate bloom season (May-June) but check our events page to see what’s coming up.

Owner Alicia Wolfe is a South African native that purchased the farm when it was not in bloom about three years ago. Now in full bloom you can take one of the two tours offered daily like the one I took guided by Chris Kurisu. Per Chris they distill about 400 pounds of lavendar to get 32 ounces of oil.

The vat used for distilling the lavender

The farm also has a venue for large pool parties or weddings and you can find out more on their website. There is a small tea house on the property that serves not only lavender infused teas but also with lavender honey as well as lavender lemonade…awesome!

The farm has a gift shop full of lavender gifts and will tell you about headache remedies by rubbing lavender oil on your temples to insect repellent for dogs/cats and people. The sell lots of wonderful jellies and lots of dried lavender.

There is a masseuse on the premises so you can schedule a massage amonst the growing lavender.

Just some of the wonderful lavender currently growing at the farm

 

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