Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shasta Lavender Farms

The Shasta Lavender Farms open for about 5 weeks every year starting in mid June. Some people come to the farm just for the amazing view of Mount Shasta. Others come for the soothing scent of lavender.

Lavender Lemonade is served inside the gift shop where you can buy essential oils, candles, sachets, soaps, tea etc. All of their products are made from the lavender grown on this farm. These local lavenders from Mount Shasta are especially known for their lasting scent.

Lavender picking is a popular seasonal treat. Make sure to get directions on which patch is ready for picking. You don't want to bring home weak lavender stems. They are $4 for 100 stems.  Don't forget to check out the Lavender Labyrinth too.

 It was still worth the trip even when the lavenders were not in full bloom.

One month later...

This year, lavender picking didn't start until half way through the season due to the cool weather. The season was extended to at least August 1st, so there's still time to wait for the French lavenders to bloom.

Bees at work!

Bee Trivia:
1. Without Bees to spread pollen, we won't have any produce to eat.
2. Worker Bees are female. Male bees are only there to mate with a Queen Bee.
3. Worker Bees only live up to 6 weeks in the summer compared to the 9-month lifetime in the winter, they literally work to death!

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