Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The NEST in NS: Seafoam Lavender Farm

Jordan, Suzy, Brian at the Lavender farm.
After grabbing a quick lunch at The Chowder House in Tatamagouche—where their delicious crab and lobster chowders, filled with giant chunks of seafood, put the Campbells cans to shame—we headed down the road to where I really wanted to go.


Everyone on this trip has something they have specifically requested to see, and mine was the Seafoam Lavender Farm. I admit, I didn’t know anything actually about it when I picked it out as my ‘must see’ attraction; but I have a deep love of lavender and could not miss the opportunity to see it…as well as to ask them why my own lavender never blossoms.

We headed over to the farm, which is a stone’s throw from our cottage. Just driving by, you can smell the heady aroma of the lavender which grows in deep purple rows all across the property. We were greeted by owner Suzy Belt, who took us on an educational tour, introducing us to the many varieties of lavender. Her plants were so robust that, with just a gentle touch of the leaves, your hand came away smelling lovely.

Suzy inherited the farm from her grandmother, and three years she settled on a crop that would be a pleasure to manage. All lavender here is organically grown, and they produce their own lavender products on site, like tea, soaps, honey, and essential oils, which you can buy in their shop on-site during the summer, or at the Halifax Seaport Market. Or online, for those of you not headed out this way in person.

Jordan, Jordan's mom, and Jordan's brother, in the lavender!
Like so many Nova Scotians we’ve met so far on our trip, Suzy is a complete sweetheart. She showed us around the farm, gave us tips on helping out our own sad plants at home, and even sent me away with a bunch of lavender to try drying myself. The farm is obviously picturesque, right near the coastline; you’re invited to bring a picnic lunch and sit amongst the lavender, perhaps on one of the purple-painted benches or picnic tables. There are also lavender plants available for purchase—ones that are already blooming, unlike my sad green bushy affair back at the house.

This was a great spot to stop for a lotion, potion, or souvenir, and a wonderful chat with a warm-hearted local. We left with a bunch of lavender products and smiles on our faces. Whether you’ve got time for a picnic or time for a quick hello, we strongly recommend you head down to the Seafoam Lavender Farm!

Seafoam Lavender Farm, 3768 Highway 6
Corner of Hedgeville Rd and Highway 6 (1km east of the Seafoam Campground)
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