Lavender and Fresh Local Fare!
The other week we had the pleasure of visiting Purple Hill Lavender Farms a charming family farm located in Simcoe County's quaint town of Creemore. We were delighted by the incredible scenery and abundant Instagramable photo ops! The lavender cascades the fields of this farm and is truly a beautiful sight. Purple Hill grows many different types of lavender and the owners have created a unique gem that makes for a perfect escape from the city.
With so many types of lavender in bloom, one might worry that the smell would be overwhelming but, to our surprise, it was really only when the wind blew over the edge of the escarpment that we were treated with a light and fresh whisp in the air. Owners Emma and Jessica are very knowledgeable about their beautiful crop and are an excellent resource for all your lavender-related questions. After a stroll through the fields and a walk along the trail that takes you through the untouched and natural forest on their property, you'll certainly have lots that you'll want to discuss with them.
When your rambles are done, don't forget to check out their on-farm market and their many beautiful lavender infused products. One of their most popular items and one of the most delicious is their honey. Lavender Honey is made by Purple Hill’s very own bees. The farm is home to 8 bee hives that produces an excellent lavender honey harvest two times a year. This is all-natural honey is sold in their shop, along with lavender bundles, candles, room sprays and much more!
Lavender has many uses not only as a beautiful scent, it has many medicinal properties as well, being known as "the mother of all essential oils." It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties - a perfect all-rounder! Lavender water which Purple Hill makes here too, holds these properties and is a great natural way to clean your home, especially if you have little ones - you don't have to worry about residual chemicals or toxins that they can get in to.
With such a short season, you must go when they are in full swing; going will make you wish they were open all year round! Purple Hill Lavender welcomes you to bring your lunch and stay for a picnic while looking at the gorgeous views of the lavender fields. They also host dinner events - a great opportunity to enjoy the views while enjoying Creemore Springs Brewery’s newest brew: New World Sour Ale Lavender Sour!
When your time at the farm has come to an end beautiful Creemore is just down the road and a perfect next stop - especially if you forgot to bring your own picnic. We are so thankful to Purple Hill Lavender Farm for having us. For more information, please visit the link below:
The second half of our day was spent in the beautiful town of Creemore, known far and wide as the home to the County's first craft brewery, Creemore Springs and while the brewery is definitley worth a visit, the town offers visitors much, much more. We stopped in for some lunch at The Old Mill House Pub. This is a small and charming place with a beautiful backyard outdoor patio. With lots of selections on the menu, there is something for everyone. After a wonderful lunch we took a stroll through the gorgeous town to make some space for something sweet.
We stopped in at Creemore Bakery, where they sell local maple syrup and locally produced honey, as well as tons of sweet treats and beverages. Our second stop was the 100 Mile Store. This store sells locally produced products and organic options for food and meats. As we were walking through town they were preparing for their summer solstice celebration which is very popular in the area. This vibrant town is really beautiful and a great place to visit!
On our way back we took advantage of the rural route and took some pictures with barn quilts. These beautiful works of art that are featured on barns can be found all around Simcoe County! Make sure you snap a pic, post it and tag @experiencesimcoecounty and you can win yourself a fabulous barn quilt t-shirt! For more information on all things Barn Quilts visit https://experience.simcoe.ca/barn-quilt-trail