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The type of soil (alkaline limestone soil), dry weather and entrepreneurial spirit found here in the Hill Country have produced many farms with thousands of plants to rival their famous cousins in France.
Smell the aroma? Lavender is just one more reason you have to visit the Texas Hill Country! The adventurous spirit of this industry is the same spirit that brought the pioneers who settled this rugged landscape. The blooming season typically runs May through July.
The scope of this lavender market includes tours of beautiful fields of blooming lavender at the growers' farms, and tours of the production of lavender products, and of course, the on-farm retail store sales of locally crafted lavender products made by these farms. The craftsmanship and artistry of these products distinguishes one vendor from the next. These products are available at the farms, and via on-line and traditional walk-in stores, and at open market events (see more about events below). These products include: body lotions, bath washes, soaps, salts, essential oil, sachets, medicinal items, and extracts to flavor food and beverage products, the most popular being lavender margaritas and lavender honey. And, of course, lavender plants to take home and enjoy. These growers and producers often conduct classes in aroma therapy and hold demonstrations of lavender oil distillation.
As you look through the following, notice the number of farms that have folded, testimony to the vagaries of weather, competition, plant biology, and who knows what else. With owner motivation typically rooted in passion, the fact remains it is a tough business environment, with all the risks and rewards that accompany it. While we have noted some of these farms as being "closed" in the listings below, which they are regarding lavender operations, they may be alive and thriving in pursuit of other business activities.
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To celebrate the beginning of the lavender bloom season, plan on attending the following festivals.
BECKER VINEYARDS LAVENDER FEST: Stonewall, at Becker Vineyards, in Stonewall. beckervineyards.com. Lavender products, vendors, speakers, concessions, music, cooking demos, wine tasting, tours. Luncheons & dinners. Free admission. 2020: Canceled
BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL: The City of Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas, and holds a great festival each June with vendors, displays, tours, entertainment, etc. The entire town of Blanco and the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Lavender Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. See Blanco County Lavender Festival: blancolavenderfest.com and their sponsor: the Blanco Chamber of Commerce: 830-833-5101; blancochamber.com. 2020: Canceled
Wikipedia, background article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender
Botanical.com, background article: botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/l/lavend13.html
GardenGuides.com, Lavender gardening tips & techniques:
Mountain Valley Growers, Lavender background: mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavendercareandtips.htm
Sequim Washington Lavender Festival: lavenderfestival.com
University of Maryland, Lavender for Medicinal Use: umm.edu/altmed/ConsHerbs/Lavenderch.html
Lavender Production, Products, Markets, and Entertainment Farms:
Texas Lavender Association (TLA): texaslavenderassociation.org. Recognizing the growing lavender industry in Texas, this association was founded as a Texas nonprofit in 2008 to promote the lavender industry.
US Lavender Grower's Association: uslavender.org
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