Charlevoix Lavender is a celebration of homegrown, handmade products from our family to yours.
Here's a little more about us!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GROW LAVENDER?
Our soil is well suited to grow lavender as it has a perfect balance of pH and loamy quality. We attempt to choose cultivars that can withstand the variability of our northern Michigan climate. We love lavender’s beauty, fragrance, and versatility for the products we produce and its many applications.
We also come from a health and science- minded background. Craig is a physician and is board certified in family medicine and sleep medicine. Erica studied biology and chemistry. We both love learning about lavender and sharing this beautiful growing experience with others!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LAVENDER?
Lavender has been used for hundreds of years in a variety of capacities. Recent research has shown that lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Other data reveals a potential positive impact on mood, anxiety, and sleep. It can be a wonderful addition to cooking including dishes such as pork, chicken, and fish. Baking with lavender produces delicious cookies and scones. Of course, dried as well as fresh bouquets of lavender in the home always add a special touch. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Where are your lavender products made?
Currently, all of our products are made right here on the farm.
WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU SELL?
Our current offerings include high quality handmade goat milk lavender soap, beautiful linen sachets and eye pillows, utility sachets, and gorgeous fresh bouquets during the growing season. Generous dried bouquets consisting of a variety of English lavender are available while supplies last. Our bestselling original recipe lavender salve is made in small batches on the farm and helps soothe, moisturize, and protect your skin. Check out the full store here or catch us at an upcoming market.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR TENDING TO LAVENDER?
We prefer to plant our lavender in late May to early June. As the first buds appear on the plant in late June, the fields glow with a “purple haze.” Harvesting typically starts in July and lasts for approximately 3 weeks. The lavender is cut, bundled, and hung in the drying barn. Every step is done by hand. Drying the lavender takes about 2 weeks depending on humidity. After drying, the lavender is sold as bouquets at market or de-budded and made into lavender based products. In the fall, the plants are pruned and made ready for the winter.
WHAT KINDS OF LAVENDER DO YOU GROW?
We grow Lavendula angustifolia and Lavendula x intermedia. There are numerous varieties available within these two groups. Currently, we have 15 varieties at the farm. This includes eleven L. angustifolia varieties and four L. x intermedia varieties. Each variety has unique qualities. Generally speaking, L. angustifolia varieties have more of a floral scent and L. x intermedia varieties have a woody and camphor scent.