The annual Lavender Harvest at Shamrock Farm is starting July 25. Photo by Charlene Harris.

Escape into lavender in the Comox Valley

Escape to the lavender fields of the Comox Valley at Shamrock Farm’s Annual Lavender Harvest, July 25 to 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wander amongst the blooms, cut your own bouquet, and meet the resident farm animals who call Shamrock Farm home. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the fields in all their purple glory and enter your best photos in the #ShamrockLavenderFest social media contest.

Visit the barn—bursting with hundreds of dried lavender bundles—and participate in a lavender distillation demonstration. The demos are scheduled throughout the day from Thursday to Sunday. The small-batch process uses low pressure and lavender flowers to produce the highest quality essential oil and hydrosol. Hydrosol is a combination of lavender oil and the water-soluble parts of the lavender plant.

From field to farm to final product, Shamrock’s fragrant lavender is the key ingredient in their handmade skin and bath products, including essential oils, hydrosol, lip balms, salves, creams, and goats milk soaps.

The farm will also have six varieties of French and English lavender plants available to take home. Lavender is drought tolerant and deer resistant, ideal for the Comox Valley. New varieties this year include Platinum Blonde with soft blue flowers and grey foliage and Elegance Purple with deep violet-blue flowers and grey-green leaves. Culinary lavender will also be for sale.

For those with a sweet tooth, light snacks and refreshments will be on hand, all lightly flavoured with lavender. Enjoy a glass of Shamrock Farm’s famous lavender lemonade, or lavender gelato and shortbread.

The six-day event is open to all and admission to the farm is always free. No dogs please. Purchases can be made by cash, cheque, or credit card. Shamrock Farm is located in Comox at 2276 Anderton Road.

For more information, visit shamrockfarm.ca or call 250-339-1671.

Event details and contact information:

Shamrock Farm 2276 Anderton Road, Comox July 25-30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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