As summer comes to an end, it’s a personal mission of mine to complete everything on my bucket-list that I created at the beginning of the season.
One item on my list was visiting a local lavender farm, Terre Bleu, located in Milton.
I had the pleasure of exploring the farm this past weekend with a friend and it was everything I could have imagined and more– almost like a mini trip to Provence, France except it’s in Ontario lol.
The farm was just under an hour away from my house. I didn’t mind driving the distance because the road trip was so beautiful. To get to Terre Bleu, I drove through a small town called Brookville that was so delightful. The country roads were filled with wild flowers, animals and beautiful estates.
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The admission to Terre Bleu was only $10. Upon arriving to the farm, there was plenty of wonderful staff members who greeted us with a warm welcome. We took a tour when we arrived that was so informative. We had the chance to learn about English versus French lavender, how the lavender is harvested & how the staff members make pure lavender essential oil.
My favourite part of the tour: learning the process of making lavender essential oil. It was so fascinating to see the machine that was imported from Portugal that the farm staff makes the oil with, as well learn about the lengthy process. Now I understand why essential oil is so expensive! Our tour guide told us 500 ML of lavender essential oil will sell for close to $2,000.
Towards the end of the tour, our guide took us to their apiary where they extract delicious honey from their beehives.
After the tour we explored the other field of lavender on the opposite side of the property. Terre Bleu has such a beautiful farm! It’s the perfect location for wedding or engagement photos, or even a classic family photo-shoot.
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When we were done exploring, we had to try their lavender ice-cream that we’d seen all over Instagram. Although the ice-cream wasn’t made in house, the staff ensured that the dairy used to make the cold treat was all local, and the lavender used to make the ice-cream was of course from Terre Bleu farm.
Things I would do next time:
- Come earlier in the season. This past weekend was Terre Bleu’s last weekend in bloom. Next year I will visit closer to June/July to see the full field in bloom.
- Pack food! Terre Bleu allows you to pack your own food. When we were enjoying our ice-cream, we saw a family having a picnic on one of their picnic tables beside the field. Such a cute day-time outing.
Overall it was a wonderful visit to Terre Bleu and I would highly recommend it!