Lavender By the Bay
When many people think of New York they think skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and miles and miles of traffic. Once you get out of town, though, there is so much more to be seen. Have you ever been to a lavender farm? This may not be someplace many people think of right off the bat, but let me tell you, it is an amazing experience! I recently visited Long Island and while on the North Fork took a stop at Lavender by the Bay and was thrilled that I did.
This little shop on the Main Road is quite the treasure! Located on the Main Road, it is quite easy to find and could be an ideal resting spot in between winery tours. Lavender is one of my favorite smells, one I find incredibly soothing. To be able to stroll through the fields is a wonderful experience. There are rows and rows of the different varieties; I confess I had no idea there were so many. It’s set back from the road and amazingly quiet and there is no limit to how long you are allowed to spend there. Overall there are more than 17 acres of farmland there with twenty different varieties of lavender.
While you wander, there are chairs and areas for you to take a rest. If you’re not afraid of bees, check out their bee hives! I would suggest looking and not touching. I find it fascinating that they have hives there, which keep the bees around to pollinate the plants every year. They also harvest the honey and sell it.
There is a nominal fee to enter, which can be applied to any purchases you make in the store. As someone who loves to cook, I got some great teas and salt infused with lavender, which is excellent in cookies! They are seasonal and only open Friday – Sunday, so make sure you plan ahead before you head out. They are also at the GrowNYC Greenmarket so look into that one as well!