Lavender Crest Farm
When it comes to agriculture in the Finger Lakes, abundance and variety go hand in hand. From grapevines, honey, maple syrup, apples, berries, poultry, dairy, and homemade cheese to rolling fields of lavender, the region’s bounty boasts for itself. If you’ve never experienced a lavender farm, add it to your list of extraordinary things to do in the Finger Lakes.
If rolling fields of lavender and charming Icelandic horses are not enough to lure you to Lavender Crest Farm with its hilltop view of the east side of Keuka Lake, perhaps the intoxicating fragrance emanating from David and Sharon Sweet’s purple gardens will be enough to stir your senses. The couple has been growing an assortment of lavender at their farm in Penn Yan for six years. Known for their spa-quality collection of “Grosso” and “Super” lavender that have 36-inch to 48-inch flower spikes and contain a high volume of “essential oil,” the Sweets specialize in varieties that flourish in the Finger Lakes.
Visitors are invited to tour the farm, located on the corner of Bath Road and Second Milo, from 9AM until 5PM on Fridays and Saturdays in July, when lavender is in bloom. Meet Maera Stella, one of the illustrious Icelandic horses and the star of the farm’s logo, during your visit, or just take in the sights and scents of the rolling purple gardens. Browse the cart at the farm’s entrance Monday through Thursday from 9AM until dusk for fresh cut or dried lavender, lavender soap, lavender plants, and many other invigorating keepsakes from the gardens at Lavender Crest Farm. The farm cart opens in July and continues through the summer while supplies last.