Visit a Herb Farm

with Valerie Anderson

All around the world, herb farms dot the countryside with display gardens, quaint shops, drying barns, fragrant fields, roadside markets and much more.  Herb farms of all specialties and sizes are being recognized for their contributions to eco-tourism and agri-tourism in communities everywhere.  Herb farms are as diverse as herbs themselves.  While one farm may specialize in organic fresh produce for the most discerning chef another is offering garden classes utilizing their own herbs and everlastings dried in the rafters of a century old barn. 

When ever or where ever, I am on holiday or traveling through a new place, I always seek out the local herb farm!  I have found many ideas for my own herb garden and I love trying something new so I always come home with a jar of violet jelly or heavenly herb dipping mix. Through the Internet, we can virtually tour some of  these interesting places called "Herb Farms!"

The Fireside Wreath from Cedarbrook Herb FarmLet me introduce you to two herb farms that have taken their love of lavender and woven into two very interesting attractions.  These two websites are informative, delightful and representative of  two very different climates for specializing in lavender. 

Travel through their pages and enjoy everything lavender and a whole lot more including opportunities to get going on your Christmas list! Both herb farms offer beautifully farm-crafted products, like this wreath from Cedarbrook Herb Farm.  Enjoy your visits!

Cedarbrook Herb Farm 

Cedarbrook Herb Farm was started in 1967 by Karman McReynolds, making it the first herb farm in the state of Washington. We are located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, which allows for only 16 inches of rainfall annually. Great for growing herbs. We specialize in lavender, growing over 60 varieties for sale in the nursery. 

Our gift shop is housed in a 100 year old historic farmhouse. Over 1200 sq. ft. of unique herbal products. We are on tour for the annual Lavender Festival each year which brings folks from all over the world to enjoy everything lavender in Sequim. We are open year round (almost) We close for the month of January. Very easy to find and close to town, with great views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. We welcome you for a visit. 

The Lavender Fleece 

We are a lavender farm that also raises Icelandic sheep. Featuring over 50 varieties of hardy angustifolias and lavandins, we offer garden tours, cut and dried bundles, home made soaps and a wide variety of lavender based products. Plants are available in April/May/June featuring the newest cultivars on the market, as well as the tried and true varities. 

We try to offer at least 15-20 varieties for sale every spring.  Hours by appointment only. Garden tours are available by appointment in the spring and summer. Join us for our Christmas open house in mid-December.