Don’t you love a weekend when you can find a local surprise right around the corner from you?!? This a weekend a dear friend of mine introduced me to a local treasure, Mezza Luna Lavender Farm, a family owned farm that is opened to the public during the last week of May through the first week of June. It was about a 10 minute drive from my house…..win-win! 🙂 We packed up our girls and drove out to experience this first hand and, hopefully, bring back some sweet-smelling lavender flowers.
Mezza Luna Lavender Farm is truly an experience that you have to take in. Rows and rows of sweet-smelling lavender welcome you as you enter the farm. I am new to the whole lavender experience so it was amazing to see all the different types of lavender plants that were growing.
Not only are you greeted by beautiful plants, but the clean white farm-house and covered seating makes a relaxing back drop to the lavender fields.
To start our experience we checked in at the farm-house to orient ourselves to where we should begin. There is no fee to enter the farm all you need is your sun hat, your senses and working hands to clip. (I have to say Mezza Luna has given a great gift to the public to allow us to enter in for free & enjoy this sweet-smelling treasure.) We each wanted to pick bundles to take home and enjoy. The fee was $10 to pick and we were given a rubber band to hold our bundles and a pair of shears to begin our journey. You could also purchase already picked bundles for $12 if you just wanted to sit back and enjoy the experience. These bundles would make lovely gifts along with the other lavender soaps and sachets that were sold at the farm-house.
We took our girls out to the field and began clipping. Check out our pics…..
During our visit we even saw the owner, Lourdes Santos, with her gorgeous hat and beautiful basket clipping away. She was so nice and pleasant and even let me snap a pick with her. Again, I have to say…what a gift she and her family are giving to our community!
After all or our hard work we went back to the farm-house and purchased our goodies to take home along with our bundles. Of course, we had to take part in the lavender infused ice cream made by Raleigh local, Fresh Local Ice Cream ! Mezza Luna provides the lavender that goes into the ice cream. Clipping lavender in the hot sun followed up with a bowl of ice cream….perfect day!
I also purchased short bread lavender cookies that were buttery and yummy. Perfect for my little god-daughter’s hands & just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth. Along with my lavender bundle I also bought two handmade lavender sachets. These sachets would be perfect in my home office, nightstand or even in my car.
Our girls had such a good time helping to clip our lavender bundles. Being treated with cold sweet ice cream & buttery cookies almost topped the afternoon off right. However, to end our trip on an even bigger high for these little cutie pies was that they were able to have a little pampering at the kid’s table near the farm-house. Mezza Luna Lavender Farm knows how to entertain the kiddos that come to visit…face painting, snail hunting, clothes pin painting, nail painting and lots more are offered. (Did I mention that this is another FREE event while you are there.) There were also games of corn hole and other table games going on if you needed to take a break and were feeling a bit competitive. Our girls heard that kids could have their nails painted purple (their favorite color) so they rushed over and picked their glittery purple shade. A very nice young lady working the kid’s table patiently worked on their tiny hands and viola……..Lavender Sparkles!
Mezza Luna Lavender Farm is a place I am definitely going to put on my list of family of excursions (hmmm…date night with the Hubby sounds good, too) for next season. The atmosphere of the lavender farm is welcoming and relaxing, while the plants are beautiful and fragrant. This family business has done a superb job in bringing a new experience like this to our community that leaves one with sweet memories and hopes to return soon.
Have you been to a locally owned farm or business recently that you fell in love with? Would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for stopping by A.I.M.!