Let’s be real— after a stressful three months, we all could use as many calming and relaxing methods as we can get. Thankfully, June is the start of the New Jersey lavender season and the timing couldn’t better. This aromatic herb is known for its relaxation effects— just a few whiffs may improve sleep, reduce blood pressure and lower your heart rate. And the best way to reap the benefits? Get a freshly-picked bouquet from a lavender farm. We found five lavender farms in New Jersey ready for you to shop lavender goods, spend the day with the fam in a field picking your own bundles and visit with some furry farm friends (we can’t think of a better reason to get out of the house). As with everything now, these farms have adapted to social distancing rules that include wearing masks and keeping crowds down by booking appointments, so be sure to check out the one you want to visit before you go. Read on to find the best NJ lavender farm near you and go to soak in those relaxation vibes— after all, you deserve it.
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These are the best lavender farms in New Jersey:
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Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm was inspired by a family reunion in Washington, which is known as “the Lavender Capital of North America.” Starting out with just 150 lavender plants, the Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm is now home to about 2000 plants on nearly ten rolling acres of land. Pick your own or shop dried lavender, body scrubs and balms, lavender for baking (yes, it’s a thing), and more in their gift shoppe. During the 2020 season, following the guidelines of the CDC and the New Jersey Farm Bureau, the farm is open for u-pick, plant, and product sales by appointment only, with no drop-ins or unscheduled visits. They also have alpacas you can you visit.
288 Pleasant Valley Road
Morganville, New Jersey
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm offers a variety of lavender types for all kinds of use. In the gift shop, you will find all original products featuring farm-grown lavender including lotion, soap, aromatherapy, sachets, neck pillows, essential oils, arrangements, wreaths, dried lavender, and gift baskets. From now to November, the farm is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. Call ahead to place an order with curbside pickup or you can also visit the fields (although there is no picking). Please wear a mask when entering the gift shop.
890 Route 601
The owners of Orchard View Lavender Farm are committed to growing lavender using natural methods without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Their mission is to create a relaxing oasis where stress is replaced with serenity. With 1300 plants and both French and English cultivars, Orchard View Lavender Farm is the spot in Warren County to purchase a variety of artisan products including bath and body, household, culinary, teas, sachets, wreaths, home and garden decor, lavender bundles both fresh and dry, and lavender buds. Be sure to try the lavender-infused honey imported from Oregon. During harvest time, you can cut and pick your own lavender bundles. For the 2020 season, please wear a mask and follow social distancing rules. The farm is open from now through December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 5PM.
101 Karrsville Road
Port Murray, NJ
Mad Lavender Farm nods to Lewis Carroll, creator of Alice in Wonderland, by injecting a dose of fun into the farm’s creations – like the lavender lemonade, visits with the baby Dwarf Nigerian goats, and an overall lavender oasis. At this farm, you can shop artisan products, take goat yoga classes, and enjoy seven varieties of lavender all grown organically without chemicals or pesticides. Pick your own lavender is from mid-June to early July by appointment only. The farm is open Wednesdays to Sundays in June from 10AM to 4PM. In July and August, from Fridays to Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. Their shopping hours are from 12PM to 2PM, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June through October, and they also book private events.
452 County Road 579
Princeton Lavender Farm is home to both ‘Big Time Blue’ lavender, a darker color, and ‘Melissa Pink’ lavender, a lighter purple. In addition to strolling through the lavender field, your family can visit the goat pasture and feed the goats. The farm is open for appointments on Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM to 4PM.
3741 Lawrenceville Road
Happy Day Farm boasts 130 acres of farmland and luscious lavender fields to wander through and admire. With two different types of lavender, both Phenomenal and Hidcode, you’ll be able to spend a relaxing day breathing in the calming scents and taking insta-worthy photos with your the fam. Just be sure not to pick the lavender, as it’s only for viewing. The lavender fields are open through June 30, Tuesday to Sunday, 8AM to 3PM.
106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726