Off-Season Hours: CLOSED August-April, except for Farm Events. Please see our “Farm Events” tab for information on our upcoming events.
Wedding Tours/Special Events: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a private tour.
Culinary Lavender Lunch & Learn Tours: Email us at email@example.com to schedule your group.
2020 OPENING DAY for LAVENDER SEASON:
Sunday, May 10th, 2020
1:00 – 4:00
Mama Bird’s Ice Cream
Farm Shoppe Open
We are hoping for some pops of purple in our fields!
Please see our “Farm Events” tab for details. Our lavender will begin to bloom in mid May, peak in June, and continue through summer.
BEFORE ENTERING OUR FARM:
Check our hours BEFORE driving through our front gates to our farm! Make sure we aren’t closed for the off-season, or a private event. We post dates below we are closed during lavender season May to July, otherwise if we are in the off-season August to April then our farm is closed, except for private tours, appointments, or Farm Events that are open to the public!
We donate our farm frequently to local nonprofits, and close for our own private family & friend events! PS: Remember our farm is also our home! 💜
We live on our farm and frequently leave our entrance gates open for meetings with vendors, clients, private tours, deliveries, and other appointments. Please do not drive on to our farm if the date is posted as closed during lavender season, or it is during the off-season months of August through April, or you arrive before or after our set hours.
Our gravel road is shared by our neighbors, so please be courteous and drive very slowly when entering and exiting our farm.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT TO OUR FARM:
DIRECTIONS: Our farm does come up in Google Maps if you have updated your App. Please type in “Lavender Oaks Farm” for the best directions from your location. or use the following address for GPS: Lavender Oaks Farm 3833 Millard Whitley Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516. When you come down our gravel road, Millard Whitley Rd., DRIVE VERY SLOW, follow the purple arrow signs directing you to our main parking lot. You will drive past our farmhouse the “Macdonald Private Residence” and around to our main parking lot. Please park in our main parking lot and walk down to our Main Barn. There are only a few handicap parking places adjacent to our main barn, but please keep the circle drive area clear of all vehicles.
Admission Fee: $5.00 during lavender season. Children 8 and under are free. Active Duty Military and First Responders are free. STOP IN OUR FARM SHOPPE FIRST when you arrive to pay your Admission Fee. We support two local charities with a portion of our Admission Fee: Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation, and A Doorway to Hope.
2020 Seasonal Hours Begin on May 10th, 2020:
Please check our website BEFORE driving to our Farm, or our Social Media Post to make sure we aren’t closed for inclement weather.
We will post any daily schedule changes/closings by 9:30 AM.
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Please check back for dates we will stay open later, so you don’t miss seeing our blooming lavender!
Memorial Day Weekend: Closed
4th of July: Closed
NO RESTAURANT ON OUR FARM: We do NOT have a restaurant on our farm, or sell any food or drinks. Occasionally, we invite food or drink vendors to our farm, but those events are posted on our “Farm Events” tab. Our Culinary Lavender Lunch & Learn Tours are posted on our “Farm Events” tab.
BRINGING FOOD/DRINKS TO OUR FARM: You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and your own drinks (no alcohol) to enjoy on our farm during open hours, but you MUST take ALL GARBAGE with you upon leaving. You’ll see garbage cans on our farm, but those are not for food or drink wrappers or containers as those items left in our garbage cans may attract our forest friends. Our motto is, “Pack in, pack out!” Whatever you pack and bring in, you’ll pack up and bring out!
NO PETS ALLOWED! We love our furry friends, but our lavender does not, so please do not bring pets when visiting our farm, or leave your pets in a hot car when visiting during the summer!
NO SMOKING ON OUR FARM: Our farm is smoke-free! Please DO NOT SMOKE IN OUR PARKING LOT, OR ANYWHERE ON OUR 60 ACRES!
CUTTING LAVENDER: Begins late May, but June is peak, and we continue to allow cutting through summer if we have blooms.
- BRING YOUR OWN SCISSORS AND A BAG TO CARRY YOUR LAVENDER HOME
- CUT ONLY THE LAVENDER THAT IS AVAILABLE TO CUT ON YOUR VISIT.
- CUT above all leaves on the stem! Your bundles should not have any leaves on them- just the buds and stem!
- We charge $10 per bundle of u-cut lavender which is about 25 stems.
- Bring your bundle back to our Farm Shoppe to pay before leaving.
- We’re on the honor system here, so we trust if you cut, you’ll pay!
- You can not cut lavender if it is raining. Lavender does not like water, so we choose not to open up the stems during the rain. We prefer not to disturb our plants when it rains and they seem to be very grateful as they are really beautiful!
- Please make sure to walk between our lavender rows and do not step on top of the white weed fabric.
- Please respect the honey bees, bumble bees, and butterflies in our fields and do not swat or shoo them away to cut lavender. If you wait a few seconds they will most likely flutter off to another stem.
- BEFORE DRIVING TO OUR FARM During Lavender Season May to July: Please check our website and hours BEFORE driving to our farm! Make sure we aren’t closed for inclement weather or a private event. We post dates we are closed! Not all dates are for weddings! We donate our farm frequently to local nonprofits, and close for our own private family & friend events! PS: Remember our farm is also our home! 💜
SAFETY ON OUR FARM
As a working lavender farm, we ask for your assistance in staying with all children at all times during your visit. There is large farm equipment located on our land, gravel roads, and several acres of forest, as well as a 3/4 pond, so please follow our safety and directional signs located around the farm.
Please DRIVE SLOWLY when entering and exit our farm! We share our gravel road with our neighbors, and we expect all visitors to be very cautious of other guests and our neighbors.
If you have any questions regarding your visit, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions” tab, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FARM PHONE NUMBER: 919-909-7417. We do not check this phone as frequently as email. Email is the fastest way to get a reply to any questions. We update our message on this phone, so visitors can check our closings for inclement weather.
We look forward to welcoming you to our family lavender farm!
In the words of Thomas Jefferson:
“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.”
Here’s what you can do with fresh cut lavender:
1. Dry it: Hang it upside down in a dark place such as a closet. In about 2 weeks your lavender will be dry and you can either display it, or rub the buds off the stem and use it as culinary lavender.
2. Display it fresh: If you put your fresh cut lavender in a vase it is best not to put water in the vase. The stem becomes moldy very quickly.
3. Bake or Cook with it: Fresh lavender is wonderful sprinkled on fruit, made into a simple syrup, or added to salads or soups.
Lavender Blooming Update: We will post a weekly “Lavender Update Photo” here beginning in mid May 2020, so you don’t miss all the beautiful blooms. Early to mid June is the peak time to see the most of our 9 varieties in bloom and we’ll continue to have seasonal hours through the summer and early fall as long as we have blooms so you don’t miss the first to last blooms!
As long as we have lavender blooming you can cut some beginning in June.
Our Farm Shoppe is open during lavender season open hours, and throughout the year we host “Farm Shoppe Open Houses.” We sell our handmade lavender products and we do accept credit cards and cash!
Please email us at: email@example.com for questions.
Tours: $10.00 per person (Includes your Admission Fee)
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Groups of 10 or more, please email or call us to let us know you are coming!
Children 12 and under are free for tours.
Tour Description: 25 Minutes
Learn how to grow lavender in North Carolina, the various varieties and their uses grown on our farm, oil distillation, barn restoration, and building our farm!You may stay after the tour to cut some lavender if it is ready to cut. We charge $10 per bundle of fresh cut lavender which is about 25 stems. Please bring your own scissors and a bag to carry your lavender home.
Inclement Weather: Please check this page, or follow us on our Instagram @lavenderoaks and Facebook @lavenderoaksfarmnc for updates on farm closings due to inclement weather! Our lavender can not be cut if there is inclement weather, or heavy rain.
Lavender Oaks Farm is part of North Carolina Agritourism and we are excited to be promoting traditional farming techniques and our organic lavender farm in our great state. Our farm is available to the public through open farm days, private farm events, tours, farm to fork culinary lavender dinners, our popular “Lavender Lunch & Learn Group Tour”, and more! Please go to our Contact page to request information on Lavender Oaks Farm and please follow our Social Media for the latest photos! It is our honor to be an American Farmer!