Last Saturday while out on the North Fork, Rich surprised me with a trip to Lavender by the Bay. We took a short drive to East Marion and pulled up a gravel drive to a charming open-air building set in front of a field of pale green.
Our first stop was into the shop, where an $8 purchase also buys you entry to the field for a half hour. Its packed with all-natural lavender products from candles to cleaning supplies. I settled on two travel candles in little square-tins. Rich picked out a jar of honey and when we were paying the owner of the farm explained that it was true lavender honey made from hives on the property.
Once paid, we made our way down the lane and around a bend to take in the gorgeous field of lavender. While it's not exactly peak season for the purple buds (that's in June by the way) we did manage to find a few near the edge of the fields. There were even bees gently flying from flower to flower while I took pictures.
Stemming from a lifetime of romanticizing living on a farm in the south of France and a love of the delicate scent of lavender this was the perfect Saturday morning outing for me. With a few moments of fantasizing that I lived there among the bees and flowers, and another few moments of real-life conversation with the owner it let me appreciate how wonderful the farm truly is. Even if you aren't quite as taken with farms or flowers as I am anyone can appreciate this beautiful place.
Visit Lavender by the Bay on Long Island or at a NYC Greenmarket.