The Yakima Valley, known for vast vineyard acreage and over 100 wineries, happens to be on the same latitude as the famous wine regions of France. This area in southern France is also legendary for its fields of lavender. Therefore, it is not surprising that lavender fields are found in the Yakima Valley as well. Here are a couple of spots around the valley where you can beautiful, fresh lavender and products made with it.
This weekend is Lavender Harvest Days at Selah Ridge Lavender Farm, where they grow several different varieties of lavender. The free Harvest Festival goes from 10:00am to 4:00pm on July 13th and 14th. Celebrating with U-cut lavender, great local artisans, cool vintage items, metal and wood signs, jewelry, stained glass, wreath making, Selah Ridge Lavender farm quality products, handcrafted soaps, lotion, oils, their superb lavender face care line, plants, fresh and dried bouquets, lavender oil distilling demonstrations, music, garden art, activities for children, and shaved ice surrounded by lovely country views. Their lavender products are also available for purchase year round on their website.
Want to sample some local wines by fields of lavender as the French do? The road to J Bell Cellars leads past their lavender field right up to their unique tasting room, with the charm of an old world country winery. Sip wine under the fruiting pear trees, enjoy the scent of the lavender fields and listen to fine Jazz every other Saturday evening. Their lavender is distilled onsite and made into lotions and candles for sale year round at the winery.
The Little Soap Maker gift shop in Downtown Yakima offers many lavender products from soaps to lotions, as well as a wide selections of all natural, lightly scented shea butter and goats milk soaps, shampoo bars, lotions, men’s soaps, candles, scents and gifts. You can even customize your personal lavender scented products.