Lavender & Wine
An annual Texas farm festival offers a feast for the senses this weekend.
Is there anything more aromatic than the perfumey fragrance of a bunch of purple flowered lavender or that first sniff of an especially robust vintage swirling in your glass? Lavender & Wine Fest at Chappell Hill Farm in Texas combines the two this Saturday in what can only be described as a feast for the senses. Stroll through fragrant fields, cut your own lavender and enjoy a glass of lavender lemonade or Texas wine from Windy Winery on a scenic hillside in the heart of bluebonnet country.
Cutting season at Chappell Hill usually begins in August and continues through October. Owners Jim and Debbie McDowell were looking for a more serene lifestyle outside of Houston when they purchased 23 rolling acres in the Texas countryside. They found that lavender growing was well suited for the dry climate and started out with 600 plants. They planted another 600 six months later. In 2004, over 1,000 plants went in the ground. Anywhere from 100 to 400 blooms per plant are produced during the blooming season, and guests during the festival and on weekends through October are encouraged to cut their own.
The farm’s Lavender Patch Store sells soaps, lotions, oils, teas, jams, coffee and other items made from the bounty, and lavender plants will also be on sale for $3 to festival goers. Back to the wine, Windy Winery brings its special Lady Lavender variety to taste along with its other vintages and holds a grape stomp during the event.
Lavender & Wine Fest is free and takes place Saturday, August 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Click on over to our Recipes section for Lavender Pecan Crisps, a favorite of visitors to the farm.