Lockwood Farms: Lavender Capital of the Finger Lakes

July 1, 2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Summer Activities

The farm was built in 1854

About 7 miles south of the town of Skaneateles, along the West Lake Road, (41A) you will see a beautiful view of the lake, over rolling farmlands. This is the fifth generation (1854) home of Gary and Karen Lockwood, and the site of the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival (July 9-10, 2011).

A view of the 18 varieties of Lavender

Lavender is not easy to grow in Upstate New York, but you wouldn’t know it to look at the beautiful rows of blooming flowers on the Lockwood’s 120-acre farm. The Finger Lakes is too much cold, too  damp AND has the wrong type of soil. When the Lockwood’s plant Lavender they use an auger to drill a hole 2’ deep. Before they plant the Lavender plants (300 more each year) they add their special soil to encourage the plants to flourish.

Finger Lakes Summer Activities

In case you did not know what Lavender looks like

Prepare to be educated about Lavender. There are 18 varieties and over 1800 plants on the farm. This plant originates in France and England, but these have originated raised and shipped from Washington State. Besides being known as a fragrant dried flower, Lavender is also used in cooking.  If you go to the Festival there will be a chef preparing recipes featuring Lavender. You can also pick your own.

A view towards the lake, looking over the sheep pasture

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The store sells Lavender products and home-made honey

There are other workers at Lockwood farms. Bees are busy pollinating the plants. Their honey is bottled and sold in beautiful jars with beeswax seals. A field of Buckwheat is near by, working to discourage pests, and a field of goldenrod is left alone, to delight the bees and improve their honey. Open fields encourage the foxes to come a little closer, and eat the voles, which eat the Lavender. The Lockwood’s try to utilize what nature provides to enhance everything they grow.

If you want an authentic taste of the Finger Lakes, come to the Lavender Festival, or you can stop by any Saturday or Sunday from 9-3.

It's easy to pick. Scissors and this template guide you as you gather a bunch of Lavender

Directions:  From the village of Skaneateles take Kane Road/41A. Continue south on West Lake Road/41A,  6.8 miles. Pass the hamlet of Mandana, we are the first farm past fire lane 50 on the left hand side

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