You’ll see an abundance of both this time of year at one of the largest lavender farms in the Midwest, where more than 14,000 of the fragrant plants attract pollinators and people who can’t get enough — and, on occasion, a little too much. RELATED: Schedule for All Things Lavender Festival at Fragrant Isle, It can be a similar experience for workers who start harvesting the plants by hand in July. It’s relaxation. Escape winter with a look at some of Wisconsin's favorite sports and games. Martine is always looking for ways to network with contractors close to home to develop new Fragrant Isle products. The oil and dried buds are then sent to contractors in Madison, Cedarburg and Sturgeon Bay and three other states who make the products that bear the Fragrant Isle label, including linen spray, dusting powder, insect repellent, bath salts, body scrub and bubble bath. In other words, you need to have well-drained loamy soil. Anderson can remember the lilac bushes in bloom and the fragrant smell across the island on the northern tip of Door County. The annual festival is home to the United States Snow Sculpting Championship, where teams from across the nation gather to compete as they create massive sculptures. When is your lavender in bloom? Martine is the designated dreamer of the pair, but Edgar is the one who knows how to build a project literally from the ground up. She has been talking to a business in Door County about doing a lavender-infused coffee, and she likes the idea of a lavender vodka. Picture yourself visiting Washington Island on a blue sky-day and imagine yourself surrounded by thousands of beautiful lavender plants coming into bloom. The Andersons did test garden plots at their home to see which varieties were most winter hardy. It is an awesome sight,” Edgar said of the barn during harvest. Out of one batch in the still comes both Essential Oil and Lavender Hydrosol (flower water). Some of lavender stays on site and is used by the chef of the Le Petit Bistro, which serves dinner Thursday through Saturday and offers seating on a new terrace that overlooks the lavender fields. The Historic Island Dairy: Lavender - See 83 traveller reviews, 56 candid photos, and great deals for Washington Island, WI, at Tripadvisor. WASHINGTON ISLAND - It’s hard to tell who finds the lavender fields at Fragrant Isle more blissful: the bees or the tourists. We’re beginning to really make an impact on other businesses, because people are using the restaurants, using the hotels.”. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the rich soil and the ideal microclimate of the Sequim Valley makes a perfect environment for growing fine lavender. "Living the Wisconsin Life" is an online series exploring the little things that make living in Wisconsin fun, interesting and meaningful. 2016 - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,409 candid photos and videos. Welcome to Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, which has its grand opening on June 21 from 3 to 5 pm, with Jon Bartz, regional director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and Joel Gunnlaugsson, Washington Island town chairman. Ice, cold and winter are an integral part of what it means to live in Wisconsin. Next it’s suspended for five to six weeks to dry. ‘Eventually I said, ‘Mmm ... Washington Island looks much better than the O’Hare Airport,” Edgar said. Instead, you might say they followed their nose. “So we joke if the ferry were to fall down, the whole lake will foam with lavender soaps,” Edgar said. $9.95 Our Bee Happy mug resonates with all and inspires us daily. Caring for Lavender in the Spring. At the Island Lavender Farm and Market, located in Door County Wisconsin, we hand harvest our lavender buds and artfully distill our essential lavender oil to make over 160 products for you. Weather. Food plays a central part in many holiday traditions. ... 127 W Washington St Sequim, Washington 98382. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop: Pretty and In Bloom - See 204 traveler reviews, 172 candid photos, and great deals for Washington Island, WI, at Tripadvisor. Anderson can remember the lilac bushes in bloom and the fragrant smell across the island on the northern tip of Door County. It’s time to embrace the season as Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald visits Winterfest in Lake Geneva. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm is the largest single-site lavender grower in the Midwest. Where are is your lavender farm and shop located? Located on the unlikely spot of Washington Island, 7 miles northeast of the tip of the Door County peninsula, Fragrant Isle doesn’t use any sprays or chemicals to grow the glorious-smelling herb. Her seed of an idea was enough to get him extensively researching the possibilities. Yes, life at Fragrant Isle Farm & Shop is pretty sweet. “Fragrant Isle has become a destination. It’s not just the green thumb crowd. “Then you see this glow. ... Can be quite crowded at the weekend and during the month+ peak bloom. Harvesting and processing lavender is labor intensive as they collect the plants all by hand. “You take life once at a time, at my age and just enjoy, and I think that’s what I do,” Anderson said. Because the U.S. lavender industry is so small, machinery for harvesting is not easily available, Edgar said, so the majority of harvesting is done by hand. An irrigation system handles the watering, but 14 employees (and generous volunteers on the island) tend to the plants by hand, meticulously weeding throughout the season and trimming the plants before they go dormant to maintain the uniform ball shapes that make home gardeners envious. The Lands We Share: Danell Cross & Metcalfe Park Legacy Garden, Barb Carey Introduces Women To Ice Fishing. His career with McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., required extensive travel to oversee the 2,000 restaurants the company built each year all over the world. It’s a small island at approximately 6 miles wide and 7 miles long. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, Washington Island Picture: Lavender in bloom! What they discovered on Washington Island was the perfect soil to grow lavender. When Does Lavender Bloom?. You need to make your research, you need to learn how it is handled before you jump,” Anderson said. “We grow a more pungent variety, which is also edible, but people will not like it because it is too pungent, so we use it more for products like room sprays that is more for the aroma,” Edgar said. The Historic Island Dairy: Lavender at the dairy - See 83 traveller reviews, 56 candid photos, and great deals for Washington Island, WI, at Tripadvisor. Watch this page for pictures of the Lavender Bloom Progress. Washington Island Door County Farms Lavender Bloom Plants Beautiful The Farm Flora They had 5,000 — more than six times the year-round population of the 800 or so residents who call the 35-square-mile island home, not to mention a traffic record for the ferry line. They’re expecting 24 people for a class on cooking with lavender later this month. Lavender trains will bus tourists from the ferry dock to the former hay field at 1350 Airport Road, where the sea of purple is impossible to miss. “The island population is very proud of what we’ve done. We use both the lavender essential oil and lavender hydrosol in our lavender products. This fun and unique mug celebrates the inspiring return of bald eagles to Washington Island and Island Lavender's fragrant fields of lavender there to welcome them. It takes a lot of lavender to distill it into Lavender Essential Oil. I’m sleepy. “Even men love lavender, which is kind of a surprise to me,” Martine said. So much so, it’s not uncommon to see a bee simply collapse from overindulging. WASHINGTON ISLAND (WLUK) -- A sea of purple plants is in full bloom in the far northern part Door County. View a map. Anderson uses the lavender to make soaps, lotions, body sprays and other organic lavender products. “People walk in here and go, ‘Oh wow, it’s so beautiful.’”. For Anderson the sky is the limit and at the end of the day, she has accomplished her lifelong dream. Location. into your garden means a pleasant, calming fragrance and a gentle purple color. We proudly farm sustainably without chemicals or pesticides. ISLAND LAVENDER, Washington Island, Wisconsin, offers more than 150 products made from lavender that is naturally grown in our fields. “In the morning, I get up pretty early. It begins in mid-July in the two remote fields and will continue into August, gradually transferring the vibrant color in the fields into a large red barn, where a mass of cut bundles hangs from the trusses to dry. They would turn the land into an island oasis and a sea of purple lavender. “We didn’t think it would be such a popular attraction, but it’s becoming a destination in the county. For 30 Years, Her Ice Cream Truck Was The Sound Of Wausau’s Summer, Meet The Nine-Year-Old Entrepreneur Behind Kyric’s Lemonade, My Mother’s Tea: Skepticism And Love Of Family Traditions. In their retirement, the Anderson’s were looking for a place to call home, a place that would be pristine and in touch with nature. You get out here with the sun just beginning to rise and here are the birds — even the bees aren’t up — but the birds. “When you take out all the work and really think of it, it’s happiness. We cook what we have. Organic meat comes from Waseda Farms in Door County, and a new partnership with a vegetable grower on the island allows for fresh produce. Produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. The success of Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm is proof you can do business on Washington Island, and be successful at it. When she noticed how well it did in her home garden, she had an idea for that “second career” she and Edgar had talked about. They get drunk on the nectar,” said Edgar Anderson, who owns the farm with his wife, Martine. At the Island Lavender Farm and Market, located in Door County Wisconsin, we hand harvest our lavender buds and artfully distill our essential lavender oil to make over 160 products for you. Washington Island Tourism Washington Island Hotels Bed and Breakfast Washington Island Washington Island Holiday Rentals Washington Island Holiday Packages Eighty-two people from the Chicago chapter of the Porsche Club of America made the trip last fall (cars included). Washington Island has virtually no topsoil, but whatever the sandy loam ground lacks in nutrients, it more than makes up for in excellent drainage. Love Wisconsin? “There’s a lot of opportunity we haven’t tapped into yet,” said Martine, who would eventually like to have 150 Fragrant Isle products at the shop and retail website. And lavender and cheese? Beautiful blooms at one of two lavender farms on the island. Island Lavender Farm Market: Pricey Shop - See 75 traveler reviews, 32 candid photos, and great deals for Washington Island, WI, at Tripadvisor. “When we said we were retiring, we didn’t say, ‘Well, let’s go do lavender,’” Edgar said. She began working this year with a woman on the island to make a lavender-cherry jam. For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we discover how Wisconsinites experienced the war both at home and on the battlefield. ... We're honored to have been chosen as a feature business to represent Washington Island, WI with our fragrant lavender blooms. Island Lavender and Farm Market . This weekend’s festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, will feature massages in the lavender field, lavender chocolate-making demonstrations, tours of the farm and barn, Scandinavian dancers, music and a chance for visitors to cut their own fresh lavender bundles. We hear it every day,” he said. “The whole thing is just lavender. I have to go take a nap.”. Martine was born in France and lived for years in the South of France, where it’s “acre and acre and acre” of lavender fields. Pelindaba Lavender is a premier organic grower of lavender plants, distiller of lavender essential oils and handcrafter of lavender products. We’re a little better than what the middle of Wisconsin would be, because we’re along (Lake Michigan), so the lake helps us, but we still get very long, cold weather.”. She eventually moved to Florida but discovered you can’t grow lavender in that climate. “We’re going to do it the French way. Edgar recalls a worker last season who came forward and said, “I can’t continue. We grow all natural lavender for fine products for your skin, bath, home and the kitchen. The lavender is then hand cut, hand tied and hung up to dry. An increasing number of folks are picking up on the Fragrant Isle scent. We try to post photos on Facebook, so check with us as the season progresses. “People’s mouths really open and they are like wow. They found it in a farm field that had never been sprayed with pesticides or fertilizer. Growing lavender presents its own challenges and awards. It’s nice. The Andersons had no plans to get into the lavender business. There are lovely symmetrical gardens tailor-made for tourist photos, chocolates handcrafted in Cedarburg with lavender oil from the island, a bistro that serves chocolate croissant bread pudding with caramel-infused lavender sauce and whipped cream — a concoction so dreamy, plates have been known to come back licked clean — and an upscale shop that sells everything from lavender lotions and soaps to culinary buds and even lavender flea powder. Some are grown for culinary purposes; others for things such as body lotions and tonic. Washington Island. Lavender requires no fertilizing, and the Andersons forgo any chemicals to keep their product all natural, but they do tuck the plants in each winter by covering entire fields with a fabric that protects the crop from the island’s unforgiving winds. “Bees love lavender. Washington Island is located off of the Door County peninsula. The Andersons spoke to 170 people at the Herb Society of America-Wisconsin Unit’s symposium in Milwaukee in March. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, Washington Island Picture: English Lavender in full bloom - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,332 candid photos and videos. The shop was very well stocked and had something at all price ranges - lots of lavender scented toiletries, soaps, lotions, dried lavender, books and even a small bakery. It’s not anymore something that the people discover by accident really,” Martine said. Bundles dry for six weeks before the buds are extracted by the rotating brushes of a debudding machine. Raising lavender on an island is tricky, especially on one that sits on the northern edge of where it’s even possible to grow the plant. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop: lavender - See 202 traveler reviews, 166 candid photos, and great deals for Washington Island, WI, at Tripadvisor. “We’re very proud that we’re one of the top sources of employment. “They are starting to drive and take the ferry because of the lavender business.”. In addition to the bees and the tourists, count the Andersons among those who have found bliss among the lavender plants at Fragrant Isle. Our lavender fields usually peak in July and August. Washington Island. As Anderson would say, it doesn’t like wet feet. When Martine Anderson and her husband Edgar arrived on Washington Island it was love at first site. If there’s one thing lavender doesn’t like, it’s wet feet. Monday-Friday: 9-5 Saturday: 10-5 It’s no wonder the crew of the Washington Island Ferry notices so many purple Fragrant Isle shopping bags coming back with passengers who make the 20- to 30-minute voyage between the island and the mainland. “He looked at me and told me I was absolutely crazy.”. Washington Lavender Farm is an oceanfront lavender farm in the Sequim Valley along the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington. Answer 1 of 5: How late are there still blossoms on the lavender plants? Delightful to find that lavender grows so well here. The sunshine on the plants is amazing. More than 5,000 people come for the lavender festival alone in late July. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, Washington Island Picture: English Lavender in full bloom - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,409 candid photos and videos. The goal is to reach 30,000 plants between the Fragrant Isle main site and two remote fields not open to public. 920-847-2179 Washington Island Chamber of Commerce 2206 West Harbor Road Washington Island, WI 54246 | October 13, 2016. “You’ve got to cut them aggressively. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop is located in Washington Island. “I told Edgar, ‘What about lavender?’” Martine said. It’s a year-round community with a few restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, and VRBOs. By Joel Waldinger It’s beautiful,” Anderson said. She went on to have a long career with high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. They’re then sifted by another machine and used for products such as sachets. Warm weather or not, it’s here! I don’t think in the Midwest you see lavender farms this size,” Anderson said. There are more than 400 lavender varieties in the world, but Fragrant Isle sticks with about 14, primarily English types. The Andersons expected 2,500 visitors for their inaugural All Things Lavender Festival last year. We don’t freeze,” Martine said. Answer 1 of 5: How late are there still blossoms on the lavender plants? Growing up in France, Anderson always had a sweet spot for lavender but owning an entire farm always seemed liked an impossible adventure. Add to cart. “You cannot be naive going into this type of business. 920-847-2179 Washington Island Chamber of Commerce 2206 West Harbor Road Washington Island, WI 54246 One of Washington Island’s newest attractions is Fragrant Isle Lavender, one of the Midwest’s premier lavender farms. “The lavender attracts a lot of tourism, and we get thousands of visitors a year, which is beginning to have an impact on the island,” Edgar said. Island Lavender, Ephraim, Wisconsin. © Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin, services of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. Get your favorite Wisconsin Life stories, meet the crew, and go behind the scenes. Things happen naturally.”. “That’s the problem with lavender, if you don’t trim it, it will get leggy,” Edgar said. The farm is seeing more garden groups make the trip. Bringing lavender plants (Lavandula spp.) When Martine Anderson and her husband Edgar arrived on Washington Island it was love at first site. Our still at the farm on Whidbey Island runs 3 or 4 batches a day during harvest season. We're going to be there in mid-august, will there be any left? We're going to be there in mid-august, will there be any left? 16K likes. Thousands of bees are buzzing the lavender fields on Washington Island but find out why it’s unlikely you will get stung. Daily Forecast; Hourly Forecast; Cameron's Road Show "Ice Week" explores the many ways that ice defines us. Fragrant Isle essential oils are 100 percent pure — no water or additives, Martine said. THE LAVENDER BLOOM IS ON IN SEQUIM! While we own other fields as well, our main farm on the corners of Airport and Townline Roads on Washington Island will become home to approximately 30,000 lavender plants when planting is completed in … “Everything was designed to be able to sell the product we have here on the shelf in Chicago or New York or wherever when we get there.”. PutFragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop into our Washington Island trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next. What started with 9,000 plants at Fragrant Isle has already grown to more than 14,000. The address is 1309 Range Line Road, Washington Island, WI 54246. Watch NBC Live. You’ll love Wisconsin Life, a place for engaging stories of the people that make Wisconsin feel like home. Married for 29 years, the couple retired five years ago to the island, where Martine was thrilled to be able to grow her beloved lavender again. A long distilling process yields the highest-quality oil, Edgar said. Dining is by reservation only, as everything is fresh. We proudly farm sustainably without chemicals or pesticides. He started by talking to growers in Sequim, Wash., considered the hub of the lavender industry in the United States. There are reports all over Sequim about the purple getting ready to show! It’s spectacular. When the process is complete, the oil floats to the top of water and is separated. Very concentrated and expensive, it’s treated like purple gold. And then I tell myself, ‘I’m happy I’m doing this. Lavender is revered for its relaxing properties, and that can be heady stuff when you’re working so closely with the scent for hours on end. It’s so tranquil,” Edgar said. The picturesque farm, with row upon row of perfectly manicured plants, is literally abuzz with bees. “We’re in Zone 5b (on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map). I like this.’”, and follow her on Twitter @KendraMeinert, Schedule for All Things Lavender Festival at Fragrant Isle, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. American Lavender Mug . You can stroll through 14,000 thriving lavender plants in the garden, where the view is spectacular, and enjoy unique shopping opportunities with over 120 exquisite lavender … We are located on the corner of Townline and Airport Roads on Washington Island, WI off the tip of Door County. Finally, the oils are then distilled out of the plant. “We knew we would do something, but eventually it just worked that way, which is great. Very relaxing and pleasant to visit in the middle of Washington Island. It’s that time of year when the lavender plants, depending on the variety, are starting to bloom. Island Lavender and Farm Market . You can actually go back to the dead wood and just leave about a half-inch of green and that will come back.”. Menu. Why not, she said. It’s that premise as an agribusiness tourist destination that makes Fragrant Isle a natural fit for Door County, where people want to see how things are grown or made and want to feel comfortable with the product they’re buying, Edgar said. Especially considering that Anderson had made a career in high fashion, working for Saks 5th Avenue and Nieman Marcus in charge of haute couture, a far cry from farming lavender fields in Wisconsin. Island Lavender will be featured on a new episode of Haunted State Friday, April 26 at 9pm on Amazon Prime! Learn all about preparations, planting, ... More heat creates more fragrant blooms. Workers cut five or six bundles from each plant. “We have to be very careful because this is a harsh climate,” Edgar said. WASHINGTON ISLAND - It’s hard to tell who finds the lavender fields at Fragrant Isle more blissful: the bees or the tourists. Storyteller Rodney Lambright II's comic series about the rich relationship between a single father, his young daughter and his retirement-age parents. It’s mostly known for the unique Schoolhouse Beach and the lavender fields. People from Door County and the state are making their way here to see the lavender.”. Plants that are used for oils are cut in the morning and then cooked in a copper still the same day. On our beautiful farm on San Juan Island, WA, we undertake these activities in accordance with the highest environmental and aesthetic standards. A lotion for little girls and men’s shaving cream and after shave are among five new products to be introduced at this year’s festival. Enjoy beautiful pictures & video of Island Lavender in Washington Island, Wisconsin as the crew explores the lavender farm along with our Historic Island Dairy building that dates back to … She met Edgar, who was born in Honduras and did his architectural studies in Miami. The Island Lavender Farm and Market at the Historic Island Dairy in the center of Washington Island, Wisconsin is located at the intersection of Range Line Road and Town Line Road. “We decided to go big, because we wanted to do it more, not as a mom-and-pop kind of a business, but more of a business,” she said. Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm is currently has over 16,000 plants and 48 different varieties of lavender growing, including white and pink lavender. This series honors the foods and meals that make the day. Washington Island Tourism Washington Island Hotels Washington Island Bed and Breakfast Washington Island Holiday Rentals Washington Island Packages Edgar and Martine Anderson thought, can’t lavender do the same thing for Washington Island as it has for Provence and the American Northwest?

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