One of the highlights of the Washington Island summer season has quickly emerged in just the past four years. Edgar and Martine Anderson, who started Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm just six years ago, held the first “All Things Lavender” Festival in July 2015, just as their lavender fields started to bloom.
Next year’s festival, July 20-22, 2018, offers three days with several food dishes prepared with lavender, demonstrations about the growing, harvesting and distillation of lavender plants, all in a beautiful lavender farm setting. The festival also features unique scented lotions, lavender edibles, local folklore presentations, music, painting classes and on-site massages.
A little-known fact is that lavender is actually the only essential oil that can be applied directly to the skin, helping to reduce stress and induce relaxation and sleep. Lavender also soothes minor cuts, scratches or burns. Its long-term popularity as a bath and spa product is partially because lavender oil can be mixed with other ingredients to create heavenly-scented soaps, lotions and shampoos. Jams, honey, tea, baked goods and confections are a few of the ways lavender is often used in culinary offerings.
Devotion, joy and luck are reputedly transmitted through the scent of lavender, so it is often used to celebrate weddings, anniversaries or other special occasions.
Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop is on Washington Island, but also has a new retail store at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek (Unit A14). Both locations will carry the entire line of Fragrant Isle Lavender Products.
If you do come to the “All Things Lavender” Festival, bring your camera, as the blooming fields are stunningly beautiful. For more info: www.fragrantisle.com