In the middle of farmland in western St. Joseph County, a small sign reads “Lavender Lane”.
Traffic signs nailed to utility poles at the bottom of the track encourage drivers to “come, get off, get off at the lavender plantation”. At the end of the dirt road is Rows and Rows Lavender Farm.
It lasted about five years for owners Wendy and Kathy Fogle, who bought the 40-acre farm 15 years ago and live on the hillside that overlooks rows of blooming lavender, a variety of perennial flowers and tuberose ( which are best known for use in Hawaiian necklaces). Kathy Fogle said it takes about three years for lavender to mature enough to stand. This is the first full year of operation of the Tamarack Road farm in North Liberty.
“Everything is pick-your-own and everything that blooms is for people,” said Kathy Fogle. “It’s a lavender farm, but it’s also full of color.”
Currently, 900 lavender plants are found in the sand and rock that Fogle calls his “secret land” and are the key to the plants’ success. Different varieties bloom from late June to July, such as phenomenal lavender, Provence lavender, and English lavender. Fogle said the phenomenal variety is better for bouquets, while English lavender is best used for its fragrance.
“All the black earth four feet deep was taken out and all these trenches were built with nothing but sand and rock, and that’s the secret,” Fogle said. “You can see lavender in the dirt and they will lose it in six months. Otherwise, there would be a lavender farm on every corner.”
It is time to harvest lavender in bloom because its season is certainly short. Fogle said the plants really started flowering in the last week of June and a second cut will take place in about six weeks, although she says she isn’t quite as tall.
Customers are allowed to pick their own flowers, with no limit on the amount they are allowed to pick, and to create their own large bouquets of lavender for $ 10 each. Perennial bouquets, such as 48 different colors of echinacea to choose from, cost $ 8.
“I price my things so that everyone can afford a beautiful bouquet at a reasonable price,” Fogle said. “It’s a big box… and you fill it with as many flowers as you can fit in that box. I say fill it and put as many as you can.”
Prepared bouquets, small lavender plants, a bucket of Fogle’s “special soil” and other items are also available for purchase located inside a small barn built on the property and affectionately named “The Flower Box “.
During the summer, the farm will host an annual July 4th event with puppeteer Dave Rozmarynowski. This year’s event was scheduled to take place yesterday, but the owners plan to hold similar events in the future.
In addition to lavender and perennials, the Fogle have planted 4,500 tuberose plants with the intention of selling them commercially in the near future. The delicate white flowers are expected to bloom within the next six to seven weeks and their scent is strongest in the evening, Fogle said. Eventually, the couple plan to expand even further with additional lavender bushes and tuberose plants.
“It was a dream come true, it really is,” Fogle said. “I’m so amazed at all of our hard work and what people see when they come to the farm.… I just want to share it. We’re not an LLC or a big business. We’re just a mom- and- pop by the side of the road, and since we’re retired, that’s what we do now. “
Rows and Rows Lavender Farm is located at 59998 Tamarack Road and is open Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
South Bend will host the pop-up markets of Linden Ave.
The town of South Bend will host three pop-up markets this fall in Kennedy Park.
On August 1, September 5, and October 3, farmers, food vendors and other artisans can sell items at the corner of Linden Avenue and Birdsell Street. Events will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We have worked locally in western neighborhoods like Kennedy Park to understand, from a residents’ perspective, how we can unlock better access to fresh, healthy food,” said Alkeyna Aldridge, Director of Engagement and of the economic empowerment of the city, in a written declaration. “The Pop-Up Market is our first pilot effort to show that the Westside community does have an appetite for fresh, healthy food. “
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Interested sellers can register to participate in the market at southbendin.gov/vendorsignup and email [email protected] for more information.
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