By Elizabeth Vance
Lavender season is upon us and there’s no better place to cut your own bundle of stems than White Hills Lavender & Herb Farm in Dearing, GA. It is truly one of the area’s best kept secrets. This season, White Hills will be open every Friday through mid-July from 10a.m to 6p.m. for tours of the farm; a mini demonstration is planned for each week and of course shopping their wonderful products in the lavender barn.
Tours are most enjoyable in the morning, before the heat sets in, and start at 10:30 am. A tour of the land is as educational as it is breathtakingly beautiful. With endless fields, blue skies, the heavenly aroma of herbs everywhere and a picturesque 1890s farmhouse. The products here are top-notch but the real treat is farm proprietor Lisa Kessler; an endless spring of information and knowledge. Her science-based farming methods provide a unique approach to an even more unique experience. As you tour the fragrant gardens, Kessler rambles off scientific names for each variety of the species, along with the individual nuances of each –“this one is perfect for composing a tea,” “this one is best in a mild climate.”
The farm, while over 30 acres, has eight acres in cultivation with 14 varieties of lavender which fall into two categories: culinary and aromatherapy. Kessler also grows a variety of herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, basil and calamint, a native Georgia mint.
Demonstrations, which are different from week to week, will start at 1:30p.m. in the lavender barn. Kessler educates attendees in crafting field-to-product culinary herb blends, balms or lavender-infused oils. Sit a spell in the kitchen as Kessler walks you through creating the perfect herb rub for seasoning poultry or for adding to olive oil to use as a dipping sauce for bread or perhaps even for steeping a calming pot of tea.
They are also offering picnic lunches for Friday pick-up or enjoyment around the farm. Call (706-595-5081) by Thursday at noon, to place an order; $8.50 per person and includes lunch, dessert and a drink. Baked goods and culinary samples will also be available to purchase every week.
Be on the lookout for non-growing season classes, including baking with lavender (shortbreads, scones, cupcakes), key herbs for health wellness and nutrition, and spa grade beauty products. Visit WhiteHillsHerbs.com to stay up to date on classes and product offerings.
White Hills Farm is located at 1419 Fort Creek Rd., in Dearing, GA 30808
For more info about Thomson, visit www.visitthomsonga.com.
Elizabeth Vance has been the Director of the Thomson-McDuffie County CVB for 8 years. A lifelong Georgia resident, she is passionate about Georgia Tourism. For more information about the Thomson area, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.