Goodbye city, hello lavender fields! If you want to escape the city life for a day, take a visit to Lavender By the Bay in East Marion, Long Island. This family owned lavender farm provides some the highest quality lavender on Long Island for over 15 years. The best time to visit the lavender fields is in late June and early July so you can see the English and French lavenders. The French lavender's main bloom was not fully bloomed when I went last week so I recommend you go with the next week or so to see it in full action. Please check out their website and their Instagram for their bloom update. You won't regret it!
Entry to the fields is $6 on weekdays and $9 on weekends and national holidays so make sure to bring some cash! I recommend walking all the way back to of the fields on your right so you can get little to no people in your photos. Since there is limited shade in the fields, make sure to stay hydrated and bring a parasol.
After exploring the fields, make sure to stop by their gift shop and purchase some lavender products to bring home with you. They sell soaps, essential oils, bath salts, sachets, and of course, fresh lavender. Shannon and I ended up buying fresh lavender to dry and preserve for a year. It's already drying on my kitchen table!
How to Care for Fresh Lavender Bunches:
Your lavender bunch will stay fresh looking for 3-5 days without water. Lavender is best in its dried state because it will last months to years. Do no place your fresh bunch in water or it will eventually rot. There are two options to take care of them:
Option 1: If you want your lavender to dry straight, we suggest you split your bunches into 2-3 small lunches and secure with a rubber band. Using an opened paperclip, hang your bunches upside down on a clothes hangers in a dry, shaded area. After one week, combine your bunches and place in a vase.
Option 2: This method of drying allows more wild, wilted aesthetic. Remove the rubber band and place your fresh bunch in a vase with a wide opening. A wide vase will allow the stems to breathe and prevent molding, so do not overstuff your vase. Slit your bunches into two if your vase doesn't seem wide enough.
*Don't forget to gently pinch the buds to release the fragrance.
All care information provided by Lavender By the Bay :)
If you end visiting the North Fork, make sure to add Lavender By the Bay to your itinerary! Sometimes you don't have to go far, to enjoy something new :)
Photography: Shannon Ryan