The Many Facets of Lavender


By Mandi Dietz

As the lavender fields in Texas, which bloom from about May to late July, fade, the flowering plant lives on in a multitude of uses. Commercially grown lavender, although fairly new to the state in the last couple of decades, can meet many needs. Lavender Ridge Farms’ Country Gift Shop and Café in Gainesville offers everything from hand sanitizer; lotions and salves; bath and body products like lip balm, bubble bath and salts, handmade soaps and more, essential oils and aromatherapy, to candles, pet care, insect repellent, photo ops, recipes, culinary, honey, herbs, coffee and teas.

Originally a strawberry and melon farm a century ago, the land of Lavender Ridge, family-owned for more than 150 years, resides eight miles east of Gainesville, off County Road 178 from Farm to Market Road 678 and Highway 82, and an hour north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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