How Sweet it is – Local Honey and Lavender
July 8th, 2019
One thing we have no shortage of here in the Rogue Valley are local farms. This month, we’d like to shine a light on two of them.
Noah grew up in the Rogue Valley and got his first beehive at the age of 13. Since that first hive, through trial and error, multiple setbacks, and various work experience with other beekeepers he settled into his own personal style of beekeeping. In his 20’s, he married his wife, Kaylene and they officially started the Noah’s Bee business.
Noah strategically places his hives around the area so the bees can pollinate native blackberries, wild tree blossoms, and flowers. “Our bees give something special to our community, helping it flourish by pollinating organic gardens! We offer classes in the spring to educate local beekeepers and sell starter hives as well! Many are discovering the joy and necessity in caring for the bees.”
Applegate Valley Lavender Farm
The Thompson family is farming the land Deborah’s parents previously owned. Recognizing the similarity of the Applegate Valley to France’s Bordeaux region which is full of lavender fields and vineyards, they decided to utilize the land as a lavender farm. In 2005, Applegate Valley Lavender Farm was born.
“In addition to Lavender we’re also raising Grass Fed Beef, Olde English Babydoll Sheep, Sebastopol Geese, ducks and chickens. Our farm is one of several family-owned agribusinesses in the heart of the Applegate Valley taking advantage of the fertile soil and nurturing climate. Among our farming neighbors are numerous organic farms and vineyards. We’re currently growing eight varieties of lavender and offer many lavender products.”
The 2019 lavender season opens July 9th and closes July 28th with the following u-pick hours:
Lavender Season 2019
- Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Thursday Golden Hour – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The address is: 15370 HWY 238, Grants Pass, OR 97527. You can also visit their website at applegatevalleylavenderfarm.com.