Lavender Ridge Farms

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Lavender Ridge Farms

2391 County Rd 178
Gainesville, Texas 78240
(940) 665-6938

Farm Hours

Thursday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Café Hours

Lunch: Friday – Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Dinner: Friday – Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm, by reservation only

www.lavendrridgefarms.com

It’s true!  Texas is ‘God’s Country’.  And heaven lies on a ridge eight miles east of Gainesville.  Tucked away, off a small country road, Lavender Ridge Farms offers a respite from day-to-day life.  The small countryside farm is serene and picturesque.  Surrounded by green rolling hills, the colorful zinnias and bachelor buttons urge visitors to wander and pick. 

Jane Dane, one of the owners of Lavender Ridge Farms, says “Living here and having this as a business is a dream come true.”  The farm offers fresh cut flowers; zinnias and bachelor buttons right now, lavender earlier in the year.  This u-pick garden produces yellow squash, cucumbers, purple hull peas and okra.  This year farming wasn’t favorable for tomatoes.  Visitors receive a basket to fill with produce for only $12.00.  Small baskets of produce are available for sale in the gift shop also.  And, if it’s as hot as it was the day I visited, having the produce picked and ready to go was a welcome surprise.  The fresh picked purple hull peas cooked up beautifully and complemented several dinners.  And what says Texas better than a mess of fresh picked purple hull peas?

Chairs sit out under the large shady oaks in front of the gift shop, tempting visitors to sit and relax, basking in the scenic view of the farm.  Farm visitors might be greeted by Purdy and Dutch, two sweet furry caretakers of the farm.  The fragrances wafting through the gift shop delight the senses.  I threatened that I was going to put a sleeping bag down and not leave that room.  The shop contains an assortment of handmade herbal soaps, dried lavender bundles, lotions and ointments, herbal books, cute country signs, lavender honey, jams and much more.

Dane shared that she dreamed of having a business like this for several years.  After taking her school class to visit an apple orchard in Roanoke, Henrietta Creek Orchard, she became enamored with farm life.  She stated “After meeting ‘Farmer Sue’ that day, I knew that I wanted to be ‘Farmer Jane’.”  Her only frustrations with the farming life were after a two-acre lavender field and a half-acre herb garden were destroyed from the flooding in 2007.

Besides farming and the gift shop, Dane keeps busy with the café on the premises.  Lunch is available Friday through Sunday.  The café menu offers lavender honey chicken salad and rosemary green beans, ham and swiss cheese on a croissant with dilled potato salad, or a salad trio.  The salad trio consists of the lavender honey chicken potato salad, dilled potato salad and a garden salad.  Dinner at the café is available by reservation only.

Farmer, herb gatherer, chef and hostess, Farmer Jane has a full plate.  But the tantalizing aromas that arise from her plate are delightful: fresh Texas soil, aromatic lavender, fragrant flowers and herbs are amidst the peaceful serenity of her newfound country life.  She’s discovered her own little haven in the hustle and bustle of urban life.  Fortunately for us, she’s willing to share it.  For a day to enjoy, take a trip out to Lavender Ridge Farms.  It’s a trip you’ll treasure.

PS.  Be sure to mark your calendars … October 9th – 11th , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., rain or shine …

Lavender Ridge Farm’s Fall Festival offers pumpkins to buy, flowers to cut from their fields, good food, music and great shopping.  Vendors feature everything from antiques, art, handcrafted items and much more.  Saturday there is a horseshoe tournament to benefit a local family.

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