Kin Loch Farmstead
Kin Loch Farmstead, Western New York's first lavender farm, was born in the Spring of 2018 when we planted 2,000 lavender plants on the front parcel of our 37 acre plot. We specifically chose this land because of its sandy soil, which is perfect for lavender, a plant that is indigenous to the sandy soils of the Mediterranean. Our location along the Niagara Wine Trail also blesses us with the same fertile land and microclimate that makes the Niagara Escarpment perfect for growing grapes and apple orchards.
Seven varieties of French and English lavender are being grown, including: Folgate, Royal Velvet, Melissa, Betty's Blue, Hidcote Giant, Grosso and Gros Bleu. Each variety offers its own shade of purple, blue and pink, while also serving various perfume and culinary purposes. If treated right, these perennial flowers can live for up to 15 years!
Each variety blooms at different times which means Kin Loch will be seeing lavender blooms from June - August. We welcome guests to come harvest their own lavender - a relaxing and meditative experience.
Lavender has a rich history dating back over 2,500 years across multiple civilizations. Romans used lavender oils for cooking, bathing and scenting the air and the name is derived from the Latin verb lavare—which means, “to wash.” There are even references to lavender in the Bible. It has always been beloved for its beautiful colors ranging from white to dark purple, aromatic fragrances and calming effects. In fact, the relaxing effects of lavender are being scientifically proven today (link).
Kin Loch Farmstead also offers an organic cut flower farm, being managed by flower farmer & florist, Fran DePalma. Fran cultivates dozens of varieties of heirloom flowers and creates beautiful wedding floral displays that are unique to each couple she works with. Inspired by the unexpected whimsy and romance of nature, her designs are highly textural and rustic, always elegant, and out of the ordinary. Visit her site at heirloomsoul.com to book your wedding & special event florals.