Lavender by the Bay Expands to Calverton
My home and business headquarters of Calverton has many great sites for visitors and locals alike. Lavender by the Bay in East Marion is visited by hundreds of people in mid-May and June to see the 17 acres of over 80,000 lavender plants in bloom. Visitors wall through the fields of purple, take a break in a shaded pavilion and can visit a farm shop for handcrafted gifts. The farm has been rated by Country Living as one of the top six lavender farms to visit in the United States.
When the lavender is in bloom, visitors can pick their own bunches in the fields or enjoy freshly cut bunches in the shop. The largest French bloom of the season typically takes place in the first two weeks of July. The smaller English plants bloom in mid-June and again in mid-September. The farm is open seven days a week from June to September.
The traffic congestion in the tiny hamlet on every weekend in the summer has caused complaints from local residents. These complaints did not fall on deaf ears, and the owners are now expanding to Calverton. They hope the second location can help prevent such traffic congestion in East Marion.
Lavender by the Bay is a family-run farm, and the owners developed an interest in a Calverton property last fall. The property is opposite Splish Splash, and they have already begun to plant on 15 acres. The blooms will take at least two seasons to mature.
More than 15 varieties of lavender are grown on the farm in East Marion, and the owners want to have the same amount of variety on the land in Calverton. They grow English, and French lavender and some of the varieties include Purple Bouquet, Grosso, Hidcote Giant, and Melissa.
The priority at present is to get the plants growing, and the owners will go through all the necessary channels if they decide to open a store in Calverton. They are optimistic that Riverhead Town officials will respond positively although they have not yet spoken to them.