This months small business shopping adventure happened months ago actually.
It was way before the pandemic. I would end up stopping by the Lavender Farm a second time after the pandemic but they were not allowed to be officially open yet because it was still during the lock down .
I went back the next morning but they were still closed because I went an hour too early. Everything takes awhile to get back into a rhythm.
If it is a battle then I wasn’t meant to be there at that time, I am a firm believer of those things. Anyway, this post will be a combination of all those trips to this beautiful farm. Unfortunately I was not there during either visits when the lavender would be in bloom. I think photos of that might be on their website.
It is such a beautiful little town where the farm is located.
There are all kinds of pretty barns around and lots of horses and even wildlife to see while driving around. Prefect for a drive out to the country with your family.
The first time I stopped off here back in November of 2020 the shop was open.
The owner was out talking with a neighbor of hers. I love the feel of the small town connections that people have with each other. The owner and neighbor both greeted my daughter and I when we walked in and then they both continued their conversation. The back ground noise of two people connecting and sharing their day’s adventures with each other was comforting in a way. People are social creatures, we need that, we need to connect and be around each other.
The shop was so adorable.
It is one of those places where you can walk into it and feel that the person who set it up, stocking these shelves, and writing signs, and decorating the walls…did it with so much joy and love. They love this little shop and you can tell.
Lavender fragrance drifted all around my daughter and I.
Above us there were lavender bouquets drying. Soft colors of lavender and muted greens mixed in with the rustic ceiling above it. When I walk into a room I like to take in the whole experience. I will look all around, up and down…sounds like a Dr. Seuss doesn’t it. Shopping with Dr, Seuss, how fun would that be. Silly yes, but a great way to keep the kiddos entertained while mommies touch and look at everything.
The owner came over to speak to me and I asked her about a photo on the wall.
It was an old photo of the farm. She was so happy to share her story about how her husband and her bought the place and fixed it up. So sweet, her personality, she found her dream and her and her husband were now living it.
They also had a little red house, very common up north to see these little red houses from the past everywhere.
Off in the distance her husband was tending to the lavender. He looked at ease and at peace just working outside surrounded by beauty. It reminded me of a painting. Sometimes my family and I will visit art museums and we will stare at those paintings from the past wondering what they are trying to tell us. A moment in time captured by someones gifted hands. We wonder what it might have felt like to be there in person. The smells, the sounds and those beautiful sights of how the lite always changes in that moment. And here I was living in a painting watching a stranger tend his garden.
Inside the shop they mostly had lavender items like these pretty hand made soaps. It smelled so pretty everywhere.
On the way out of the store the owner told me that these decorative signs (photo below)were made from pieces of the old barn they tore down. The barn was over a hundred years old. It was built by the original owners back in 1904 from trees in the area. You can buy a little bit of history from their old pioneer farm.
The nice neighbor who was visiting the owner that morning saw my camera and told me there was a beautiful spot by the river for photos and then gave me instructions on how to get there. She was right, it was a beautiful spot.
You know how we go out in life and we meet someone by chance and they smile at you or have a small conversation before they leave their separate ways. I call those friends for 5 minutes. Those people that hold doors open for you when you walk up to them, or let you go ahead in line when you only have a couple items to purchase, or let you know when you dropped something…those kind strangers out in the world that we meet for only a few moments. I always tell my son and daughter that in life sometimes you will have friends for years, sometimes decades and sometimes you will also have those moments where you will have friends for 5 minutes. The world is filled with them. If you visit this Lavender farm you just might understand what I am trying to explain here because after I was finished with this fun little shopping trip I would realize I had just run into a couple of 5 minute friends that day.
Hope you all liked this shopping adventure. I know it is way out here in Arizona but they do have a online shop that you can check out at http://www.pinelavenderfarm.com. I am not getting anything for promoting this business, if fact, they don’t even know I am writing about them. I just love encouraging and supporting small business. Buy local as much as possible, it really does help. You’re not only helping someone live their dream, but it is also better for our planet. Happy shopping adventures everyone.
I am off for the month of August. My daughter is posting for me. Thank you for your visit, likes and comments. Stay safe out there and God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.
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