If you have ever read my About page you may remember that one day I want to have a farm! So this place was basically a dream come true! Having never heard or seen anything about the 123 Farm, I had no idea what to expect. But it blew me away, complete with a lavender breeze!
Located in Cherry Valley, CA., I first heard of this farm from my Grandma who lives near by! Last year I went to a wedding at the flower fields in Carlsbad. I told her about how beautiful it was & she mentioned some lavender fields that were near her house I should check out.
For my first, but certainly not last time at The 123 Farm, I went to the Lavender Festival to celebrate some family birthdays!
Planning your Trip
The farm is home to several different festivals & events. Each year they have a Lavender Festival in June, a Fermentation Festival in August, & an Olive Festival in October. You can also see a live Sheep Shearing demonstration, visit the Organic Galleries, eat at the onsite farm to table restaurant The Grand Oak, stay at one of the Rooms on the Ranch, or plan an event or wedding!
If you can’t make it to one of the events, you can still check out this lovely place! To view the lavender in bloom, visit in early June to late July (i.e. “Lavender Season”). Visits during Lavender Season cost $5 per person ($3 for seniors and students). It is recommend to you call prior to going to ensure the grounds are open for visits.
The Lavender Festival
As I drove up to the 123 Farm for the 2nd weekend of the Lavender Festival, I started to get a better idea of what this place was going to be like. Cars were lining one side of the street as I approached & I could see a large purple field along the other. Having purchased my ticket in advance online, I parked my car & began the hot trek to meet my family inside.
My mother, grandmothers, aunts, cousins & all of there kids were already inside watching a puppet show! As I wandered in, I was surprised to see how large this place is & how established the event was. Everywhere I looked there were different activities to do, things to eat, shops to see & countless lavender goodies!
Throughout the day I tried lavender mojitos, lavender beer, lavender honey ice cream & lavender earl gray tea! Shockingly, I enjoyed each of them! My mother also arranged for us to have afternoon tea! The tea was a little pricey, but it was really nice to sit down & relax with everyone in the shade over finger sandwiches & macaroons. Be sure to book the tea in advance if you’d like to do it!
Another thing we booked in advance was a horse drawn carriage ride around the farm. The ride was quick but we learned a little about the farm’s history. During the ride we saw one of the oldest oak trees in the world & gained a better understanding of how huge this place really is.
Overall my day at the Lavender Festival was quite lovely! It was a great place to relax & connect with my family. There was something for everyone to enjoy no matter their age. I also left feeling inspired & hopeful that I too could make my own farm a success! You bet I will be going back next year & checking out their other events!
What I’m Wearing!
Blue Skies Slip Dress by Spell & The Gypsy Collective
The Wild Gift Sunglasses by Crap Eyewear