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The lavender season is rapidly approaching and New Oak Ranch, Ventura County’s favorite destination for lavender lovers will once again be open on weekends for U-Pick lavender. Beginning Saturday, June 18th, our friends and owners Bill and Karen Evenden will welcome visitors on weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through the end of July.
Fields filled with long, graceful rows of aromatic lavender traditionally evoke romantic thoughts of distant European destinations…glorious Provence, Tuscan hill towns, even the islands off the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. But now visitors enthusiastically add Ojai, California to the list.
Touted for its beauty, aroma and healing properties, lavender has been cherished for centuries and in recent years, it has become a popular choice with gardeners thanks to its draught tolerant attributes. And creative cooks around the world are discovering its interesting and pleasing flavor when used in their favorite recipes.
Visitors to New Oak Ranch, located in the scenic Upper Ojai Valley are invited to wander the seemingly endless rows of gracefully curving lavender, clip an aromatic bundle (clippers are provided), snap a photo, purchase lavender products or olive oil and enjoy a picnic lunch under a sprawling walnut tree. And if the timing is right, they might even find a still in operation – a chance to observe and learn how the intensely aromatic and highly valued essential oil is extracted from the plant.
In addition to lavender, New Oak Ranch produces Ojai Pixie tangerines and outstanding extra virgin olive oil created from the properties’ 1400 olive trees. No doubt, the crops and landscape create a definitely Mediterranean atmosphere. Visit the Ranch and slow down: experience the country air. But please, don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.
U-Pick Lavender begins the weekend of June 18th and runs through July 31st.
Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and weekdays by appointment (please call 805-640-1189).
Admission to the Ranch is free but there is a $5.00 per bunch cutting fee.
New Oak Ranch is located below the Ojai Foundation at 9599 Ojai-Santa Paula Road – just 6 miles east of Ojai and 12 miles west of Santa Paula.
For more information about New Oak Ranch – or for a map, please visit our website at http://www.newoakranch.com.
This is so fun and not to be missed!!!