Last weekend we decided to pack up our kids and take a last minute road trip to Armada, Michigan. The reason? We heard there was a farm there that was not only hosting the well talked about Michigan Lavender Festival, but that same farm was the creator of my husbands favorite hard cider – Blake’s Hard Cider. Lavender, hard cider, fresh cider donuts, and a chance to take a ride in our Chevy? Of course we wanted to go! Here’s about how it went.
Michigan Lavender Festival
The whole reason we decided to visit Blake Farms in the first place was because we heard good things about the Michigan Lavender Festival which takes place only once a year on the farm grounds. This year the festival was held July 15, 16, and 17th and marked its 14th annual event.
The festival added several several interesting things to see and do to an already great location – such as guest speakers, a chance to try different foods made with lavender, and probably most popular was the handmade market full of all things lavender. As we wandered through the marketplace we found lavender soaps, crafts, shortbread cookies and a tents offering henna tattoos and lavender oil massages.
Our kids ran straight to the “kids tent” where they made animal puppets and then spritzed them in lavender spray. My husband and I wandered over to the sweets tent to try our bite at a lavender filled treat. Seriously, I didn’t actually know you could eat or drink things with lavender in it? Is that well known? Either way we played it safe and tried the lavender lemonade – sort of tasted like flowers. . . .
As we walked around the vast farm grounds we also found an area that was set up with retro campers – which the owners happily let anyone who wanted to tour them. The ladies were from a group called Mitten Kitten Sister – my kind of ladies! They travel around solo, but together, in a caravan of retro campers – sharing everyday responsibilities such as cooking meals and just honestly enjoying each others company. #goals
Blake Farms | Armada, Michigan
While Blake Farms creates the perfect setting for an entertaining festival, the farm itself has a lot going for it! During our visit we found ourselves wandering around the entire campus which also includes a store with fresh donuts and cider, a children’s area complete with animals and things to play on, and self picking farm fields. There is even a train you can take a ride on that tours the picking areas. Plus for the adults – a hard cider tasting room.
Now that we’ve been to the farms for the lavender festival, we can’t wait for another chance to go back! Luckily, the farm hosts a few different festivals a year and is open for daily picking and donut fixes.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the Cider Dayze Festival coming August 27th & 28th. For more information visit ciderdayze.com.
For more information on the Michigan Lavender Festival or Blake Farms visit BlakeFarms.com.
Have you ever been to Blake Farms? What did you like or love about it? Have a place you think we should visit next? Tell us in the comments!