Harvesting

Harvesting lavender for essential oil takes place in the summer months. Like most harvests lavender needs a warm sunny day when the flowers are fully open for harvesting to commence.  Timing is crucial and the farmer will walk the crop regularly to decide when is the best time to start.  Often in late July and August the harvester can be seen in the lavender fields, usually later afternoon, when the sun has had time to do its work.  Our harvester is very traditional, we harvest slowly and carefully cutting one or two rows of lavender a day to preserve the fine essential oil.  So harvest time lasts for about six weeks.

The lavender flowers are cut with a traditional Massey Furgeson tractor, that has a side mounted cutter to lift and cut the lavender flowers, they are then taken to the distillery barn for distillation.