Aptos Lavender Farm Opens to the Public This Month – Santa Cruz Sentinel

APTOS — Throughout July, Linda and Trent McNair, owners of Noble Harvest Farm in Aptos’ Day Valley, will open their doors to the public to allow the community to experience the farm’s fragrant lavender field in full bloom.

“Lavender is the perfect crop for the sandy loam we have here in Day Valley,” said farm owner Trent McNair. “Our original idea was just to extract and sell the oil, but a lot of people were interested in the freshly cut packets, so we started offering them.”

In addition to their $10 lavender packets, the McNairs offer dried lavender buds for $55 a pound and a 2-ounce bottle of lavender oil for $30. It takes about 20 pounds of dried lavender to fill six 2-ounce bottles.

View of the Noble Harvest Farm fieldCredit: Aric Sleeper

As purple and green lavender plants sway in the breeze and with the collective buzz of bees buzzing around her, Linda McNair explained how she and her husband Trent decided to open the quarter-hour farm. acre to the public at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In 2020 we opened the doors to the public, and that was really rewarding because people were locked in and it was great to be a place where the community could come and gather,” Linda McNair said.

Since then, community residents and visitors from afar have flocked to this small lavender farm to experience the soothing sensory overload and connect with neighbors.

Lavender in full bloom at Noble Harvest FarmCredit: Aric Sleeper
Lavender in full bloom at Noble Harvest FarmCredit: Aric Sleeper

“Everything here is so beautiful, and I love the smell of it, and I love listening to the bees,” said Santa Cruz resident Melinda Bostock, who was visiting the farm with her family. “It’s so peaceful here.”

Noble Harvest Farm’s address is 1975 Cox Road in Aptos and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in July. Visiting the farm is free and parking is free. Products are available for purchase on site and there is a bathroom on site. For more information on visiting the farm, visit nobleharvest.farm.

Noble Harvest Farm owners, Trent and Linda McNair Credit: Aric Sleeper

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