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Purple reigns at lavender farm

COUPEVILLE – Tucked away on Whidbey Island between the small town of Coupeville and Penn Cove is the Lavender Wind Farm. Waves of purple – and even a few other colors – greet visitors to the farm. The farm and its abundant lavender will take center stage later this month when it hosts the 12th annual Lavender Wind Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26. There will be artisan booths, activities for children and food. A wine garden is also planned during the Lavender Wind Festival to benefit the Pacific NW Art School. The festival will also treat visitors to demonstrations of lavender distilling and crafting. Admission and parking are free for the two-day event. Of course, the sights – and pleasant aromas – associated with the nearly nine-acre farm are available to visitors throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Lavender Wind Farm is at 2530 Darst Rd., near Coupeville. More info is available at lavenderwind.com.

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A gift shop at Lavender Wind Farm – and a satellite shop in old town Coupeville – offers products ranging from soaps to foods infused with lavender. Or, you can buy a bunch just to add color to the home.

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The harvest is on at Lavender Wind Farm near Coupeville, which also provides visitors a chance to pick their own.

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Lavender Wind Farm owner/operator Sarah Richards fires up a still on her farm to extract healing and soothing oil from her lavender crop. Richards purchased the farm from the Darst family, who grew potatoes on the land.

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Color abounds not only on the ground, but on the water at Lavender Wind Farm’s koi pond.

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While most of what you’ll find at Lavender Wind Farm is colored purple, there are several other types of plants and hues on the nearly nine-acre farm.

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Old driftwood is re-purposed into a chair for those who need to sit a spell after meandering through lavender.

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