Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011 Finger Lakes Lavender Festival Welcomed 3000 Visitors

It’s been a week since the lavender festival and every time I sit down to blog about it I get emotional.  When you put your heart and soul into something you love, share it and see the enjoyment you can’t help but smile through a few tears.  This year’s festival welcomed over 3000 visitors and would not have been successful without the help from some very special people.

This year we have Steve Simon and Plank Road magazine to thank for co-sponsoring our event.  Without sponsors we could not keep this a free event.  This amazing magazine features our community and the life’s we live.  We were fortunate to be featured in the premier issue.  I have to smile every time I read the article about how Gary and I met and our love for farming.  We are still gaga over each other after meeting 11 years ago.

We cannot do without our wonderful volunteers.   Our ambassadors to the farm jumped right in with giving directions on how to cut lavender, identifying the different varieties and so much more.   They worked tirelessly in the field and in the parking lot.

Joelle and Alan from Joelle’s French Bistro spent 2 days making crepes nonstop and then went back to their own restaurant to cook for the evening dinner hour. 


Our artistic vendors always amaze me with their talent.  I saw a lot of paintings, pottery and other works of art going home with some of our guests.
 Love that Sassy Farmgirl jewelry!

Marilee Williams demonstrated how to spin wool.

The cooking demonstration by David Hirsch, author and chef from Moosewood Restaurant was standing room only.  His books sold out quickly and his tasting of pesto was gone in a flash.
A big thank you to Creekside Books & Coffee for furnishing Davids books and offering drinks. 

Onondaga County Cornell Cooperative Extension offered information on composting and answered questions about gardening.

I had so many wonderful questions about growing lavender and a great number of crafters mastered the art of lavender wands.

And then there is my incredible, supportive, respects my opinion, hunky husband. Who works tirelessly to keep this a sustainable farm and has held my hand for the last year in planning this event.  So many people came with the purpose of seeing him shear sheep.

 Did I say he was hunky.
 Don't get him started on talking about his love of his animals.  He'll have you here all day.

We are most proud of raising $1000 for the Skaneateles Area Food Pantry from the sale of our Royal Velvet Lavender Plants and $750 from the sale of our Finger Lakes Lavender Festival art poster by Kathleen Schneider to the Skaneateles Art Council.

We so appreciate everyone who joined us this year.  Everyone seems relaxed, took in the sights, pick some lavender, shop and I think learned something new. 
 Your never to young to pick lavender.

 Did I say relaxed.

After the festival Gary and I invited everyone who worked so hard on this event to our harvest party.  This year I had a special gift for the one who I thought worked the hardest.
My husband!

This is a portrait of Gary holding our lamb, Blanket by Kathleen Schneider.  Blanket was a big hit last year during the festival.


What a wonderful group of volunteers and artists.  We call you dear friends, old and new and love you all!  
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

So another year in lavender heaven is quickly passing and I am up for planning another.  Did I say 3000 visitors this year!  Wow!  My head is spinning with new ideas but it will have to wait until I take some much needed vacation.  Again, thank you for supporting a family farm! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

2011 Finger Lakes Lavender Festival Schedule

 Free Admission
9:00a.m. Festival Opens

9a.m. - 5:00p.m. Cut-your-own lavender ($5/ bunch)

9a.m. - 5:00p.m. Artists will be offering unique products from handcrafted jewelry, handmade wooden bowl to pottery and artistic landscapes.  Shop Lockwood Farm Lavender Market offering all-natural lavender products. Great gifts for yourself and loved ones.

10:00a.m. Learn how to grow, care and harvest lavender from Karen Wheeler-Lockwood, owner of Lockwood Farm.

1:00p.m. (Saturday only) Cooking demonstration by David Hirsch, author, chef and co-owner of Moosewood Restaurant. Book signing to follow.

2:00p.m. "Make Your Own Lavender Wand" (on-site reservation only, material included; $5.00/person)

3:00p.m. Sheep shearing demonstration by Gary Lockwood, owner of Lockwood Farm.

Culinary delights will be offered by Joelle's French Bistro from Skaneateles, NY.

Demonstrations and Information 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Marilee Williams will demonstrate how to spin wool.

Visit with Fibre artist, Elizabeth Moldenhauer and learn about wet and needle felting.

Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County will answer your gardening questions.

Jennifer Jacuk from Juniper Healing Arts will be offering chair massages.

Sample fudge sauce from Sundaes Best.

Take a treasure hunt with the entire family, continuous throughout the day
Enjoy the country!

This years festival is co-sponsored by Plank Road Magazine.
New subscribers to Plank Road Magazine who sign up during the Festival will receive a smaller version of  the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival poster as a free gift".

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The winner of the 2011 Finger Lakes Lavender Poster Contest is...

Kathleen Schneider
The Finger Lakes Lavender Festival committee is honored to announce a beautiful new painting by local artist, Kathleen Schneider from Camillus, NY as the official 2011Finger Lakes Lavender Festival artwork.
The festival will showcase the art on this year's poster, t-shirts,other promotional materials. 
The proceeds from the sale of the poster during the festival will be donated to the Skaneateles Area Art Council.
Kathleen is a self-taught artist and has relied on her own natural artistic instincts, as well as studying with fellow artists.  While raising a family, Kathleen added watercolor to her pencil, pen, ink, and acrylic disciplines and it quickly became her medium of choice.  As with all of her artwork she enjoys the process as much as the finished product and finds it rewarding when someone is drawn to her work.  Kathleen’s paintings have been widely collected and can be viewed at Gallery 54, in Skaneateles, New York.  You will also find her as one of the art vendors at this year's festival.
The painting will also be featured in Plank Road Magazine, a new magazine due out in May and the co-sponsor of this year's lavender festival. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finger Lakes Lavender Festival Art Poster Contest 2011

Lockwood Lavender Farm is sponsoring an art poster contest to celebrate the 2011 Finger Lakes Lavender Festival.  The poster contest is open to artists within the Finger Lakes and Central New York Region.  The Festival Committee is looking for the best possible lavender landscape image to represent this annual event on its posters, postcards, website and t-shirt.  The proceeds from the sale of the poster during the festival will be donated to the Skaneateles Area Art Council.  For inspiration please visit our website at:

The winning artist will receive: $100 cash prize, a copy of the finished poster and festival t-shirt, artist biography and winning poster to be displayed at Creekside Books & Coffee, Skaneateles, NY, as well as being listed on the website

The application, rules and requirements will be on our website:
or call Lockwood Lavender Farm 315-685-5369.

This is a unique opportunity for the winner to have their work be seen by over a thousand visitors attending the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival on July 9th and 10th.
Finger Lakes Lavender Festival •
Lockwood Lavender Farm • 1682 West Lake Road • Skaneateles, New York •

Monday, February 28, 2011

Celebrate the Essence of Lavender

The fourth annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival will be held at Lockwood Lavender Farm, located at 1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, New York. The 2-day event will take place on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

•Stroll through fragrant fields.

•Harvest your own bouquet of fresh lavender.

•Enjoy culinary delights and the work of local artists and hand-crafters.

•Speak to experts on growing and cultivating lavender and make your own lavender wands.

Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension will answer your gardening questions.

Cooking demonstration with author, chef and co-owner of Moosewood Restaurant, David Hirsch.  

Demonstrations on how to spin wool, felting and shearing sheep.
Take a treasure hunt with the  entire family. Its fun, its free, and it is continuous throughout the day.    There's even a prize for those who complete the hunt!

With just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Lavender Festival is a perfect day in the country.   Not only is this event a celebration of all the wonders of lavender, but also an event that knits together local, talented artisans and food.  Workshops will be held on how to care and enjoy your lavender at 10:00am. Crafting with lavender (material cost is $5.00) will be held at 2:00pm both days.  Check our website for details on the times of our other demonstrations. The festival offers outstanding photographic opportunities throughout the grounds and at the workshops.
Lockwood Farm is a 120 acre family owned farm tucked in the beautiful hills overlooking Skaneateles Lake. We grow 18 varieties of lavender and offer "U-Pick" for the flowers during the summer and lovely soap, lotions, creams and aromatherapy products for your purchase. We are excited to be developing our farm for the enjoyment of our guests.
Festival activities occur outdoors rain or shine.  Dress casually to ensure your comfort.  Lockwood Lavender Farm is a working farm with unpaved pathways. It is accessible, but there is uneven terrain on the grounds and in the fields. 

Directions to Lockwood Lavender Farm:  From the village of Skaneateles take Kane Road/41A.  Continue south on West Lake Road/41A 8 miles.  Past the hamlet of Mandana, we are the first farm past fire lane 50 on the left hand side.
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