Rockingham County is dotted with unexpected delights, and White Oak Lavender Farm is one of them. Located on Cross Keys Rd. just east of Harrisonburg, White Oak is a family owned farm that specializes in cultivating lavender and producing a wide variety of lavender infused products.
The fields surrounding the farm are a beauty to behold – when the over 8,000 producing plants are in bloom the farm becomes a vivid sea of purple. And the smell – as anyone familiar with lavender can guess, such a dense cluster of flowers can produce a scent that intoxicates the senses. When in season the farm holds U-pick hours, for those who want to get as close as they can to the fragrant blooms.
On the farm is a shop that sells many of the goods that are produced on site. Body care products abound – soaps, lotions, creams, hair care, the list goes on and on. But White Oak doesn’t stop with topical application; edibles also abound. Oils, candies, jellies and jams. Their lavender ice cream is a perennial favorite, the blueberry and strawberry versions in particular.
The farm also is home to a number of animals, to the great delight of the many children who visit. Rabbits, goats, miniature horses, sheep, alpaca, hens, ducks and other farm animals are in nearby pens where they can be watched and sometimes petted.
Adding to its allure as a destination, this year White Oaks opened the Purple Wolf Vineyard tasting room. Purple Wolf’s wines are crafted from grapes grown alongside the lavender, and are made unique through various infusions. When was the last time you had a wine topped with heady notes of lavender? It sounds worth paying a visit just to try.
Places like White Oak Lavender Farm are part of the tapestry of people and endeavors that make the Shenandoah Valley a unique and stimulating place to live.