Troy and Wendy Jochems, owners of Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Southern Schuylkill County, host various activities and will offer farm tours at 11 a.m. on Saturdays for $5 during the summer months, the best season for observing the lavender cutting and distilling process.
Highlights of the tour include explanations of drying for bouquets and culinary use, how to care for the plants and distilling on the farm; it takes 11 pounds of lavender to make one ounce of oil.
Troy and Wendy Jochems, owners of Hope Hill Lavender Farm, invite the public to attend their grand opening event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on May 13, celebrating their new lavender farm store at 2375 Panther Valley Road, Pottsville. The southern Schuylkill County farm, which is centrally located to Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and the Poconos, is coordinating the event with its yearly lavender plant sale.
“The farm store is a major upgrade to working off of a farm cart for the last five years,” says Wendy Jochems. Hope Hill’s high-quality products, like lavender essential oil and lavender water, are produced on-site through a distilling process that can be observed on the farm during lavender season. Hope Hill Lavender Farm also harvests lavender for culinary purposes.