SIDNEY — If you love the scent of lavender, you can find it at the Great Sidney Farmers’ Market every Saturday.
Angela Pumphrey and Jessica Craig make lavender products and offer them at the market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. They have spent four years learning to make their wares, and this is their second year at the market.
“I bought this property and house about four years ago, and the hundreds of lavender plants came with it. After learning all I could, experimenting with products, maintaining and harvesting the lavender, I decided I should do something with it,” said Pumphrey.
What Pumphrey and Craig, her daughter, do with the lavender is to make fresh and dried lavender, lavender essential oil, soaps, lip and body balm, lavender sprays, bath bombs and sachets. They also sell plants when they are available.
Pumphrey plans to rent the property as a venue for parties and weddings in the future. Currently, Pumphrey does allow visitors to visit her farm at 6332 Nine Mile Road, Urbana.
“We participate in market to promote the lavender farm for visitors and eventually a venue for weddings, parties, etc. We also enjoy providing customers with our locally grown lavender and handmade products,” said Pumphrey.
This is the second year Nine Mile Lavender has participated in the farmers’ market. They enjoy sharing the uses and benefits of lavender with others, sharing their natural handmade lavender products and promoting their local business.
Pumphrey and Craig enjoy the market because it offers great advertisement for their business, and it allows them to share the uses and benefits of lavender with others.
“Jessica, my daughter, and I do most of the labor on the farm. We weed, prune, plant, harvest, etc., as well as make all our products. My two daughters-in-law also help participate in farmers markets and festivals,” said Pumphrey.
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