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Mad Lavender Farm Opens in May for the 2024 Season

Apr 03, 2024 08:26AM ● By Jeaniesa Santiano

The farms opens again in May for the season with some exciting new workshops as well as the familiar favorites everybody has come to love.

The lavender is in full bloom mid-June through the first week of July and so much happens in that window of time, including Pick Your Own (PYO) lavender every morning Wednesday through Sunday (tickets available online). Our English lavender is first to burst forth providing abundant fresh lavender for our popular English Lavender Wreath Workshop. In response to many requests, this year we have a workshop in Lavender Medicine Making to learn all the various ways that lavender herb can be used in your home apothecary. Looking for more quality time with your child? Spend some time with them on the farm in a Mommie & Me Workshop; we offer a Mini Wreath Workshop in June and a Flower Crown Workshop in September. Our long-stemmed French lavender comes into bloom late June into July, when our very unique Lavender Wand Workshops are scheduled, as well as our French Lavender Wreath Workshops. These lovely hand-made crafts can only be made with fresh cut lavender and the window of time brief! Tickets available online.

Location: Mad Lavender Farm, 452 Co Rd 579, Milford. For information, contact Adrienne Crombie at 908-310-5973 or [email protected]. Visit See ad, page 15.

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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