Day Tripper: The Sweet Smell of Success

If you love lavender, then you'll love this Inquirer article on Patti and George Lyon's local lavender farm. Located outside of Doylestown, the Peace Valley Lavender Farm entices 10,000 visitors a year—and that number continues to grow as organic farming (and lavender) become more popular all over the country.

Most appealing about the story is the Lyons' approach to life. They acknowledge the stress of farming, but approach it as a spiritual practice. They recognize that healthy living is not just about growing plants, but fully embracing the good and the bad of nature:

"Quite often we're at our wits' end, wishing we could take a break or get away from stress," explains George, 48, "but we find a way to be with it, to be absolutely present, and not escape it."

Personally, I had no idea how many products contain lavender! The fragrant flavor can be used in everything from soap to moth repellent to ice cream. 

Peace Valley Lavender Farm, 802 New Galena Rd., Doylestown, 215-249-8462. The shop is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.