A Landscape of Lavender

By Alexis Bohlinger/Photography supplied by Karen Puroll

Nestled in the heart of Bruce Township, Romeo Lavender Farm is gearing up for another season of sunshine and blooms. Opening its doors on Saturday, June 22, the farm will welcome guests every Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:40 p.m. Owner Nick Batsikouras invites visitors to enjoy a day in nature filled with vibrant colors, delightful scents and exquisite flavors.

Upon arrival, you’re greeted by a beautiful landscape of blooming lavender, sunflowers and wildflowers. For those looking to capture special moments, the farm serves as the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities and the air is filled with the sweet scent of lavender, inviting you to explore and take in the beauty of nature. Founded by Jackie and Nick Batsikouras in 2019 and officially opening its doors to the public in 2021, the 17-acre property boasts over 2,000 plants and four varieties of lavender. These include Phenomenal, known for its long, beautiful stems; Hidcote, a fragrant plant with purple spikes ideal for bouquets and crafts; Grosso, which has one of the strongest fragrances allowed amongst lavender and Super Blue which is celebrated for its striking color, delightful fragrance and versatile uses.” Batsikouras added, “The delightful aroma of our lavender is an integral part of our most popular event, which includes the opportunity to pick your own lavender.”

Visitors can also pick from the sunflowers and wildflowers to build and take home their own bouquets. Before leaving, be sure to check out the Lavender Boutique Store where you can purchase lavender-infused treats like raw natural honey, soaps and perfumes as well as crafts from local artisans.

In the evenings, the farm offers an outdoor dining experience by reservation only, boasting a five-course gourmet meal amidst the lavender fields. Prepared by Private Chef Darren Stowell from Detroit Grille House, each dish is bursting with flavor, with subtle hints of lavender adding a unique twist. Karen Puroll, who enjoyed a dinner there with her family commented, “The lavender vinaigrette on the salad, lavender lemonade, and lavender blueberry cheesecake were fantastic incorporations by the chef.” She continued, “The salmon, lamb and chicken were all delicious. We enjoyed setting up our table, picking our bouquets, taking in the sunset while enjoying the peace, and watching the bumblebees, and eventually the lightning bugs.”

The Batsikouras family is eagerly tending to the farm and awaiting opening day. “We are confident that our customers will enjoy the added attractions at the farm, in addition to capturing beautiful photos and enjoying a relaxing nature walk,” said Batsikouras. “It brings us immense joy when customers express their gratitude for creating such a stunning place and for preserving the natural essence of our farms without commercializing them.”

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