HOLIDAY POP UP DEC 9th and 10th

Farm store will be open for our Holiday Pop Up Shop Dec 9th & 10th, from 10am - 4pm.  

Please contact info@terrebleu.ca for any additional inquiries.

Our Story

Our Family

The story of Terre Bleu lavender farm, apiary and horse stables began in 2011, with the planting of our first 10,000 lavender plants in 2012. Our inspiration began years earlier while vacationing in Quebec. Visiting a lavender farm, we were immediately awed by the spectacular fields of purple and the perfumed air that swirled all around us. Inspired, we then spent years reasearching and learning all we could about lavender.  Today Terre Bleu is an organic working family farm, we are not a botanical garden. We grow eight varieties of lavender and as such the state of the blooms vary continuously.  Like any other farmed crop we experience crop damage and losses due to extreme weather conditions. We also harvest the beautiful blooms at peak times to be able to make our very best handmade lavender products, so please set your expectations accordingly.

Now in our fifth year, our first crop of plants have reached maturity, however not ones to standstill, we planted another 15,000 plants in 2015 and 12,000 in 2016 making us the largest lavender farm in Ontario.  Our plans for the farm continue to evolve with addition of a large new farm store and gallery in 2015 and new ideas for the years ahead. Over the years we have added many new features to the farm to make for a unique agro-tourism experience. Elements include: outdoor yoga area, unique farm store; essential oil distillery; honey house; great new products, and an equestrian demonstration ring.  Stay tuned as we continue to build on our vision.

We hope you enjoy watching us grow and will regularly check here to see what’s happening on the farm, and to see how we use the farm to do good things in the broader community.

 

Our Vision & Name

Terre Bleu’s name is French, translated literally it means “blue earth”

The vision for Terre Bleu is to create an exceptional agro-tourism experience to educate and entertain our guests. Our lavender farm, apiary and horse stables provide visitors with a place to stimulate your senses and revive the mind, body and soul. It is also our hope that as Terre Bleu grows we can leverage our success to enhance the community at large through special events and charitable efforts.

Our name Terre Bleu is French, translated literally it means “blue earth”.  For us, it perfectly represents the rich blues and purples that burst forth from the land when our lavender fields are in full bloom. A blue earth is also a healthy earth full of fresh air, blue skies and wide-open spaces. It is natural in its beauty, regenerating itself through the cycle of life.  OH and one more thing for our french friends as french canadians as well we do know that Terre Bleu should be written with an extra e to be gramatically correct, however we wanted a name that was unique to us and thus chose to deliberately drop the final e.

Farm

Whether you’re interested in learning about our farm and its unique elements; participating in activities such as photography, culinary and craft classes; or soaking up the spectacular scenery, there is something for everyone at Terre Bleu.

The perfect, family-friendly day trip from Toronto or nearby regions of Ontario, Terre Bleu is located on the edge of wine country and is a welcoming stopover for bicycling tours and cyclists who are in need of a different sort of break. We feature sustainable, organically grown products harvested from our own farm.

Learn about, experience and celebrate our connection to the land by taking part in any of the following agricultural-tourism or wellness activities offered at Terre Bleu:

Agro-Tourism

  • Tour the spectacular grounds of Terre Bleu, including lavender fields with seven varieties of lavender, gardens and working farm facilities.
  • Watch us distill essential oils for Terre Bleu organic products in our distillery.
  • Visit the farm’s apiary, where you learn how we make our honey, as well as the sugar shack where our maple syrup is made.
  • See the farm’s horses in the barn and equestrian demonstration ring.
  • Take a cooking class on the property and learn how to make delicious recipes with local, organic ingredients.
  • Learn how to make crafts such as lavender wreaths, wands and sachets.
  • Attend concerts by local artists in a variety of genres on our planned, with the stunning backdrop of the fields and farm. Stake your claim on the grass with your blanket and enjoy an evening of great music as you look up at the stars.
  • Go for sleigh rides on the farm’s horses in the winter and early spring.
  • Get a massage by the lavender fields to finish off a full day in the country.
  • Visit the Terre Bleu store for local, organic products and souvenirs made from our lavender, honey and maple syrup.

Events

Terre Bleu offers a variety of open-air events set in our fragrant and beautiful fields of lavender

Do something a little different this summer. Terre Bleu Lavender Farm hosts special events throughout the season so guests can discover their own unique and memorable experiences on our beautiful grounds.  See our calendar below for specific event details and to register.  Also Check out our Facebook page to keep up to date on what is happening at Terre Bleu.

We will host a variety of special events each season to satisfy a diverse range of interests. Come out and join us for such events as: Concerts in the fields, Equestrian events, Demonstrations, Dressage, Show jumping, Photography exhibitions, and various workshops!

Event bookings are non-refundable however in the case of inclement weather we do provide an alternate rain date within the same season.

 


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Jobs at Terre Bleu

Terre Bleu is always looking for great people.  We frequently post openings for new jobs on the farm, however if there is nothing posted when you visit our site please check here again another time.  Otherwise feel free to send your resume and a cover letter along to info@terrebleu.ca anytime.

Thanks for your interest in working at Terre Bleu.

Lavender at Terre Bleu

The relaxing, natural fragrance of our plants inspires everything we do.

Terre Bleu organic lavender is the heart of our farm. The relaxing, natural fragrance of our plants inspires everything we do, and it follows guests gently around the property as they participate in our tours, activities and events.

Harvested throughout the summer as our blooms come and go at different times depending on the variety, our lavender plants are either distilled or dried into a range of natural products. Our products include essential oils,  sachets, lotions, soaps, dried bouquets, wreaths, truffles, shortbreads, maccarons and lavender for many other culinary, decorative and aromatic uses.

Lavender – A Scent of History

Ancient Romans recognized lavender for its healing and antiseptic qualities, and in deterring insects, and washing.

Like most things agricultural, Lavender has a rich and long history.

In ancient Egypt, Lavender was used for embalming and cosmetics.  Tutankhamen’s tomb revealed jars filled with soothing ointments resembling lavender. Ancient Romans recognized lavender for its healing and antiseptic qualities, and in deterring insects, and washing.

An early written record of lavender’s healing properties is from Nero’s military physician Dioscorides in 77 AD. He collected medicinal plants and described their medical uses in a five-volume work entitled De Materia Medica. Lavender, he noted, relieved indigestion, headaches and sore throats. Lavender too could be used to clean wounds and burns or treat skin ailments. Roman soldiers took lavender on campaigns with them to dress war wounds.

Botanical Notes

Lavender belongs to the mint family – a large family which includes herbs such as sage, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, balm and, of course, mint.

Not only does lavender come from a big family, it also stems from a very diverse species, with over 200 cultivars known. Each cultivar presents different sizes, shapes, petals, scents and yes, even colors.  At Terre Bleu, we currently have six different cultivars planted.  While some offer better oil production, others are great for decorative uses, some work best for cooking and some produce a unique white/pinkish bloom.

Many people often refer to lavenders as either English or French; however, true nomenclature and groupings are far more defined than that and historically there has been debate on the application of these classifications.

Recipes (Scroll down)

Check in often as we will be adding fun and tasty new recipes that we discover in our travels, on the web or are shared with us by friends of the farm.  You can be sure we will try them out first in our own home kitchen. That means if it passes our taste test everything will have the Baird family seal of approval, no easy feat indeed.

Uses for Lavender Oil

Most people think Lavender oil is only a fragrant oil used to add a pleasant scent to things, or to give a fresh new taste to different foods. But did you know that Lavender oil can be used to remove glue, repel fleas, and reduce scaring for example.  Continue reading on the next page and we will give you a whole list of interesting uses for Terre Bleu Lavender Oil.

Honey

Fresh and sweet, our one of a kind honey hints of the lavender all around

While we can’t take much credit, as the honeybees in the Terre Bleu apiary do most of the work, our job is to extract the delicious honey from nature for you to enjoy in our range of organic products.

We begin by removing the honeycomb frames from hives in our apiary, uncapping the cells to open them and extracting honey from the frames in a machine called an extractor.  The extractor uses spinning, centrifugal force to release the honey. It ensures the wax honeycomb remains intact and can be reused by the bees. We then filter the honey so it is pure and clear of chunks of wax and pollen.

Flavourful and sweet, our special lavender honey tastes of our beautiful lavender plants that our bees have been happily polinating throughout the season. Come visit the Terre Bleu apiary and discover one of natures sweetest treats for yourself. Email info@terrebleu.ca to order our Premium Lavender Honey. 

Lavender + Bees = the sweetest Honey

True or pure lavender honey is a very rare commodity, and is naturally produced only by the bees themselves

Honey produced by bees that have pollinated lavender plants has a unique and exceptional taste. Something bees even seem to know themselves, as honey bees will fly over many other types of flowers and available sources of pollen to get to their favorite – lavender. While infusing lavender into honey can produce lavender honey, true or pure lavender honey is a very rare commodity, and is naturally produced only by the bees themselves. The location of our apiary has been carefully sited to allow the bees to exploit this special nectar. Terre Bleu pure premium lavender honey offers the discerning palette a hint of lavender captured in the most natural way! Email info@terrebleu.ca to order.

A Little Taste of Beekeeping History

Beekeeping is one of mankind’s oldest agricultural pursuits, with artifacts discovered associated with honey harvesting dating as early as the Stone Age. Honeybees were imported into North America in the early 17th century by early European settlers, and since then we have continued to unravel the complexity of these highly social insects in order to gain a better understanding of honey production and the importance of honeybees in agriculture.

Like lavender, an early centre of beekeeping was Lower Egypt, with its extensive irrigated lands full of flowering plants. An early pharaoh’s title was the Bee King and Egyptian gods were also associated with the bee. The sanctuary in which Osiris was worshipped was known as the Mansion of the Bee.

Similar to lavender unguents kept in Tutankhamen’s tomb, temples kept bees in order to satisfy the desire of the gods for honey and for the production of medicines and ointments. 

Bee Biology

A symbiotic relationship has been established between flowering plants and honeybees, as the majority of crop production relies on insects to cross-pollinate each plant. Honeybees are responsible for 80 per cent of this pollination.

Tiny hairs cover the bee’s body and pollen clings to these hairs when the bee lands on a flower to collect nectar. It is then brushed off when the bee lands on the flower of another plant, successfully pollinating the plant.

Honeybees are highly social insects; they cannot survive as individuals, but work collectively to maintain the hive and ensure survival as a group.

The queen can be recognized by her long narrow abdomen, shorter wings and larger size, relative to worker bees. She is the only fertile female in the hive and is fed, protected and waited upon by house bees. She mates just once, storing sperm for future use when laying eggs. She may lay up to 2,000 eggs in a day. The queen secretes pheromones throughout the hive, assuring the worker bees that she is present, healthy and capable of producing eggs. Her lifespan is 2-5 years, at which point another queen will be raised to continue her duties.

FAQs

When are you open for the season?

Our gates are open to the public from early June through to the end of August. We are open everyday including Holidays from 11am- 4pm daily. Please keep in mind that schedules and hours may vary depending on the weather and special events taking place at the farm.  Please check our website terrebleu.ca or Terre Bleu Lavender Farm on Facebook for current information.  

When is the best time to come?

Terre Bleu is a beautiful working farm to come and visit with or without bloom. When open we offer educational tours and information about how lavender is grown, maintained and harvested in Ontario and how we make our many specialtly products from this fragrant plant. We have nine different varieties of lavender in our fields, all of which bloom at different times during the summer season, which creates colour in the fields from June through to August. The Angustifolia or “English” varieties begin blooming late June, while Grosso  and Phenomenal or “French Lavenders” begins to show colour in late July. July and August are typically the best times to see blooming, although this will vary depending on temperatures and weather patterns for the summer season.  Also it is important to note that lavender is typically grown in far more temperate climates than Ontario. Unforunately for us our plants are frequently damaged or even killed during our cold harsh winters which can severely reduce their size and extent of actual blooming.

What is the admission fee?

Terre Bleu is primarily geared for adults although children are very welcome.

Weekends & holidays

Adults & Children - $13.27+HST *      Children Under 2 - Free

Weekdays

Adults & Children - $10 +HST *      Children Under 2 - Free

and 4.50$ +HST for entry after bloom season.

Entry to the farm store only, is free Monday to Friday. 

* Please note a higher entry fee may be charged during special events at Terre Bleu

We accept cash and credit cards and have an ATM.