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Lavender Fields

Take just a few steps down the aisle, between rows and rows and rows of vibrant purple plants, and you’ll understand why lavender-lovers make a yearly pilgrimage to a little-known island just off the Door Peninsula. Washington Island is home to the region’s small-but-mighty lavender scene and where you’ll find thousands of acres of lush lavender fields planted in neat, uniform rows—as well as the Midwest's largest lavender grower. Mid-July is the typical blooming season, and harvest time usually comes by mid-August, when the delicate and versatile flowers are transformed into artisan goods and delicacies to be sold at markets across the county.

Lavender can be harvested and used in a huge variety of products, including soaps, perfumes, jams and jellies, teas, baked goods, candies, essential oils, and way, way more.

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Washington Island is the place to go to experience lavender at its best, but products are available throughout the county at stores and markets.

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The purple plant can be used for many medicinal purposes. It can sooth minor cuts and burns and encourage relaxation, calmness, and sleep.

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Visitors can stroll lavender fields, take unique photos, take in the stunning natural color, and shop for artisanal goods at farms on Washington Island and in Ephraim on the mainland.

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Lavender fields typically burst into life and vibrant color in late July or early August.

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Lavender cookies on a plate

Lavender Cookies

Fresh or dried lavender is used to flavor these delightfully simple and satisfying cookies.

A Breeze Blows Through the Lavender Field

A soft breeze blows across the island, rustling the stately lavender plants.

Farm Fresh Flavor

If you’re looking for farmers markets where you can get some of the freshest fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, plants, flowers, and other foods, here’s what you need to know.