Clairmont Farms is a family-owned lavender farm located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Los Olivos, California. We grow the original Grosso variety lavender — its oil is known for its many healing qualities, and the Provence lavender for both culinary and oil. The fields are beautiful with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Three hundred-year-old oak trees dot the grounds. Filmmakers, photographers, and painters arrive each year and apply their craft.
The driveway is lined with olive trees that were planted by Spanish missionaries over 175 years ago.
Our farm is entirely organic. We harvest both with the traditional method of cutting each plant by hand, banding, and hanging the bundles in the barn (for sale in the shop year-round) and also with a small handheld hedge clipper for the remainder of the fields to be used for oil distillation.
The cut is sun-dried, thrashed, sifted and steam distilled in copper here on the farm. The resulting oil is organic, highly concentrated, and sweet because it has been made at a low temperature in copper (see “distill process” on the “lavender info page” for more information). The process may be seen on YouTube under Clairmont Farms Distillation. Lavender has been used for centuries and is the best-known herb for its medicinal and healing properties.
We are very proud of our culinary lavender (Provence) for its delightful addition to teas, honey, salt and pepper, and for baking, and a spice that enhances the flavor of many dishes.
In addition to our Essential Oil, we also offer a complete line of Grosso lavender-based personal care products. Located at 2480 Roblar Ave in Los Olivos, California, the farm is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Visitors are welcome to stroll through the fields, picnic, and shop in our boutique located next to the fields.
Meryl Ann Tanz and Sean Everett Crowder