Donald Flis loves growing things. In 2016, after clearing some land on his gorgeous property, Flis decided to fill this new fertile ground with a harvest that would also fill a gap in terms of what is available in East Hawkesbury.
“I’ve been growing things all my life, even back at my parents’ place in Lasalle,” said Flis.
“Lavender is a popular thing and in Eastern Ontario, there really aren’t that many who grow it except the odd place here and there.”
In 2017, Flis had his first lavender harvest and proceeded to create his first product: lavender bath salts.
This season, Flis added an array of soaps to his product lineup – soap that he makes himself.
Currently, Flis occasionally sells his products at home and at the Lachute Flea Market. He is also building a website for his newly-grown business, lavenderboutiquefarm.com, where he showcases some of his products.
“I’ll be on Amazon very soon,” added Flis.
In the near future, Flis’ plan is to gradually diversify his products, but “within reason” he says, being the sole owner and artisan of Lavender Boutique Farm.
Anyone interested in home-grown, hand-crafted lavender products can visit Flis’ website, give him a call directly (514-705-2489), write ([email protected]) or – even better – book an appointment and tour his recent harvest.