Environment

Lavender Boutique Farm – Chute-à-Blondeau’s new blooming home-grown business

By Cedrik Bertrand

July 27, 2018

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 (dflis@sympatico.ca) or – even better – book an appointment and tour his recent harvest.

Flis started all this in 2016. For the first season, lavender remains small, trying to take hold in the soil. The second season, the lavender blooms and is ready for harvest. Lavender typically blooms twice a year, once in early summer and once in the fall. The perennial plant can last 10 to 15 years. (Photo: Cedrik Bertrand)

 

The type of lavender found in Flis’ garden is called Munstead Lavender. This type is known for its resiliency, making it ideal for the area’s cold, harsh winters. (Photo: Cedrik Bertrand)

 

Dried lavender bud directly from Flis’ garden. Dried lavender can be blended with bath salt or pouched, to be hidden here and there, ensuring a nice, relaxing perfume within your home. (Photo: Cedrik Bertrand)

 

On the right, bath salts with dried lavender bud from Flis’ garden. On the left, lavender water in a spray bottle. A natural alternative to deodorizing products, it can be used as an air freshener. It’s also a decent mosquito repellent. (Photo: Cedrik Bertrand)

 

Flis wanted a nice variety of soap, not just lavender. Using organic essential oils, he makes all the soap by hand using a melt-and-pour base. The product comes in two sizes – hand and body bars. (Photo: Cedrik Bertrand)

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