It's easy to feel serene while exploring the fields at Eagle Creek Lavender.
More than half of the farm's 20 acres is decorated with various varieties of blooming lavender. The Clackamas River slowly moves along in the background, and trees provide opportunity to walk in the shade during warm summer days.
Bill and Mary Jabs, the duo behind Eagle Creek Lavender, will open the farm to anyone interested during the upcoming Eagle Creek Lavender Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, at 27525 S.E. Starr Road.
This is the second year the Jabs have hosted the festival, and they are eager to see familiar faces and meet new people at the event.
"It's like going to a party," Mary said, describing the festival. "There will be music, food and activities. People can sit on the riverbank and drink lavender lemonade."
Local musicians Rick & Barb & Friends will provide a soundtrack to the festival as guests peruse the lavender fields, purchase items from the Lavender Shoppe and explore offerings from vendors, who will set up shop along the stretch of the Clackamas River that runs through the property. Additionally, selections from Bill's collection of antique cars will be on display during the event.
For those interested in a behind-the-scenes farm experience, there will be demonstrations on how the lavender plants are debudded and distilled.
"People are interested, and we're excited for people to see the process," said Bill, who will lead the demonstrations.
Along the riverbank, vendors will sell everything handmade, from greeting cards and jewelry to T-shirts celebrating the upcoming eclipse and quilts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create lavender wands and wreaths.
Painters will set up shop at the two-day event to document the scenes around them, with the goal of completing their projects before the festival comes to a close. Mary enjoys having the artists in attendance, adding that she loves "seeing the way they capture the scene."
"It's cool to see them set up their easels," she said. "Some look toward the chicken coop, others paint the river or the chickens in the lavender. They're so talented to be able to complete a piece of art during that time."
So guests can satisfy their appetites, food from Fire & Knives Barbeque will be available for purchase. Keeping with the festival's theme, the menu will feature honey lavender chicken, pulled pork and brisket.
Bill and Mary believe the event will appeal to a variety of people.
"We have a little bit for everyone," Mary said. "People can cut lavender, sample lavender products, enjoy the music and look at the river."
The Jabs started Eagle Creek Lavender three years ago. Previously, the property was a Christmas tree farm.
After some of their 8,000 plants are harvested, the pair partners with other local artisans to create a variety of lavender-based products, including lotion, soap, linen spray, essential oil, bath bombs, sachets and culinary items.
Buena Vista Lavender, the largest crop the Jabs grow, lends itself to culinary uses because of its strong fragrance.
Initially, the pair had planned to work in wholesale exclusively but decided to expand their offerings.
"When you have something like this, you want to share it," Mary said, describing their inspiration for starting the festival. "It's hard to be grumpy when you're surrounded by all of this beauty and fragrance."
She equated organizing the Lavender Festival to preparing for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
"You work on it for awhile, and it's done fast," she said. "It's nice to share it."
If you go
What: Eagle Creek Lavender Festival.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25.
Where: Eagle Creek Lavender, 27525 S.E. Starr Road.
Cost: Admission to the event is free. Items from the Eagle Creek Lavender Shoppe and other vendors, food from Fire and Knives BBQ and self-cut lavender will be available for purchase.