Debbie Linton and her paper-maché helper serve up lavender creations (photo: Jan Cox)

Luscious lavender

Windy Acres Lavender Farm in Tyne Valley

Way Up West | by Jan Cox

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Just outside the village of Tyne Valley, sits Windy Acres Lavender Farm. Windy Acres Farm is home to Debbie Linton, husband Ted Dingman and a host of collectibles, art treasures and, yes, lavender.

Debbie and Ted vacationed on the Island for several years before deciding to make the big move from Ontario. On PEI they fell in love with a 12.5 acre property and the older house that came with it. They wanted a place with small acreage for Debbie’s gardening and some space for Ted’s woodworking.

“The name of the farm began as a joke. The wind sure does blow here. One day Ted came home with just a plain sign that read, Windy Acres. It stuck. But we added Lavender Farm,” explained Debbie.

In 2017, after much research about “what do we do now?” the couple bought 150 lavender plants. They bought two different types. Munstead is a taller plant and Hidcote Blue is darker. And at Lavender Farm they are put to good use.

Doing all the designing and creating in her country kitchen, Debbie uses lavender in the making of bath salts, soaps, wax melts, hand and body lotion, lip balms and of course, loose fragrant lavender bundles. Debbie’s talent doesn’t end there. She has two life-size papier-mâché “people” in her home—her design and construction. One, a French maid, adorns the entrance to the living room.

Other treasures include home made pallet signs, helped out by hubby Ted. Beautiful hand knitted mitts and slippers, paintings and wreaths. And Debbie will be adding to the line up a goats milk with lavender soap, Tea Tree Oil soap and a natural oatmeal soap.

This spring Ted and a local carpenter are renovating one of the out buildings on the property. Windy Acres Lavender Farm will soon have its own shop where all of Debbie’s products will be on display and for sale.

Currently, her merchandise can be found in Rustico, the Cascumpec General Store and the West Prince Arts Council retail outlet in Woodstock, for now. Debbie also had a successful exhibitor booth at the Three Oaks Christmas Craft Sale.

The lovely lavender scent in Debbie and Ted’s kitchen on the day of my visit, stayed with me for the rest of the day and evening. It was a delight. For information, call Debbie at 902-439-2514 or email debralinton@hotmail.ca.

Jan CoxWay Up West
Jan Cox

My partner and I moved to the island from Ottawa in August 2003. We quickly became avid fans of "The Buzz". I would search out the monthly read at the liquor stores of West Prince! I retired in June 2015 and found myself one afternoon, on a weekday no less, outside The Buzz office in Charlottetown. I met Peter and the gang and after singing the praises of the publication, suggested they needed a voice from West of Summerside. Me and my big mouth - three years later I am still writing "Way Up West" every month and it has been a joy. It's a win win - I get to work with a wonderful group of people at The Buzz and I am thrilled to be meeting folks from up west and area.