Ol'Factory Farm

7th Annual NY Lavender Festival

12973 Upton Road, Red Creek, New York 13143

Our 7th annual Lavender Festival is scheduled for

July 12th & 13th from 9:30am - 5:00pm each day!

Enjoy a day of fun and relaxation on the farm. Ppurchase lavender plants, enjoy wine tasting and visiting with over 40 unique craft artisans, listen and learn from our informational speakers, visit The Ol'Factory Soap Shoppe with many varieties of homemade soaps, herbal teas, and various lavender products. You can also walk through our family farm museum, sample baked goods and homemade lavender ice cream.


NEW THIS YEAR! Horse drawn Wagon Rides by Cooperstown Carriage will be available Sat.!

The registered Haflinger Draft Horses will gladly take you on a nostalgic ride around the farm.



We are so proud to bring you highly educated individuals to share their knowledge about lavender and other beneficial herbs, local vendors to showcase their talents and handmade products, locally grown produce and other wonderful products. The addition of small town community groups to use the event for their fundraising benefits has given us a sense of satisfaction beyond words. The visitors to our farm during the festival have always supplied us with unlimited amounts of positive feedback which in turn keep the festival alive, and help to renew our energy making the event bigger and better each year. Thank you to all of our past visitors and those who plan on visiting this year...

The NYLavender Festival Committee


Farm Update!

Resiliency and Perseverance at Ol’Factory Farm

The word resilience keeps popping up in random conversations.  It is the one word I have come to know and appreciate this year.  As I read about the effects this past winter has had on farmers all across the United States, it is more and more apparent to me that passion, determination, drive and resilience are, and always have been, stereotypical of farmers.  As I am still somewhat new to farming, thirteen years a lavender grower, I have come to realize that Mother Nature doesn’t play favorites.  In fact She makes us all rise to the challenge, use our ingenuity and creativeness and she never lets us take the easy way out.  Being a farmer is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for those who consider it a past time.  It is a full time job that requires odd hours, including weekends, not always so nice working conditions, physical labor, and a deep understanding of the environment we live in.

The past winter has been extremely harsh on the lavender plants, many of the older plants had to be removed, some plants are showing signs of life but are struggling, we are leaving them in the field in hopes that next year should prove to be a better year for them. 

On a more positive note, the English lavenders seemed to have done well, and so have some of our younger plants in the field. We have been busy, busy, busy, planting new rows of lavender and many new lavender plants are on order for continual summer and fall plantings. We are planting more of the hardier varities and some we've never tried before. We are excited to say that even with all of the extra work taking place on the farm, Phase I of the new Medicinal Herb Garden is also underway. The garden will consist of various herbs beneficial to our well being and of course MORE LAVENDER!!

Even though some of the lavender is still recuperating from this past winter you can  be certain that a celebration of lavender is still very much alive on the farm!

I would like to thank everyone for their continued support as community involvement grows each year. We are proud to sponsor the NY Lavender Festival and the Lavender 5k Fun Run and we couldn’t be happier than to announce that our first wedding ceremony and reception is planned to take place on the farm as well.

Each time I read a blog or an article about a lavender farmer or any farmer for that matter; that has suffered loss this year, my heart goes out to them.  I so can feel their pain, but most of all I respect and admire the resilience of each and every one of them.


Sue Chmieleski



Below are some pictures from our previous years:

Previous  Festivals Slideshow


2013 Lavender Festival Slideshow

Purchase your tickets ahead of time and save!

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Schedule of Events

Saturday July 12th & Sunday July 13th


9:30 – 10:00 SAT. & SUN Early American Flute music by Story Teller Flute Player Roy Peters
10:30 – 11:15  SAT. Dr. Polly Fleckenstein:  Herbal Pet Care
 10:30 - 11:15    SUN.

Arleen Hodge - Herbalist ,

Everyday uses of lavender

11:30 – 12:30  SAT.

Herb Walk to Follow

Dr. Les Moore, ND, MSOM– The Healing Power of Lavender 
12:45 – 1:45 SAT. Aleta Walborn: Musical Entertainment
12:00 – 1:00 SUN.    Johnny Bauer;  Musical Entertainment
1:00 - 2:00 SAT & SUN

Vanessa Neal - Mini Lavender Wreath Workshop Under the craft tent, fee applies

  2:00 - 2:45 SAT

Arleen Hodge - Herbalist,

Everyday uses of lavender


  1:30 – 2:30 SUN.

Herb Walk to Follow

Dr. Les Moore, ND, MSOM - The Healing Power of Lavender
  2:45 - 3:30   SAT. Aleta Walborn: Musical Entertainment
2:45 - 3:45  SUN. Johnny Bauer- singer songwriter from Rochester
4:00 - 5:00 SAT & SUN

Make a Lavender Wand - Craft Tent,

small fee applies


Arleen Hodge, herbalist from the Rochester area, will be working in the Lavender Picking Tent Area to answer your questions about growing, harvesting and using lavender!

2014 Artisans & Vendors!


Description: Dr. Les Moore
Dr. Les Moore, N.D. M.S.O.M., LAc.

Dr. Moore is a pioneer and one of the world’s leaders of Integrative Medicine, being the only Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist to have served as Director of two Integrative Medicine Centers and be employed in two hospitals. He has authored two leading books on healing and continues to write and lecture internationally.

Dr. Moore received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.


Arleen Hodge of Cranberry Creek Herbs.

Arleen studied herbalism through Sage Mountain in Vermont under the direction of Rosemary Gladstar. She has been teaching and lecturing as well as selling herbs for about 15 years. Arleen lives in Rochester NY


Karen Haas, Bayview Wellness Center & Spa

Karen is the owner of Bayview Wellness Center and is a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She will be speaking about aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation.

Polly Fleckenstein, DVM, MS, CVA ,  from the Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York

Dr. Fleckenstein received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. She uses acupuncture, herbal & other holistic treatments to help treat many types of medical conditions.  Dr. Fleckenstein is certified in veterinary acupuncture and continues to train in Chinese Herbal Therapy

There will be musical entertainment both days, a small children's area, great food and so much more!


Performing on Sunday only: Johnny Bauer, singer/songwriter from Rochester, NY

Performing on Saturday only:  Aleta Walborn, local singer/performer

Admission is just $4.00 children under 12 are FREE. 

Sorry, no pets are allowed due to insurance reasons


2013 T-Shirt Design

There are still some T-shirts left over from last years Festival. 


          "GO PURPLER" Tie Dye T-shirts are back for 2014!


To introduce, educate and promote this beneficial and wonderfully fragrant herb. Through the use of instruction, demonstration, and hands on workshops, you will learn about lavender's many uses, ranging from aromatherapy and medicinal to culinary and ornamental. We use earth-friendly practices on our farm. All of our lavender is grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides.


Constructed in 2012! 
Walk our 60' Lavender Labyrinth

We strive to keep our festival a community based event allowing many non-profit groups such as the Red Creek Free Library, and the Rotary to use this opportunity to help with their fund raising goals. Last year the Make A Wish Foundation participated in our event, donations were collected in the Labyrinth wishing well.

We will be collecting donations again this year.


Lavender 5K Fun Run/Walk

Sunday July 13th Event promptly begins at 8 am!

Five years ago we incorporated our Annual 5k Lavender Fun Run/Walk.  In the past the run raised money for a scholastic award and was given to a student planning to attend an accredited college to study agriculture or environmental studies. This year the proceeds from the run will go to the Make A Wish Foundation.


Bee supportive of a great cause!



Click here for 5K Application




From the West: (Rochester) Take Rt. 104 East until you get to Red Creek, turn right onto Upton road about 1/4 mil past the RC High School. Olfactory Farm is the first place on the right.

From the East and North (Oswego, Fulton) Take Rt. 104 West until you reach Red Creek. Turn left onto Upton Road. Olfactory Farm is the first place on the right.

From Syracuse: Take Rt. 690 North to 370 West. Follow Rt. 370 West approx. 30 - 35 miles. Through Plainville, Meridian, Cato and Victory. Upton road will be the next road on your right after the blinking light in Victory. Take Upton road approx. 3 miles. Olfactory Farm is the last place on the left. If you come to Route 104 you have gone too far.

From Weedsport: (Thruway): Take Route 34 North to Route 370.  Make a left onto 370 heading west. After you reach the blinking light in Victory, Upton road will be the next road on your right. Take Upton road approx. 3 miles to Olfactory Farm. This is the last place on the left before you reach Rt. 104.

From Auburn: Take Rt. 38 North to Rt. 370. Turn left onto 370 and then take the next right onto Upton Road. Olfactory Farm is the last place on the left before you reach Rt. 104.

Life is not a race – but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say ‘thank you’, ‘I love you’, and ‘great job’ to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental – search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself – plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.
Bonnie L. Moher