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al­ways seen pic­tures of the beau­ti­ful field of laven­der and fresh green col­ors and wanted to see it for our­selves and of course to take some pic­tures,” she said.

There have been two Chi­nese movies and a TV se­ries about laven­der said Rosen­baum. A Chi­nese ro­mance movie called Laven­der takes place in France’s Provence re­gion.

Rosen­baum said there was also a Chi­nese Romeo and Juliet type movie in 2001 where a man dies in a laven­der field, which he said is “very ro­man­tic — that’s why they’re at­tracted to the laven­der, they take pic­tures in the field.”

“I think this flower stands for ro­man­tic things for Chi­nese, for Asians. The Chi­nese love France, Europe, that kind of ro­mance,” Sing Sing, a Chi­nese who cur­rently lives in New York told Pub­lic Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional.

Rosen­baum is the gate­keeper, in­volved with plan­ning. “This is a real fam­ily busi­ness.” he said.

Rosen­baum’s wife Su­san, 63, a re­tired pub­lic school teacher, is in charge of fash­ion­ing the farm and the shop, which sells dried laven­der, sa­chets, laven­der oil, and bath and body prod­ucts.

His son, Chan­nan, 37, grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, and now does mar­ket­ing for the farm.

There are two types of laven­der, English, which blooms twice a year from the end of June to early July and another in Septem­ber. French laven­der blooms once a year from the begin­ning of June to the end of July for roughly six weeks.

“Laven­der is fra­grant, if you cut it 10 weeks later it still lasts, still smells,” said Rosen­baum. “The beauty of laven­der is all in the flow­ers, the dry ones you can keep for­ever.”

Rosen­baum warns that the har­vest sea­son for laven­der is over, and that the best time to visit the laven­der farm is in late Au­gust or Septem­ber when the laven­der is in full boom.

Laven­der by the Bay brings their prod­ucts to NYC Green­mar­kets, in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions daily. Con­tact the writer at read­ers@chi­nadai­lyusa.com


Laven­der by the Bay in East Mar­ion, New York, at­tracts a large num­ber of Chi­nese vis­i­tors.

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