It’s your friendly family Lavendaughter here, just wanting to check in with everyone since the world went silent last month, and we hunkered down in the lavender to quarantine. How are you? Are you holding up? Are you washing your hands and staying at home? Are you desperate to get outside and stroll in the lavender? I’ll put a bunch of lavender photos in this blog so you can imagine you’re here in the sunshine, listening to the bees hum and the birds tweet, surrounded by the scent of lavender. If you’ve got a diffuser, fire it up with some lavender essential oil, and it’ll be *just like* you’re here!
Springtime is a busy time at the farm. Everything is waking up from its Long Winter’s Nap, and there are fruit trees to be pruned, bees to tend, products to make, and lavender plants to weed. Our daily life around the farm is almost exactly the same as it is every year, except that we’re limiting the times we go to town for groceries, and Farmer Rick isn’t allowed to go to Home Depot anymore (which is a big deal, trust me.)
We are extremely fortunate that our business is the farm, and our online store is based out of the farm where we’re quarantined – so we don’t need to worry about employees (we already live here) or the Six Foot Rule while we’re packing orders. So long as the United States Postal Service continues to operate, which is unfortunately in question at the moment, our online store is fully functional.
How can I help?
A lot of customers have contacted us to ask if we’re still taking online orders (we are!), expressing concern (which is very thoughtful), and asking how they can help support us as a small family farm during this crisis. Your best way to support us is to order from us online! We know things are tight for everyone, so we don’t want you to impulse buy candles. However, to keep the lavender alive for the future, you could choose to buy your quarantine supplies like hand wash, hand lotion, and soaps directly from us. That would be a huge help! If you have someone you’d like to reach out to with a gift, we just created the Lavender Care Package, which includes Lavender Hand Wash, lavandula angustifolia Essential Oil (for the diffuser or pulse points), Culinary Lavender (for tea & quarantine baking) and for a limited time only, a handmade lavender print cotton face mask. Finally, if you’d like to invest in our future but are stocked on supplies right now, you could always purchase a gift card for yourself or someone else to use at a later date.
Ways To Support Small Family Farms & Businesses
Here are some creative ways you can support your local small family farms and businesses while in quarantine!
- Search for and shop at small business online stores
- Order gift cards for the future
- Sign up for delivery from restaurants, farms, and co-ops
- Post about your favorites on social media & share the love
- Review your favorite farms & business on Google, Yelp, and Tripadvisor (so others can find them)
We do count on our summer visitors for the majority of our business. We feel encouraged that the state of Washington continues to meet expectations for slowing down the virus, and are still hopeful that we will be able to open for the summer season. We’ll definitely keep everyone posted! Thank you for your business, your concern, and your ongoing support of small, family farms. Not only could we not do this without you, why would we? Please stay safe, stay healthy, and don’t forget to wash your hands.