COVID-19 UPDATE : WE'RE OPEN!
Greetings to All,
As we all wait with bated breath regarding the next chapter of the ongoing battle between health and economics in this brave new world of Covid-19, we sincerely hope and trust that everyone is well and following the counseling, recommendations and advice the various public health agencies have been steadily updating.
At the Farm, we are delighted to have back a good number (but not all yet) of our highly talented Production Department handcrafters. Everyone has readily and rapidly adapted and adopted the several operational changes we have instituted, even if it has meant having to re-read one or more of the many Pelindaba Protocols that help us maintain the high standards we have always set for ourselves.
The fields and grounds in general have never looked as groomed, and with the removal of fences and gates have never been more inviting. The plants are playing their role, with the early flowers beginning their annual rite of summer, changing rolling green fields into a sea of shimmering purple!
The Gatehouse Product Gallery at the farm has just opened its doors to the public, with arrangements for social distancing and other basic public health precautions fully in place. The Exhibits & Treats section of the Visitor Center will re-open well before the July 4th holiday.
The Friday Harbor Product Gallery remains closed for now as we wait to see how many visitors get to come to the island this summer. All six of our current franchised Product Galleries — Edmonds, WA; Ashland, OR; Savannah, GA; and Amelia Island, St Augustine and Sarasota all in Florida have reopened under carefully controlled conditions.
We are committed to weathering these current challenges and are overjoyed to be able to once again provide you “The Complete Lavender Experience” at all the above locations as well as through our online channels … the website, like so many others, has continued to grow even more expansively in the recent main street shutdown. We survived and came back even stronger after our last existential threat (the 2009 fire) and we fully intend to repeat if not beat that performance once again.
We will provide updates whenever we have any significant developments. Stay Healthy and don’t neglect to smell the lavender!
D. Stephen Robins, M.D.
19 June 2020
Farm VisitingOur lavender fields are open daily to visitors to enjoy while maintaining safe social distance (6ft = 2 lavender plants!). The Gatehouse Farm Store is open for in-person shopping following CDC health and safety guidelines and local government requirements 11am - 5pm Thursday - Monday. Please help us keep fellow visitors and our community healthy and safe by following the posted guidelines at the Farm. No-contact pick up is still available. Just give us a ring at (360) 378 4248 to place your order for pick up.
Local Product Gallery Updatesfarm just 10 minutes from Friday Harbor. If you live on San Juan Island, we are offering no-contact pick up on select days at the farm. Just give us a ring at (360) 378 4248 to place your order for pick up.