Twins Sophia ( left) and Gianna Roberts of Olympia race through a field of lavender at the B&B Family Lavender Farm in Sequim on July 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Twins Sophia ( left) and Gianna Roberts of Olympia race through a field of lavender at the B&B Family Lavender Farm in Sequim on July 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Lavender farmers say weekend was smaller but steady

Many farms to remain open for summer with restrictions in place

With masks on, standing at least two lavender plants apart from strangers and using hand sanitizer as needed, visitors to Sequim’s lavender farms seemed to still enjoy the sights and smells of a modified Sequim Lavender Weekend.

Despite no Street Fair, vendors, live music or food tents allowed on farms because of the state’s Phase 2 guidelines for COVID-19, many lavender farmers reported a toned down but consistent flow of visitors.

See more photos from the weekend here.

Carmen Sepulveda, co-owner of Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm, said “everyone has been extremely gracious” about her business’ precautionary efforts.

Heather Amoranto of Lakewood smells lavender oils inside Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm’s farm store on July 19. She visited last year and wanted to come back for her birthday weekend. Sunshine was one of seven farms she visited that day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Heather Amoranto of Lakewood smells lavender oils inside Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm’s farm store on July 19. She visited last year and wanted to come back for her birthday weekend. Sunshine was one of seven farms she visited that day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Inside her shop, masks/face coverings are required with hand sanitizer available by the door as visitors come in. Outside, much of the farm’s lavender is closed off because it’s largely used for culinary purposes, and Sepulveda said they don’t want to run any risk of contamination with her products or visitors.

“People have just been happy to be out,” she said. “We had no issues.”

Typically, Sequim Lavender Weekend brings thousands of visitors to area lavender farms, events and businesses. However, with new health guidelines in place regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, various organizers scaled back, such as the Sequim Lavender Festival cancelling its Street Fair in Carrie Blake Community Park.

Clallam County’s Phase 2 doesn’t allow for formal gatherings like an official festival; farms, however, could open to visitors/customers and sell existing products under state guidelines that include use of masks inside buildings and social distancing.

Plenty of health precautions and signage were apparent at B&B Family Lavender Farm and other lavender farms in preparation for the typically tourist-heavy mid-July weekend. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Plenty of health precautions and signage were apparent at B&B Family Lavender Farm and other lavender farms in preparation for the typically tourist-heavy mid-July weekend. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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Some farms like B&B Family Farm moved their farm stores outside for visitors to peruse easier and farther apart.

At Juan Gonzalez and his family’s new farm Rancho La Morada Lavender & Flower Farm, he said “people have definitely been coming around.”

He wavered on the idea of opening over the national concern of COVID-19, but figured he’d try. Family and friends helped out under tents making lavender wreaths and selling products for visitors, too. The business opens this weekend — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 24-25 — at 1434 Marine Drive.

“We’re hoping next year everything will come back to normal,” Gonzalez said.

Of the dozens of farm visitors interviewed across Sequim’s many farms, most were from the I-5 corridor, saying they sought an escape or a day trip from the city.

Molly Nguyen of Kent came with her family to Sequim five years ago and returned seeking a day trip, too.

“It’s sad there’s no big festival,” she said. “We prefer the bigger events with more activities.”

Andy and Molly Nguyen of Kent pose for a photo for their daughter Angela at Graysmarsh Farm’s lavender fields. The family visited Sequim five years ago and returned because they wanted a day trip. Molly said they were sad there wasn’t a big festival and they prefer when there are more activities. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Andy and Molly Nguyen of Kent pose for a photo for their daughter Angela at Graysmarsh Farm’s lavender fields. The family visited Sequim five years ago and returned because they wanted a day trip. Molly said they were sad there wasn’t a big festival and they prefer when there are more activities. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Others saw the weekend as a treat: Heather Amoranto of Lakewood visited seven farms on Sunday as a present to herself on her birthday weekend.

Aspiring lavender farmer Melissa Broughton of central California visited Sequim, seeking tips for growing lavender back home.

She saw a sign for Meli’s Lavender and wondered if it stood for Melissa. It did, and she spent a few hours speaking with Sergio Gonzalez and his family at the farm about lavender.

“Sergio is like me; he’s passionate about lavender and loves to tend to it,” Broughton said.

For updates on Sequim Lavender Weekend 2021, visit www.sequimlavenderweekend.com.

Here are Sequim’s lavender farms’ openings for the remainder of the summer/2020:

B&B Family Farm, 5883 Old Olympic Highway; open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.daily through Sept. 30. 360-504-2585, www.bbfamilyfarm.com

Graysmarsh Farm, 6187 Woodcock Road; Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday through September. 360-683-5563, graysmarsh.com

Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain, 1541 Taylor Cutoff Road; open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Monday through Sept. 7. 360-681-2782, fleurishlavender.com

Jardin du Soleil Lavender, 3832 Sequim-Dungeness Way; Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in July; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday Aug.1-Sept. 30. 360-582-1185, www.jardindusoleil.com

Lavender Connection, 1141 Cays Road; open by appointment through Sept. 7. Visit www.lavenderconnection.com to schedule a free visit. 360-681-6055

Meli’s Lavender, 62 W. Diane Drive; open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 1. Wednesday-Sunday. 360-461-9958, www.facebook.com/melislavender

Nelson’s Duckpond & Lavender Farm, 73 Humble Hill Road; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 360-681-7727, nelsonsduckpond.com

Olympic Lavender Company, 1532 Marine Drive; open through Sept. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., buylavender.com

Purple Haze Lavender Farm, 180 Bell Bottom Lane; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 7. Downtown store, 127 W. Washington St., open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 360-683-1714, purplehazelavender.com

Rancho La Morada Lavender & Flower Farm, 1434 Marine Drive; open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24-25. 360-461-7679, randolamorada@gmail.com

Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm, 274154 U.S. Highway 101; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through September. 360-683-6453, www.sunshinelavender.com

Troll Haven/Bandy Farms, 950 Gardiner Beach Road; open for U-cut 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 during Farmer’s Market. www.facebook.com/TrollHavenBandyFarms

Victor’s Lavender Farm, 3743 Old Olympic Highway; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Aug. 30. victorslavender.com; also Victor’s Rain Shadow Lavender Farm, 1410 Kitchen-Dick Road; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Sept. 27. 360-912-3938

Washington Lavender, 965 Finn Hall Road; open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sept. 7. 360-452-4877, www.facebook.com/walavenderfestival

Mark and Debbie Aguiling of Auburn gather some U-cut lavender at Purple Haze Organic Lavender Farm on July 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Mark and Debbie Aguiling of Auburn gather some U-cut lavender at Purple Haze Organic Lavender Farm on July 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Owner Bruce McCloskey welcomes visitors to the B&B Family Lavender Farm in Sequim on July 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Owner Bruce McCloskey welcomes visitors to the B&B Family Lavender Farm in Sequim on July 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Mom and Dad Ulga and Andre Volozin of Seattle take photos of their family, including daughters Yana, Liza, Renata and Carina, and dog James on July 17 at Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain. Family members said this was their second year visiting Sequim, and they were looking to escape the city for a day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Mom and Dad Ulga and Andre Volozin of Seattle take photos of their family, including daughters Yana, Liza, Renata and Carina, and dog James on July 17 at Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain. Family members said this was their second year visiting Sequim, and they were looking to escape the city for a day. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Farah Schumacher shares some lavender with Tahan Jansz at Kitty B’s Lavender Farm on July 18. The Seattle couple said they came to the area for their anniversary, and Schumacher said they had wanted to come to a lavender farm for a long time. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Farah Schumacher shares some lavender with Tahan Jansz at Kitty B’s Lavender Farm on July 18. The Seattle couple said they came to the area for their anniversary, and Schumacher said they had wanted to come to a lavender farm for a long time. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Family friends, from left, Amara Gonzalez, 13, Elizabeth Ramirez, 11, and Belinda Ramirez, 13, make lavender wreaths together at the new lavender farm Rancho La Morada off Marine Drive. The farm’s co-owner Juan Gonzalez said his family has cultivated lavender for years and they wanted to open their farm this year. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Family friends, from left, Amara Gonzalez, 13, Elizabeth Ramirez, 11, and Belinda Ramirez, 13, make lavender wreaths together at the new lavender farm Rancho La Morada off Marine Drive. The farm’s co-owner Juan Gonzalez said his family has cultivated lavender for years and they wanted to open their farm this year. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Milton’s Tammy Bacon take pictures of her daughter Jaclyn Bacon at Graysmarsh Farm on July 18. It was their first time to the farm, and they wanted a day trip to Sequim because they haven’t come for a few years. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Milton’s Tammy Bacon take pictures of her daughter Jaclyn Bacon at Graysmarsh Farm on July 18. It was their first time to the farm, and they wanted a day trip to Sequim because they haven’t come for a few years. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Seattle visitors take in the scenic view with a photo in the lavender at Washington Lavender on July 18. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Seattle visitors take in the scenic view with a photo in the lavender at Washington Lavender on July 18. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Above: Greg Hughes and Stephanie Lowe of Seattle take in some of the lavender scenery and beehives at Jardin du Soleil on July 19. It was their first time to the farm, and they heard about Sequim lavender farms remaining open on the radio. Sequim Below: June Devine, a retired Sequim teacher, works with Jaden Duan, 11, on lavender items to demonstrate what people can do with lavender at Washington Lavender on July 18. Devine usually makes and sell lavender products to help her granddaughter Emma pursue a dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. Duan was on the farm helping her grandparents, Dan and Janet Abbott, owners of Washington Lavender. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Above: Greg Hughes and Stephanie Lowe of Seattle take in some of the lavender scenery and beehives at Jardin du Soleil on July 19. It was their first time to the farm, and they heard about Sequim lavender farms remaining open on the radio. Sequim Below: June Devine, a retired Sequim teacher, works with Jaden Duan, 11, on lavender items to demonstrate what people can do with lavender at Washington Lavender on July 18. Devine usually makes and sell lavender products to help her granddaughter Emma pursue a dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. Duan was on the farm helping her grandparents, Dan and Janet Abbott, owners of Washington Lavender. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Greg Hughes and Stephanie Lowe of Seattle take in some of the lavender scenery and beehives at Jardin du Soleil on July 19. It was their first time to the farm, and they heard about Sequim lavender farms remaining open on the radio. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Greg Hughes and Stephanie Lowe of Seattle take in some of the lavender scenery and beehives at Jardin du Soleil on July 19. It was their first time to the farm, and they heard about Sequim lavender farms remaining open on the radio. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Kay Nguyen takes a picture of Ngan Hynh as Cuc Nguyen holds a ribbon for a better picture at Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Kay Nguyen takes a picture of Ngan Hynh as Cuc Nguyen holds a ribbon for a better picture at Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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