B&B Family Farm

Frequently Asked Questions

Is your farm certified organic?

We grow certified organic crops on our farm (ginseng and goldenseal), however we do not certify our lavender as organic. We choose not to certify our lavendar due to the simplicity of growing lavendar. We feel our customers are sophisticated enough to see that lavendar does not have any pests to be sprayed for and does not need fertilizer, in fact the only thing that can really kill it is too much water. Because of this we do not certify our lavendar to keep our costs down and make our products more affordable.

What do I do with lavender Essential Oils? / What do I do with Essential Oils?

There are a large variety of uses but some of our favorites can be found here. Essential Oil Uses

Does your family really do everything on your farm?

Yes! With a couple of exceptions. During our harvest we have a small window of time to cut the lavender when it is best for lavneder bud and lavender bunches. When it is time to harvest the specific variety called Grosso (which is the variety we have the most of) for lavender bud and bunches, we have a crew of about 10 that helps us for a a couple weekends. Other that that variety we cut, dry, debud,clean, and distill all of our lavender. We also do most of our tractor repair work, trimming our plants in the fall, and general housekeeping to make our farm look beautiful for you, our visitors.

Who makes your products for your store?

We do... Well I should say Kristy and Bonnie do. During our winter break from the fields Kristy and Bonnie tirelessly work to make all of our products. From sewing to mixing there is never a dull moment in our work room. We also have products in our store from friends of the farm that are worth checking out.

Can I visit your farm? When should I visit your farm?

Yes please visit us! After September we are closed until the first weekend in May. We strongly feel if you are in the area around mid-late June you should stop by. You will see some of the more beautiful varieties of lavender before lavender festival weekend. The angustifolia lavenders (english varieties) that have the deep and rich purples bloom the earliest and were on display the last 2 weeks of June in 2015. If you wait untill lavender weekend in Sequim for a visit you may only see the variety grosso. Grosso is a beautiful variety but if you can come earlier you may get to see more. Because we can not control the weather this is all subject to change.

Are your essential oils pure, fresh, etc.?

YES! 100% Pure essential oils. Zion cuts the plants he wants to distill and distills the lavender within 24 hours of cutting. Unlike some of the big online retailers of lavender essential oils our lavender oils are 100% pure lavender essential oil and are not mixed with anything! All of our distilling is done in a copper alembic still. We use copper because copper binds with sulfur during the distilling process and removes sulfur from our oils. (Look at the periodic table of elements Copper and Sulfur really like each other and make copper sulfate). This method of distilling allows us to sell our oil immediately providing you, our customer, the freshest lavender essential oils.

How big is your farm? How many lavender plants do you have? What varieties of lavender do you grow?

Our farm sits on 12 acres and we currently have about 7,000 plants at different stages of growth. This makes our farm one of the larger lavender farms on the peninsula. We currently grow the following varieties in order of the ones we have the most of to the least. Grosso, Royal Velvet, Folgate, Royal Purple, Maillete, Melissa, Ana Luisa, Hidcote Pink, Betty's Blue, Nana, White Alba, Provence.

How awesome is it to live on a lavender farm?

Pretty darn amazing! Between the beautiful colors, scents, and our family. We feel really lucky! Life is awesome!