Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the ferry schedule?
You can find the ferry schedule here. The 2019 summer schedule begins June 23rd.
Are you cash-only?
Nope. We take credit cards, Apple Pay, checks, cash and will barter for honey or other delicacies.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, well-behaved dogs are allowed. Please bring a leash in case other visiting dogs are not compatible with yours. Please remove any “gifts” your dog might leave on the property.
What about children?
No leashes necessary! We love children, but please do not give young children clippers or let them be free-range among the lavender. There is a nice grassy area for children to play, and kids enjoy watching (and sometimes helping) with wreath and wand-making.
Can I bring a group?
We love hosting groups, from preschools to retirement homes. Please contact us in advance so we can discuss and be prepared for your visit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on what programming you would like, we charge a small fee. In the past, we have offered a tour of the field, talks about lavender, dried lavender shucking and sachet making, wand-making, supervised lavender picking for small children, tea parties and picnics. We can only host groups during our lavender season, so call soon!
Do you have bees?
Oh yes. We have two hives in place, supporting an island effort to breed more queen bees for the Pacific Northwest. There are honey bees and bumble bees around the lavender in bloom. They are not aggressive. If someone in your party has a bee allergy, that person should bring an epi pen or stay out of the lavender field (we have chairs in the shade with a lovely view of lavender).
Do you sell food?
We do not. Sometimes we have free lavender lemonade on offer, but we do not have a commercial kitchen so are not certified to sell food. Harbor Mercantile sells snacks, sandwiches and drinks and is two blocks away. We always have water available and many days have a complimentary lavender lemonade or spritzer on offer.
What about a public restroom?
Again, we can’t provide this. Think of us as a farmstand with benefits. Our house is on the property, so there is a bathroom of course and those in urgent need may appeal to us…
What else is there to do on Vashon?
Lots – good drives, views of Mount Rainier, hiking or walks, a downtown area with art galleries, shops and restaurants. There are kayaks and SUPs for rent less than a mile away. Think of Vashon as the island of Manhattan with 11,000 people. It’s rural and fun to explore. We have copies of the annual publications Destination Vashon and Heart of the Sound, which have maps and points of interest.