Mother-Daughter Lavender Business

Mother-Daughter Lavender BusinessPeople flock to Edith Williamson’s farm in Fauquier County during June and July to pick flowers. Some of the most fragrant flowers are found here, often drying them out to use in baking or to add beauty to their homes.

Lavender is mainly grown at this farm, and the long purple stalks of “Croxton’s Wild” have already started growing.

William says, “we like Croxton better than Provence for cooking because it’s sweeter.”

Her daughter Deborah Williamson lives in the neighboring house and she also has a hand in the business along with her husband and son. So lavender has become business for the whole family.

Edith says laughing, “A lot of people will come and say, ‘where are the fields of lavender? This is it. We didn’t have a market for more. Now that Debbie has gotten our lavender into Whole Foods, we plan to expand.”

Though most of the lavender farms found in the United States are in Washington, California and Texas, there are very few on the East Coast, but Virginia holds its place with the competition as it has very good growing conditions.

“The winter in Pennsylvania are too cold, and the summers in North Carolina are too hot,” says Edith, “We’re perfect but we can’t compete without west.”

Growing lavender not only brings beauty into the lives of others and their own, and it also brings this mother and daughter closer together.


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