The Lookout Mountain Lavender Farm hosted its annual U-Pick event in Rising Fawn from June 11 to June 20.
Farm Owner Alice Marrin said people from all around Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama traveled to the farm for this event, which allowed individuals to enter the fields and cut as many of their own bundles of lavender as they wanted with the help of the staff.
“It’s been booming,” Marrin said. “It’s been in the hundreds – several hundreds.”
Because of COVID-19, the farm had to implement safety measures to comply with social distancing and other CDC guidelines.
According to the farm’s website, lookoutlavender.com, this included limiting the number of guests in the fields to 70 and encouraging guests to bring their own scissors. However, the farm provided scissors to those without any that had to be returned for the staff to sanitize.
Marrin said the farm’s store, the Lav Shack, moved its products outside under a tent to prevent crowds inside the building. The store sells culinary products like spices, culinary bundles, fuser bottles and sugars as well as body products such as eye pillows, lotions, linen sprays and essential oils among several others.
“Being outside, we thought there would be a line,” Marrin said. “However, it’s been pretty even keel. We haven’t felt like it’s been overcrowded.”
Though the U-Pick event is over, people can still visit the farm on Saturdays in June and July from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is located on North Moore Road in Rising Fawn.
The farm also grows blueberries. Marrin said the public will be able to start picking them sometime in July.
Marrin said the farm was originally a junkyard that Name purchased in 2016. After clearing the fields and cleaning up the house, Name decided she wanted to grow something low maintenance since she travels back and forth from Atlanta. Deciding on lavender and blueberries, the Lookout Mountain Lavender Farm has become a big success and another reason for people to explore in Dade County.