Farm Newsletter - Spring 2020

June 04, 2020  •  3 min read  •  78 comments

Hi everyone!


It’s been a beautiful spring with so much to do here at Lynch Creek Farm. Since it’s been awhile since I’ve written a newsletter, I thought it would be nice to share what we’ve been up to. First, however, I want to let you all know that I’ve been thinking a great deal about our customers and everyone touched by COVID-19. This has been such a challenging time and my heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by the pandemic. I hope this Farm update finds you well and gives you some insight into farm life while brightening your day a bit with a touch of humor combined with a little reality.


Some people have asked what we do during the 9 months we are not creating and shipping our fresh holiday products. You might assume we’re kicking back and relaxing, right?....Well, there is a little of that in early January (we do need a break), but the bon-bons quickly run out and then it’s time to focus back on Farm business. Spring is a busy time on the Farm here in Shelton, Washington. In fact, the Farm is our family home and is separate from the nearby wreath facility where we make and ship our holiday products. Yes...they are two different places. Due to the pandemic, I’ve mostly been working from home instead of the office, right beside my wife Tracey (yes….she’s my new co-worker!). In fact, Tracey (co-worker/wife/self-appointed project manager) has been busy assigning tasks to her new found farm-hand Andy (that’s me!). She has really taken to her new role and is quickly excelling at providing direction.

Andy carrying Dahlia buckets
Andy working in the dahlia fields in 2019

Right now it’s dahlia time on the farm. Each year, we plant several acres of dahlia tubers (14,000 dahlia plants to be exact) that bloom from early August until October. The field, full of blooms, is a sight to behold. We love sharing it with the community all summer for U-Pick flower picking.

Truck with Dahlias
Dahlias in bloom on the Farm in 2019
The young plants are now coming out of the ground (along with the weeds!). Pesky weeds are met with scuttle hoes and a lot of sweat! I would say I love weeding but that would be a lie. It all works out in the end when the dahlias start blooming and the community shows up loving the millions of blooms!

 

One of my wife’s favorite projects was directing me in the building of a new goat fence on our property (when I say “favorite” projects that again might be another lie!! :)  We did stay married during the fence building process but it was touch and go for a bit. Apparently, I needed a lot of direction! At least the new fence is up and our goats Gilibert, Chuck, Daphne, and Little Oliver are happy. Now they have more space to roam outside the big red barn.

Red Barn
Restoring our 100 year-old barn

Speaking of the barn, we are currently in the beginning process of restoring the 100 year-old barn to its former glory. Actually, “we” refers to my wife telling me what the barn will eventually look like, and how I will go about making it look that way... That’s for another newsletter which will be coming soon!


Additionally, we greatly expanded our berry garden and added tayberries, marionberries, boysenberries, honey berries, blueberries, and strawberries, because who can have too many berries in the summer? Plus my daughters Natalie and Georgia will need something to do this summer if working in the dahlias doesn’t keep them busy enough (they both work in the dahlia field, for real!).

Red Plaid Bows
Our bowmakers hand tie thousands of bows in preparation for the upcoming holiday season

The entire Lynch Creek Farm team and I continue to prepare for an exciting 2020 holiday season. We’ve already designed many new wreaths, centerpieces, and tabletop trees that we know our customers will love. Our bow-makers continue to tie bows, and the team is planning for another amazing season ahead. Fun fact - did you know we have 13 ladies who tie bows all year round for the Farm! Those beautiful bows are all handmade.


I hope this letter provided a little insight into life on the Farm, from my perspective of course. We’d love to hear from you to know how you're holding up, so please reach out. Until next time, take care of yourselves and stay healthy!



Andy Hunter

CEO/Farm-hand

78 Responses

  • Linda Evans

    June 15, 2020

    What a wonderful newsletter! Your farm is beautiful and those dahlias. I want some! I know t is hard work but you two are doing a great job with a wonderful sense of humor.

  • Rhonda Agee

    June 15, 2020

    Love your newsletter. Can’t to see the new wreaths this year. We have been ordering them for many years for my husbands clients. As far as they are concerned it wouldn’t be Christmas without their Lynchcreek Farms wreath. I just got back from Yakima. Will have to let my family know about the dahlias. They love the flower farms. Thanks for always making consistently beautiful products. And that barn is stunning!!

  • Jackie Steinbock

    June 10, 2020

    Fun newsletter!! Just think, if your wife wasn’t keeping you busy, you’d be bored and out of shape!! LOL!! Living up the road from you, I love seeing your dahlias pop up and look forward to stopping for a bouquet every couple of weeks to brighten my home. It’s so much fun and soothing to the soul to walk among all those beauties! And I have ordered wreaths for far away family members for several years. They always look forward to their lovely, fragrant gifts. Looking forward to seeing what you do to the old barn. See you in August!!

  • Tina Nutt

    June 09, 2020

    Loved the newsletter!

  • Carol Hamilton

    June 09, 2020

    Sure enjoyed your newsletter update. It is refreshing to read something of pleasure, upbeat, humore and love of their business and life. It would be great to have all those flowers in my backyard. We have trouble just getting a couple annual flats in the ground. Hanging baskets are the best. Looking forward to the new items that you will be presenting. Thanks again for thinking of us. Carol Hamilton

  • Diane Ardell Snear

    June 09, 2020

    It was so nice to receive your email and newsletter, Thank-You! I enjoy giving your wreaths as Christmas presents each year and they are always beautiful to look at and loved by their receivers. Thank-You for the amazing products you, your family and staff produce each year for ALL to enjoy! Stay safe and healthy.

  • Regina McCairns

    June 09, 2020

    Thanks for the news. Refreshing news at this time. Be well and stay safe.

  • Patty White

    June 09, 2020

    Great newsletter, loved the humor. I have been very happy with everything I’ve purchased from you. Love the small tabletop decorations for my daughters & sisters!
    God bless!

  • Donna Nault

    June 09, 2020

    Loved reading your newsletter, it made me smile! I’m very lucky to live close by and enjoy seeing the dahlias grow and finally, bloom. You and your family are very dear to me…it’s people like you who help to make our community a great place to live!!! I always look forward to the Christmas season, Lynch Creek has been part of our holiday celebrations for years. My mom always sent one of your beautiful wreaths to an uncle in New Orleans, maybe this year I will continue that tradition : )

  • Joyce Luchtman

    June 09, 2020

    Every Christmas I order from your farm several centerpieces & wreaths,. Two go to elderly couples who love the centerpieces w/candles (& w/copious misting kept them viable for a couple of months)!. You sent one of each to my pastor,wife & 8 children!! He used the lantern (lighted) in the wreath they received as a prop for one of his frequent fun object lesson messages! He told me that he’s saving that lantern for future use! All who receive your lovely Christmas offerings love them (& me)!! Loved your very interesting newsletter (w/pictures) & your sense of humor. Put me down for the next newsletter please.
    June 9, 2020 From beautiful Northern Colorado.. .. .

  • Anna Cheetham

    June 09, 2020

    Wonderful newsletter and a breath of fresh air during such hard times. Looking forward to another wreath this holiday season. Hope to see pics of the Dahlias this summer! Cheers!

  • Debra

    June 09, 2020

    What fun to read your Newsletter; thanks for that. Yes …. if a couple can survive a rehab or restoration project, they’re doing well. Of course it always helps when there’s a clear chain of command (which it would appear that the two of you understand well ; ) Since I work, garden, live and raise my zoo out of our 100 year old home, sheltering in place is no big deal to me, and we’re quite fortunate to have job security during all this. I try to balance gratitude with all stresses, and thinking of your wonderful products and the joy they bring to all our lucky friends, is a reason for being thankful. I found LCF several years ago and have been delighting myself and loved ones w/wreaths and centerpieces ever since. I, too, plan to be a long-time very satisfied customer and am so grateful for your family’s work! Bless you all.

  • Patti Langland

    June 09, 2020

    Thank you for the delightful newsletter. What a bright addition to a summer day. I want to especially thank you for the small centerpieces. My mom is 86 and no longer put up a Christmas tree. She enjoys the scents of the pine for Christmas and asks me to give her one every year as a present. I have always been happy with the freshness of all the products and look forward to another year Christmas smells…

  • Ginger GRUMP BUCKET Taylor

    June 09, 2020

    Dear Andy,

    You never fail to continue to be my hero…..remember that day a few years ago when you so graciously, and kindly soothed the savage beast on the phone with you – the one who was being so unreasonable? I love my nickname that you assigned to me that day….and like I said then, I learned that kindness and solutions are so much better than being reactive. How lucky all of us are who have ordered your beautiful products. You, your company, your gorgeous holiday creations.continue to amaze me each year. My friends and family are so enchanted with the beauty of your products.and look forward to receiving a (Breath of the Northwest)……Hmmm….. that would be a great name for one of those amazingly fragrant creations. Thank you and your many employees for their incredible customer service. Thanks for giving us a picture of what goes on behind the scenes and during the rest of the year.

    Hugs to you all,
    GrumpBucket /Ginger

  • Jim and Dede

    June 08, 2020

    Great news letter really enjoyed it . Your wreaths are a big part of our holidays, had three of them last year and they were all beautiful.

  • Marsha Popejoy

    June 08, 2020

    Thank you Andy for bringing our email box some refreshing pleasure. I was one of those asking what everyone does during off peak season. Your beautiful evergreen creations are a source of my gifting every holiday and loved by all. My heart is warmed knowing I can support a small business where I have connections from years ago with my old neighbor Rob Hunter . Missing the northwest.
    Marsha Popejoy, Sugar Land, Texas.

  • Linda Grogan

    June 08, 2020

    I really enjoyed your “Newsy” newsletter! I too have ordered for a number of years, and you never fail is,either in customer service or quality of product. I too would love now pi’s of just about everything you me

  • Teddye Sells

    June 08, 2020

    Loved the newsletter. After 30 years in Washington, have spent the 10 in Yukon, Oklahoma. Your wreath and centerpiece brought me so much joy last Christmas. A beautiful reminder of home. Can’t wait to see your creations this year. The dahlias are beautiful. Something else I miss from living in the Skagit Valley. !!

  • Pam Weinberg

    June 08, 2020

    I was a first-time customer last holiday season and I absolutely love your gorgeous greenery! It was beautifully made and the bows can be used again each season at my house!! I enjoyed reading your newsletter and seeing your family on the farm. I wish I lived closer to see your lovely flowers too! I look forward to future newsletters and ordering again for the Christmas season. Thank you for your beautiful selections!!

  • Darleen Tomayko

    June 08, 2020

    Your farm is beautiful! We are all learning to live with our spouses again, aren’t we?
    We live on the North Carolina coast and my wreathes last a long time. I mist them often. And they smell so wonderful! Thank you for making such a wonderful product!

  • Christine Kozak

    June 08, 2020

    Lynch Creek Wreaths has become a part of our holiday tradition. We buy ours and buy others for gifts. Great idea for a newsletter and hearing from you. Your farm looks beautiful and thank you for sharing. Feeling connected.

  • Kristy Buck

    June 08, 2020

    Great newsletter, Andy! I am so blessed to live close by and will definitely plan on stopping by the dahlia farm every chance I get. Last year we stopped every week or so to pick our gorgeous dahlia bouquet – you HAVE to post pictures so these adoring fans can see how beautiful it is! We truly do live in paradise, and I love your holiday wreath selection as well. Can’t wait to see what you have this year!

  • Sarah Elmer

    June 08, 2020

    Andy – what a pleasure to receive your newsletter. I hope to see many more in the future. Being a long-time customer I can’t thank you enough for making gift-giving to all of our clients such a simple process with the best prices ever. Your products are always so beautiful and so appreciated by everyone who receives them.

  • Jan-Marie Tempro Franco

    June 08, 2020

    Loved your newsletter, it’s so nice to feel human contact. I purchased one of your wreaths for my sister for her new home and she was thrilled. I live in the Caribbean and would love to have gotten one for myself but we are not allowed to import them unfortunately. Keep up the great work!!

  • Barbara Bengry

    June 08, 2020

    I am a long-time repeat customer and am always thrilled with the quality of your products. Each year I order several things for gifts and usually a treat for myself too. I was delighted to read your newsletter and to see photos of your property. Keep up the great service that you consistently provide. VA huge thanks to you !!!

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