After eight years, Blue Willow Lavender Farm’s Linda Ketts is shutting her business.
GIG HARBOR — After eight years, Tracy Ketts, owner of Blue Willow Lavender Farm, is stepping away from her lavender farming life.
The farm, which Ketts and her late husband, Bill, opened July 4, 2008, will celebrate its final Lavender Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9.
“I already knew this would be my last year,” Ketts said. “If you’re going to come (to the festival), this is the time to come. It’s not going to look the same after that.”
Following the festival, Ketts will be selling off lavender plants for anyone interested to come and dig them up for $2 apiece.
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She plans to keep the farm open through her regular season, which ends Aug. 27, and then reopen for the Key Peninsula Farm Tour on Oct. 1.
“It feels good, but it’s still bittersweet,” Ketts said of closing the business. “You pour your life and sweat and tears into it and it’s sad to see it go away.”
The final festival will feature live music, food from Rib Ticklers, cooking classes and vendors with demonstrations of their craft. Lavender and its uses will be the main focus of the festival, with everything from lavender food to a lavender wreath-making demonstration.
“It’s just a really fun time,” Ketts said.
The farm began with 800 lavender plants and at its peak of planting was home to about 4,000 plants.
Now, with some plants already sold, the farm features about 2,500 plants on 2.5 acres on the Key Peninsula in a setting that Ketts said many customers refer to as “storybook.”
With the lavender farm closing, Ketts said that the property owner, her friend Mike Walsh, is thinking of selling the property.
As for Ketts, after closing the farm this October, she will be getting remarried and looking toward the next part of her life away from the lavender fields.
“The future’s kinda out there,” she said. “This has been the grandest adventure so far of my life.”
For now, the farm is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It’s at 10615 Wright Bliss Road KPN, Gig Harbor.