Welcome to Deep Creek Lavender Farm located in beautiful Deep Creek Lake, MD. This ‘hidden gem’ has been warmly embraced by tourists and locals alike for the past 9 years. The farm with its 8.33 acres, has nearly 1500 lavender plants, a 30’x32’ retail shop with 16’ X 32’ deck, a 2 BR, 1 Bath 850 sq foot home with two -car garage below and maintenance free, 22 x 16 deck, a small, 8’X16’ greenhouse with ventilation. In addition, the farm includes a 14’X24’ shed and large, 28’X30” building with classroom/production space, powder room for customers and a 2 BR/1 BA (840 sq ft) fully-furnished apartment above. In addition to lavender, sunflowers and cutting flowers are grown annually. Additional items of interest include a working solar oven, two rows of hops, and chicken coops and chicken tractors for raising chickens and turkeys.
The retail store is filled with lavender body products, candles, soaps, books, sachets, lavender bundles, tea pots, hand-painted items, and so much more. Additional items are consigned with local vendors to make the store a wonderful place to shop.
With its on-farm license the farm is able to create lavender baked goods, including lavender shortbread cookies, custom tea blends, lavender spice blends, baking mixes, jams and more. Outside local vendors provide lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream during the summer season. Each season classes are offered in a variety of topics: Cooking with Lavender, Lavender Wreath Making, Yoga in the Lavender Fields, Sip and Paints, Mosaic Tiles, and more.
Deep Creek Lavender Farm has grown year after year, but there is more room for growth. The online store is active throughout the year (over 400 online orders in 2021) and the number of visitors has grown dramatically in the past few years by thousands, many of whom are repeat customers. Bring your own ideas for revenue-generating projects! The possibilities are endless…..
Asking Price: $850,000 (complete turn-key package for business, farm, inventory, database, social media following, tractor and implements, furnished residences, and outbuildings. (residence/outbuildings/farm valued at $450,000).
Gross Revenue for 2022 - $315,000 (even during COVID)
Cash Flow for 2022: $124,000
Inventory: Includes all inventory available at settlement
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment: $60,000 (included in asking price)
Employees: Current owners operated business with help of summer intern(s) and volunteers. This is a true farm and requires someone with strong mechanical skills to operate and maintain the mechanized equipment in additional to the retail and production side of things.
Growth Opportunities: There is room to grow by increasing staff and open on a more full-time basis or expand the offering of classes and activities. Additionally, ideas include wholesaling products in other locations, offering a food truck, café, wine and cheese events, hosting bridal or baby showers or the addition of a petting zoo. Additional income ideas might include opening on a daily basis during the summer or off season, charging an admission fee, growing more lavender and distilling, wholesaling products, selling at farmers markets, opening the farm for glamping, RV hosting, hosting farm to table dinners, etc. The farm, with its limited parking and neighborhood location, is not conducive to a large wedding venue, but small weddings with the receptions held elsewhere are certainly an option.
If you need a larger home there is plenty of room to build. Live in the current home as you build or rent it out for additional income. The apartment above the classroom building is not currently permitted for rental.
Competition: There are competitors, but the lavender industry is still growing with plenty of room for future growth. Stonehouse Lavender Farm in Fairmont, WV (1 hour away) focuses on weddings and is not competition for the current farm set up. A new lavender farm, Willow Springs, is just starting out just north of Rocky Gap (1 hours away). We have found the visitors to Deep Creek Lake stay local for their vacation and many visit the farm several times during their stay at the lake.
Support and Training: The current owners will provide training to help the purchaser(s) take over providing a smooth transition while learning the lavender business and its operating activities and, gaining an understanding of the customers and vendor partners. Ongoing support can be negotiated.
Reason for Selling: Owners/Sellers, Anne and Scott, are looking forward to their next chapter in retirement. They would like to find and give an entrepreneur with a passion for lavender/agritourism a headstart through this profitable, turn-key business.
Settlement: Purchaser(s) can begin to learn the business during the busy summer season while the property is under contract, but sellers will be unable to settle until mid-October, 2022 or later. Sellers can remain in the area for assistance and training post-settlement as negotiated.
Start Up Financing: Sellers are willing to hold ‘start up’ financing ($75,000 or less) for new owners to begin their new adventure in lavender farming. Terms and conditions to be negotiated.
The sellers will provide a one-year membership in the US Lavender Growers Association for purchaser(s).
Contact information: For more information, contact Anne Davidson (owner), 240-481-9114, email@example.com, or speak to Anne or Scott while you at the farm and an appointment for a more thorough information session and tour can be made.
Before you know it the lavender season will be here. We open May 27th. The prime bloom is end of June through mid-July. Plants will be available for sale starting in May until we run out. Until then shop our lavender products online!