Since we started our family business in 1980, we have transformed from selling a few flowers and vegetables at the local farmers' market on the weekends, to a full blown year-round business that ships throughout the United States.
In the beginning, the farm was a hobby with the purpose to keep our three kids out of trouble and give them a job while attending school.
We started with an organic vegetable farm and sold our produce at the Shelton Farmers' Market. In 1984 we started selling our goods at the Olympia Farmers' Market, the 2nd largest farmers' market in Washington State, where we continue to sell our products today.
Our youngest son, Andrew Hunter, has stayed with the tradition of the family farmer and loves every minute of it. He sells our dahlia flowers in the spring and summer months and produces florist quality Evergreen Christmas wreaths during the holiday season. He has expanded both areas of our business and now sells dahlia tubers and fresh Christmas wreaths on the Internet as well as at the farmer's market. We also have a retail florist shop in downtown Shelton that provides our community with colorful flowers and gifts.
We have enjoyed making a living from growing and hand harvesting the fruits of our labor over the years. As Andy once said, "Well, in simple terms I really love what I do and am happy in the fields cutting flowers and picking squash at 6 a.m. before market opens each day. It's a career that I would not change for anything."
Lynch Creek Farm handcrafts beautiful, highly decorated Christmas wreaths. Our holiday Christmas wreaths are made with noble fir, juniper berries, incense cedar, variegated holly, salal and ponderosa pine cones. Other Christmas decorations are used depending on the design features of each holiday Christmas wreath.
Each decorated holiday wreath is handcrafted to a finished size of 26 inches. Each decorated Christmas wreath weighs at least six pounds. Most holiday wreaths on the market of similar size only reach a finished weight of four pounds. These additional greens create a three dimensional, long lasting and very attractive Christmas gift.
The bows on our holiday Christmas wreaths are all hand-tied. The holiday ribbon we use is of exceptional quality. Most of the holiday ribbon has wired edges that allow the bows to hold up not only in shipping but on your front door for the entire holiday season.
To ensure we have a superior holiday Christmas wreath we compare our products with our competitors over the course of each season. We weigh our competitor's holiday wreaths, look at their construction, measure them and test other holiday wreaths to see how long the wreaths hold up in normal conditions. What we continue to discover is that our holiday wreaths generally have more layers of evergreen boughs, thus often weighing two pounds more than our competitors' Christmas wreaths. Also, our bows are usually larger and not machine or jig made.
It doesn't get much greener than giving natural evergreen wreaths and centerpieces as Christmas gifts. Why you ask? Noble fir trees are never cut down when harvested but rather trimmed on the lower branches to ensure a lifetime of bough production. Our boughs come mostly from the Cascade Mountains, near Mount St. Helens, on either permitted government or private land.
Buying your Christmas gifts with Lynch Creek Farm equates to sustainability. Similar to the concept behind the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), we generate revenue for local landowners, giving them a reason to protect their forest versus opting to clear-cut, a controversial method of tree harvesting because of its visual effect on the landscape and effect on the local ecosystem.
Get the fragrant aroma of evergreens without the guilt. Customers concerned about their carbon footprint, who can’t make sense of whether it is better to buy a live Christmas tree or an artificial one, can avoid the entire debate by filling their home with our sustainable evergreen products.
All of our noble fir boughs have been certified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The boughs are free from what is known as Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum) or SOD. The foliar host and fungus of SOD affects noble fir along with many other types of trees and shrubs all over the country. It is important, and mandatory in some states, to ship certified products that are free from SOD.
After the holiday season is over one might assume we go on a very long vacation to help us recover from the chaotic wreath season. The one assuming would be wrong. Instead, we begin preparing our fields for the upcoming dahlia tuber season. Visit www.LynchCreekDahlias.com to learn more about our dahlia tubers