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Under the Stars Lavender Farm Opening For The Season On May 25

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GLOUCESTER –Under the Stars Lavender Farm will open for its season on Wednesday, May 25. The farm, located at 11532 Harcum Rd. in Gloucester, will remain open through June 26 for pick-your-own lavender.

The farm is entering its third season. In addition to picking your own lavender, the farm will host
lavender wreath workshops and photo opportunities. Lavender food, beverages, therapeutics, and personal care products will be available for purchase as well.

Under the Stars Lavender Farm features a farmhouse built in 1842 that owners C.J. and Bill McDonald have called home since 2016.

“After much research, it just made sense to create the Under the Stars farm with this incredible outdoor space,” said C.J. McDonald. The farm sits on 127 acres of land.

C.J. McDonald spent 18 months planning her retirement following a 22-year career working as a corporate business strategist.

“Under the Stars Farm was born out of the desire to bridge a gap, find a solution, and create an experience for others,” said C.J. McDonald. “I was ready to start a new career, and instead God called me to focus on my family.”

The McDonalds moved to Virginia after Bill McDonald had hand surgery with life altering results, leaving his right dominate hand practically useless.

“After much prayer for healing Billy’s hand, I prayed for peace in our situation and circumstances,” C. J. McDonald said. “God bridged the gap between our circumstance and my childhood dream of living on a farm, where our land could support our family and serve the community.”

The McDonalds have four kids ranging in ages from 14 to 30. Their daughter Samantha has recently come back home to work on the farm as part of “living a legacy” as C.J. McDonald called it.

In late summer, the McDonalds also plan to host micro weddings on the property, as they have received a lot of inquiries and requests. Plans include a large venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, and organization events.

“Our mission here at Under the Stars Farm is to utilize the blessing of this farm and the surrounding land by providing a place where we can help others create moments & memories that last a lifetime,” said C.J. McDonald.

Under the Stars Lavender Farm will be open for its regular season Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10am to 4pm. All guests must have a farm pass that can be purchased online or at the farm for $15, which includes admission to the farm, a lavender u-pick bouquet, a glass of their signature lemonade, and a farm tour.

Families and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Guests may also bring a picnic, though alcohol is not permitted. For more details, visit the farm’s website.

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