About Us - Three Lavender Sages
The partners, Mary Ann Etu of Lewes and Sharon Harris and Marie Mayor of Milton, happened on the idea of operating a lavender farm after the purchase in the fall of 2002 of the property. The partnership became natural to the long time friends and their enthusiasm is evident in the range of products and services they provide. Before their retirements, Etu and Mayor worked together for twenty years as Equity Coordinators for their states of New York and Maryland respectively. Mary Ann had maintained a summer home in Lewes for twelve years and encouraged Marie to move to the area. Marie and Sharon bought a home in Milton in 2000 and purchased the farm in the fall of 2002, and Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor LLC was incorporated in the spring of 2003. Each partner brings her own unique talents and abilities to the business. Mary Ann and Marie were both trained as home economists and Sharon is a lawyer with accounting experience. All three love gardening. Mary Ann is the product development and marketing person for the business, Marie handles sales and store operations and Sharon keeps the books and oversees farm operations. Everything is done by hand from planting to harvesting, to hanging the lavender in bundles to dry and creating value added products from the flowers in their workshop.
Says the partners, “For us, lavender represents the joining of the old and the new, the relaxing and the stimulating, a return to the farm and a reaching out into the larger world of marketing and tourism, a blending of the mythical and the practical. We are deeply committed to preserving the agricultural heritage of Delaware. We want to be a tourist destination for children and adults and provide a connection the state’s agricultural roots, a place for learning and enjoyment.”