Hops, Lavender, Soaps & Tea... You can only imagine the wonderful aroma you are met with at Hopenhagen Farm until you experience it for yourself! The Rumble Family found their agritourism niche in Lewis County growing hops for the Craft Beer Movement and continues to add new experiences for the community including a Lavender Festival, Yoga in the Hop Yard and a Tea Room for your private party! Hopenhagen Farm continues to evolve, educate and provide experiences for the community to enjoy.
Business Owners: The Rumble Family
Number of Employees: Family owned & operated with 3 part-time seasonal employees
Business Established: 2014
Location of Business: 10218 Washington Street, Copenhagen, NY 13626
Describe your start-up story: Hopenhagen Farm was born from the idea of utilizing our farmland after retirement. With a collection of useful knowledge, and a lot of physical labor, we successfully planted Cascade and Newport hops in the Spring of 2014. The idea of Hopenhagen Farm became a reality!
Along with hops we decided to start growing lavender in 2016. To date we have 1400 Phenomenal, Munstead, Big Blue, Edelweiss, Melissa Lilac and Hidcote lavender species.
In May 2017, we opened a specialty farm store at our farm which specializes in hop and lavender products including a forever evolving product line of soaps, grooming products, a children’s line and pet supplies.
In 2018, we completed a food processing (20-C) kitchen and opened The Tea Room. We offer a beautiful room for events and tea parties. The food processing kitchen enables us to dry our lavender as culinary ingredient. October 2018 Hopenhagen became a participant of New York Grown and Certified. Many of our products are now offered in some Taste of New York stores. Our long-term vision is to create a sustainable hands-on farm with quality hops and lavender offerings in a family friendly environment.
Why did you choose to do business in Lewis County? Both my husband and I were born and raised in Lewis County and raised our two children here.
What are the advantages and/or opportunities of doing business here? Lewis County is beautiful area with all four seasons that affords several outdoor activities to offer residents and visitors, which in turn stimulates other business. The county as a whole has welcoming community of people with an appreciation of what it takes to grow a product the right way.
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in Lewis County? Our advice to someone starting a business in Lewis County would be to check for viability, visit similar businesses, read, ask others for advice, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and be patient - changes will be needed. Most of all, be prepared for long hours and hard work.
How has Lewis County Economic Development/IDA helped or made an impact on your business? The individuals working at IDA are very knowledgeable of Lewis County and continue to inform old and new businesses of current opportunities available for them. I feel strongly that the IDA’s progressive thinking always put our county in a position to be discovered for all that it offers while creating events that keep our residents able to take advantage of those offerings.
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