Frequently Asked Questions 

Lettuce review our Frequently Asked Questions.  If you do not find your question/answer below, we'd love to chat with you online or through our mailbox.  Please allow us a bit of time to get back with you if we are not currently online.

ALLERGY STATEMENT: Although we are a lettuce farm, and package only  lettuce, microgreens, and herbs, our farm stand now sells fresh baked bread and croutons.  Please be aware that cross-contamination of wheat and gluten is possible to occur at time of lettuce purchase.  Therefore, if you or your loved ones have a wheat allergy, Celiac Disease, or non-Celiac Gluten sensitivity, please wash the outside of your bag of lettuce or microgreens when you get home.  We are doing everything we consciously can to prevent cross-contamination at the lettuce production table.  (We actually have farm family diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and fully know the ins-and-outs of it, who safely enjoys our Loudoun Lettuce.)

Where is your farm located?  Can I buy lettuce from you there?

Yes!  We'd love it if you came to the farm to buy lettuce!  Our farm is located at 36474 Osburn Road, Purcellville, VA 20132. If you need GPS assistance, Waze app knows where we are, as well as Google maps.  Look for our bright yellow signs along the road, advertising Farm Stand Salads For Sale.  We accept cold, hard cash, coins, and credit/debit cards.   ** You are invited to come in the front door and shop in our quaint little farm stand! (It's totally up to you if you wish to don a mask or face covering.) We understand that some folks do not feel comfortable coming inside to purchase lettuce. Totally understandable!  We also understand mobility issues might make this difficult too.  If either applies to you, we encourage you to pull all the way up to the front of the building and toot your horn.  Someone will be outside shortly to assist you.  We also offer pre-ordering for farm stand pick-up.  Please select the product labeled "special assistance requested" and add it to your cart.  This will communicate your needs and we will be best prepared to assist you when you arrive.  

How can we pre-order your lettuce?

To pre-order the best lettuce and herbs in the county, click on the Shop tab at the top of the page. Shop comfy in your skivvies, super hero cape, and coffee in hand, if you like.  Add items to your cart, choose your pick up location, pay (secure purchases brought to you by the fine folks at Square), and go pick up some brunch.  Then, head on over to your chosen pick up location.  Please do lettuce know about your order when you arrive, but don't forget your pants. Super hero cape is totally optional...

Why did I get an email saying that my order is not yet complete?

If you receive an email saying that your order is not yet complete, it is because your order has not been finalized, or payment has not gone through.  You will receive this if you close your browser page with products in your cart. This means that your shopping cart is saved and you can go back to add to, take away, or change your order and then place your order, if you choose.  You can also contact us, and we'll help you the best we can.

What are the days and hours of the ESH farm stand?

ESH farm stand is open for pick up and "drive in" sales Tuesday through Friday, 9am-12pm (noon) and Saturday 9am-12pm. These are the only days and hours we are open to sell our products.  **If you need to pick up an order after hours, please message us, and we will arrange that for  you.  

Can I plant the living herbs in soil and make them grow?

Maybe.  Maybe not.  Long story short, our culinary herbs are not like/the same as seedlings that you find in the garden center to plant in your garden. Any attempts to plant them should be considered experimental.  To read about it in detail, please click here.  This will take you to our blog.  Find the Lettuce Chat 4/28/2020  "Can I Plant It?" blog post, which addresses the subject.  

Should I wash my lettuce?  VERY IMPORTANT stuff here, PLEASE NOTE!!!

Following health and safety guidelines, we recommend that you wash ALL of your produce before consuming, including your lettuce and herbs.  Just like some fruits and veggies that you wait to wash right before you eat them, wash your lettuce (please be gentle). *If you are concerned with the outside of the lettuce bag when you bring it home, feel free to give it a quick wash/wipe down.  When we are preparing the bagged lettuce blends, we are following proper food handling guidelines. For more information, and a really long detail-filled read, please avail yourself of Our Commitment to You.

It's past 12pm on Friday, can I still place my order?

Maybe.  Maybe not.  We request these cut off times, so that we have the ability to properly prepare for pre-orders. The sure-fire way to score you some highly sought after lettuce, culinary herbs, and micros is to order early in the week.  **Please refrain from taking it out on our fabulous sales folks at the market. It's a demand and timing issue, and they have nothing to do with that.

Can we take a tour of your farm?

Potentially, with caveats.   We do not conduct on-the-spot farm tours at this time.  We do conduct pre-arranged tours for Mary Ellen-approved groups. (Pre-arranged, Mary Ellen-approved tours have been set up with the Head of Lettuce Herself, in advance.  Farm staff do not arrange tours.) Please do not drive all the way from OBX or Fairfax and ask for a tour.  That being said, we have a blog post and a virtual farm tour video, which is totally worth the 20 minutes it takes to watch. (Click on that blog link, then look for "Virtual Farm Tour". Or find it on our home page.)  This is very similar to a live and in-person tour that you are burning to take.

I am starting my own hydroponic operation.  Can I ask you questions on how to do this?  Can I come for a tour to look at your greenhouses?

Possibly.  Mary Ellen is happy to officially consult with you for a minimum fee of $500, with the consult fee going up, in relation to more in-depth information.  Farm staff and Mary Ellen will not answer any questions you have, unless it is clearly visible or talked about in one of our videos.  Our answers will point you back to the videos or we will repeat that same information.  Any further information will only be given under a pre-arranged meeting with us.  If you would like to arrange a consultation with Mary Ellen, and agree to the consultation fee, please email her at, or use the "contact us" form, and she will get in touch with you directly.

I placed my order online, can a friend pick it up for me?

Of course!  Please indicate this in the notes of your order, if you know this before hand (applicable to both markets and ESH farm stand). If this comes up after your order is placed, please leave us a message through our chat/contact us.  We will be happy to note it on your invoice. **Your friend should have your name and order number available at time of pick up.

Are you currently hiring?

*Please check back right here periodically, to see if anything has opened up.  At this time, we might be looking for someone to help with gutter cleaning and maintenance and general grounds maintenance.  A person who is an early-riser is best for the time of day needed, as well as a year around worker.  As you consider working with us at the farm, please keep in mind that we place high value on great attitudes, flexibility, hard work, high quality, attention to detail, willingness to get dirty and wet, ability to handle non-climate-controlled work areas, willingness to stay hydrated, enjoy a good closed-toe shoe, and not taking ourselves too seriously (not an all-inclusive list).  We work in the mornings, to take advantage of the cooler time of day.  All positions are considered part time.  Please email the Head of Lettuce (that would be our very own ESH farm owner Mary Ellen Taylor), at, to inquire and introduce yourself.