Bloom Where You're Planted Farm

  (Avoca, Nebraska)
A family-owned educational farm & pumpkin patch near Avoca, Nebraska
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Bring on Spring!

We survived the long winter, and although we're still melting from a surprise snowstorm over the weekend we know Spring is just around the corner!

We had a very successful fall 2012 season.  So many new friends came to the farm and we are thankful for each and every one!  We were also thankful for each and every pumpkin after a summer of drought.  As of today we are just over 6 months from doing it all over again and although it might be another dry year, pumpkins are pretty resilient and we have high hopes. We're waiting on one more seed catalog and should have our ordering done soon.  Late May/early June is planting time for our pumpkins, squash and gourds, and we can't wait to get out in the dirt again.

We spent the winter building a different part of our business, one which has always been in the background but is stepping to the forefront for our off-season.  If you've been to our gift shop or in the pumpkin barn you know we love to collect farm primitives, antiques, and fun rusty stuff (like the clawfoot bathtub we keep our mini pumpkins in, or all the old farm tools and signs hanging around the barn).  We've always kept a small inventory for sale in the store, but we've been collecting and searching all winter and now have a big, fun pile of "good JUNK"!  

On April 13 & 14, 2013, we're opening the barn doors and farm gates for our first-annual Rural Route Rust sale. Besides for our own selection of primitives, garden junk, "man-tiques", vintage textiles and kitchen goods, repurposed lighting, industrial accents, and leather cuffs handmade from vintage belts, we've rounded up about a dozen other vendors that share our love of this kind of merchandise.  There will be a great selection of vintage, antique, repurposed, upcycled and handmade goodies and we're excited to support our fellow small-businesspeople while providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for our visitors.

We'll be holding our annual spring open house in conjunction with the sale.  The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open, serving chicken salad sandwiches, soup, hot dogs, pie, brownie sundaes and other homemade yummies all day long, and the young and young-at-heart can explore the farm and visit the horses, goats, chickens & cows.  Admission is free all weekend, and hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  

We're currently booking field trips and parties for fall 2013, so contact us anytime to be sure you get the best dates.  Whether in April for the Rural Route Rust Sale & Spring Open House, or in September for the Pumpkin Festival, we look forward to seeing you soon at the farm! 

 
 

Early Summer

I'd better start this post with a little prayer of thanks for the 1.5 inches of rain we got Sunday night.  This was the driest its ever been at planting time, and we desperately needed a rain to wet the soil so the pumpkin seeds could germinate.  Pumpkin plants can tolerate pretty dry conditions, but without moist soil the seeds won't sprout.  Now with the rain our seedlings should be popping out in 5-7 days!

We planted 35 different varieties of produce:  orange (Jack-O-Lantern & pie) pumpkins, heirloom pumpkins, small gourds, large hardshell gourds, and squash.  We always try to add a couple new varieties and I'm excited about this year's additions.

The pumpkins we planted in early May are doing well.  These will hopefully yield some beauties to take to our county fair.  The broom corn is also looking good and should be a cool addition to our fall decor.

A.J. the calf and our four new chicks are growing and thriving.  Check out our Facebook page for their latest photos.  www.facebook.com/bloomwhereyoureplantedfarm

On June 9 we drove near Yutan to pick up two new goats.  They're pygmy/fainting goat crosses, males about five months old.  They're super cute but not very fond of humans yet.  We'll have to bribe them with food until we're able to pet and handle them better.  By fall they should be very friendly and happy to eat out of visitors' hands!  We're having a naming contest on Facebook.  Submit your suggestions, we'll put them up for a vote, and the winner(s) will receive free admission to the Pumpkin Festival!

Watch for us in the Weeping Water Limestone Day and Murdock 4th of July parades.  Have a great summer, and we hope to see you soon on the farm! 

 

 
 

Spring Chickens (& Calves & Pumpkins)

This is a great time of year at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm.  Rain has been plentiful, the grass and trees look lush and healthy, and the iris and peonies are starting to bloom.  In the next week or so we'll start planting some of our longer-season pumpkins and gourds.  The full planting assault will happen around Memorial Day, hopefully finishing up the first couple days of June.  I can't wait to get out in the dirt!  Its so exciting to think about all the pumpkins we'll harvest, plus its great exercise!

On April 29 we brought home five hens, a cross between Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshires (so they're very East Coast but seem to be enjoying the Midwest!)  April 30 & May 1 was our second-annual Spring Open House.  It was good seeing the familiar faces of some of our loyal customers and friends, and exciting to meet some first-time guests, too.  The following weekend we held a "Barn Sale" -- basically a big yard sale heavy on the antiques and primitives.  We made room for all the "new" antiques, primitives and gift shop merchandise we'll be bringing in for this fall.

The most fun thing this spring has been the arrival of two baby calves.  Fern delivered her first calf on May 1, a bull calf we named Mayday.  Ten days later, Molly's calf Rosy arrived.  I surprised myself (and really surprised Terry, when I told him the story later) by jumping in to help pull her when I realized she was coming out rump-first and upside down.  Molly may have been fine without me, but ideally they should come out head/front feet first, and I got scared.  Both calves are perfect and they're SO darn cute! 

Mayday

 

Rosy

Well, I'd better get outside to enjoy this great weather and get something accomplished.  Have a great spring, and we hope to see you soon at the farm!

 

 
 

Rain Delay

WOW!  Have we had a lot of rain lately!!  Since noon on Sunday we've received over 7 inches of rain -- 5+ inches of it Sunday evening.  Between flashes of lightning I could see what looked like a river flowing through the southwest pumpkin patch, and I was sure most of our plants were doomed.  That's the U-Pick patch, too, probably our most important field.  When daylight rolled around and we were able to get out and survey the damage, it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd feared.  We're hopeful that most of the plants will survive and we can replant some short-season varieties in the areas that were washed out.

Our large nature trail bridge washed half a mile and ended up across the road in the neighbors' ditch.  It took out part of the electric fence around the cow pasture on its way through, and my dad called at 6:30 a.m. Monday to tell us that Fern, Molly and Alice were out in the road.  One of our neighbors happened by and helped Terry herd them back home.  The big bridge wasn't too damaged, and after a search we found the smaller bridge buried in debris in the pasture.  By the end of the day yesterday life was pretty much back to normal and we consider ourselves lucky.  There has been a lot of flooding throughout eastern Nebraska (and across the entire Midwest) and we send our thoughts out to all those dealing with real destruction and devastation.

We're looking forward to dryer conditions and getting back out in the dirt.  Our next project will be starting to build the structures for our new gourd garden.  There is also (always!) weeding to be done, and I may start ordering a bit of merchandise for the gift shop soon.  Its hard to believe, but there's less than 3 months until we open for the Pumpkin Festival!

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Birthday Girl

It is hard to believe that it was a year ago already that our filly, Dash, was born.  She came into the world on Memorial Day evening, May 26th, 2008. 

Most of our animals are adopted and we don't know their actual birth dates.  So, I got a little carried away and stopped at the store to pick up some party hats to celebrate.  I knew it would make for fun photos, and let's face it -- I'm a dork.

Nearly everyone on the farm (Rocket, the cats, the cows, and two out of four horses) took their turn to be humiliated.  Here are a couple of the highlights:

 

Sully

 

 

Molly

 Dash and her mother, apparently the two smartest of the bunch, wouldn't let the hat anywhere near their heads.

God bless my patient animals and husband for humoring me! 

 

 

 

 
 

Christmas Wishes from Our Farm to Yours!

Merry Christmas from Bloom Where You're Planted Farm!

I'm getting ready to start my Christmas cards today, but first I wanted to write to wish all our customers and everyone at Local Harvest a wonderful holiday season. 

This is a peaceful time of year for us at the farm.  All of the pumpkins are gone, the fields plowed, and everything put away from the fall.  Although we probably could get to work in the shop building some of the projects we have planned for next year, that can wait until January.  For now, we're getting caught up on our "real jobs" (the ones we still rely on to pay the bills!) and enjoying having some free time on the weekends.  Most of our shopping is done, and we've been trying to get out to see some of the holiday sights around Omaha, Lincoln, and our nearby small towns. 

For those of you who have visited the farm and befriended our animals, here's what's going on in their world.  Molly, our bigger heifer, is visiting my in-laws right now (specifically, visiting their young bull, in hopes of producing a mini-Molly next year).  Our younger heifer, Fern, is becoming friendlier all the time and is really loving the leftover pumpkins -- you should see her go at them!  Our "baby" horse Dash isn't such a baby anymore.  She's growing all the time and we have her halter-broke and are able to lead her around now.  Her dad, Sully, is a big brown teddy bear with his heavy winter coat.  Mama Sachi is currently at the horse trainer's and I'm looking forward to finally getting to ride her when she comes home after Christmas.  And, as if we didn't already have enough horses, we bought a new mare, Abbie.  She's tall and black with a wavy mane and big white blaze on her face.  She's very friendly and usually the first one to the fence to greet you. 

Rocket is enjoying lots of quality time in his dog bed in the house, and like the rest of us is trying not to over-indulge on all those tempting Christmas treats.  We'll all need to go outside and exercise after the holidays!  With the way this past year has flown by, the time to get out there and start working toward next fall will be here before we know it.  Until then, we're trying to slow down and savor the season, and I hope you will be able to do the same.  We wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas.  See you in the new year!

Teresa

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
 
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