New year, new website, new blog. I hope you will bear with me while I figure this out -- where it will go, what it will be... I do know that sometimes there is more of a story to tell than just a photo or Instagram/Facebook post can communicate and I am hopeful this blog can serve that purpose.
So, welcome! I am Teresa Lorensen. My husband Terry and I run a couple of businesses here on our farm in southeast Nebraska. Bloom Where You're Planted Farm is a pumpkin patch/agritourism farm which we opened in 2005. From late September through Halloween we open the farm to families and field trip groups to enjoy the great outdoors, take a hayride, pick pumpkins, play, visit with our animals, walk the trails, eat lunch and homemade fall treats in our restored one-room schoolhouse and shop for produce, antiques and gifts in our barn. It has grown and evolved since we opened all those years ago and in 2013 we added a spring event which took on a life of its own and became our second business, Rural Route Rust.
The first Rural Route Rust Vintage + Handmade Market was held in April 2013. We have always sold some antiques in our pumpkin patch store and saw an opportunity to expand that business while bringing visitors to the farm in the off-season. That first market had 15 vendors and was a ton of fun. That summer we did our first "junk show" (away from the farm) and have never looked back. As we found our style and footing we added new shows in new places. In 2017 we traveled to 11 shows in 7 states, hosted the 5th annual RRR Vintage & Handmade Market with 50 vendors, held two summer barn sales and completed our 13th pumpkin patch season.
Our winter months are spent collecting vintage goods (and then cleaning, fixing up, and pricing them), building/repurposing furniture pieces using found parts and barnwood, marketing for the RRR show (May 5 this year), communicating with our vendors, applying for shows, booking accommodations for show travel, ordering pumpkin seeds and starting to plan for the fall season. This winter we are also planning a kitchen countertop/backsplash remodel.
I look forward to sharing a bit of the junk/farm story with you -- thanks for being here!