Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Spring Everybody!

Things are finally in full swing, aren't they?  Our little slice of Heaven has sprung to life, and is buzzing with "new".  The greenhouse is ready for you - and though we may not be the biggest, you'll find some gems that the others don't have.  And inside the shop, we have really bumped it up a notch:  We are so excited to be carrying Farmhouse Paint - a true one-step process to transform any surface into new life. Then there's the new line of clothing, children's books, and a home fragrance line, all displayed in a totally switched-up venue!
Maybe the perfect time to visit is Open House - Saturday, May 7.  You might want to bring Mom out as part of Mother's Day (we will be closed Sunday the 8th so we can be with our own moms). As usual, there will be treats and sales.  We'll be looking for you!

Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate & Kynda

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hello Farm Friends!

I'm writing to you with the sun shining in and a forecast promising Spring-like weather this weekend.  The perfect timing to talk about opening day at The Farm.  Normally, it's around March 1st, but we've decided to push it back to mid-March.  So...first day will be Tuesday, March 15, and that will be first day for Morningstar Cafe too - fancy that!

We do not want to disappoint when you arrive, so we're working everyday on re-arranging and setting up a whole new shopping experience for you.  Buying trips have been the best ever, and I found a record number of exciting new companies to order from while in Chicago.  You're going to love it - can't wait to see you!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Blessings

Christmas Blessings to you and yours from Gail & Eric and everyone at The Farm.  Thank you for a wonderful 2015 season.  The shop is closed now for our annual winter break and we'll reopen April 1, 2016.  The Loft is open year round so give us a call if you need a little winter break too :)  217-632-2888

(Please note spring re-opening date has changed from March 1st to April 1st beginning this year.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Schedule

We would like to take this moment to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We count you among our things to be thankful for!  Of course, the shop will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day. And THEN we'll open a little earlier (9 am) on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday because there's sooo much to see!  No flat-screen TVs, just abundant gift and decorating ideas in a relaxing atmosphere.  And don't forget Christmas Open House is December 5/6.  Come see us!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

We're Making Room!

Hope your Fall is going great!  It has sure been a long lovely season hasn't it?  Here at The Farm, we are bursting at the seams upstairs with treasures for the "Next Season".  Sooo... we have decided to move the beautiful Fall-y items to one side of the shop and put them all at 30% off.  Now, you know our prices are already good, so for us to have an across-the-board sale, that means it's a real SALE! Come see what you might need for your Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Fall Everyone!

Our favorite season is finally here: just love these chilly mornings, days warmed by golden sun, then back to refreshing cool in the evening.  You should see the magic this performs on the bittersweet!  Speaking of that - there will be plenty.  Along with glorious pumpkins (decorated & naked), Indian corn (done in a new way), wreaths, sweet annie, and the cutest Halloween area we've done in a long time. 

Hope you can come out to see it all at FALL OPEN HOUSE: Sat Oct 3 (10-5) and Sun Oct 4 (1-4).  Looks like it's going to be a beautiful weekend to stroll the gardens, enjoy refreshments, and score some fall treasures!

Can't wait!
Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate & Kynda

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Farm Mail

Hi!  I hope your summer's going well.  I think my calendar has a misprint - it says August 1, and I don't know how that could be!  The gourd plants out back are producing tons of cute little creations.  UPS is bringing us new seasonal items almost daily.  Is our favorite time of year right around the corner?  :)

Maybe you should come visit the garden once more before it changes.  Kate has been doing amazing things out there - so many areas have had a face-lift.  And harvest has been wonderful, producing lots of flowers for wreaths & arrangements in rich late-summer colors (with a hint of Fall!)

Ok, that's it for now.  Except we have a new, easier email address:  And you should come be our friend on Facebook at "Visit The Farm". 

Ta-ta for now ~
Gail, Cheryl, Jean, Kate, & Kynda

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Container Report

Hi everybody!  How are your containers doing??  With all the rain we've had this spring and early summer, the watering chores have been a lot lighter.
We love the purple alyssum.  It might rest a bit during the very hottest of the summer, but it really shines bright early and late season.  It's especially looks good with orange--here with a zinnia and in later with the pumpkins.
Hens and chicks. . . always happy pretty much everywhere they are planted. 
The tipsy topiary got a new home out by the chickens this year.
Do concrete blocks count as containers?  We'll just call this a hybrid between edging & container :)
Hope your containers are happy and healthy.  
Leave us a picture in the comment section-we'd love to see!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Farm Mail

Dear Friends ~

It is with a happy heart that I am able to finally send you an email with our new 'helper', Mail Chimp! Some of you are loooong overdue for a note from me (and maybe you thought I fell off the Earth!).  But here we are, things are great at the shop, the gardens are amazing, and we are already harvesting a wonderful crop of flowers. Hopefully, your garden is happy with the rain and heat too.

And I hope you are able to come see us during the lazy hazy days of Summer.  The Farm is a perfect place to bring out-of-town friends and family (along with lunch at Morningstar of course!).  Make a day of it - when's the last time you strolled through New Salem?

Ok - where's my clippers?  Ta-ta!  I hope to see you soon!

From the garden -
Facebook:  Visit The Farm

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Setting the Table

Hello friends!  Here's a peek at a few table settings here in the shop these days.

What's on your table?  We'd love to see!