When Amber Endres opened Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse in August, she was hoping she could turn it into a year-round out.
Endres hosted a fall open house with a DIY porch pot class and at the time, she was hoping to have enough interest to do another one in winter. She was pleasantly surprised in the amount interested in the events.
The winter open house was scheduled for Dec. 1, but like many other events that weekend, it had to be rescheduled due to the snow storm. Not having an indoor space Endres had booked the Bloomfield Community Center for the only other date open, Dec. 7.
"I think it was a little slow, but considering the postponement due to the storm, and it being on a Friday, we still had the majority of those signed up for the class able to attend," Endres said.
The open house consisted of the DIY porch pot class as well as pre made porch pots, succulents, “Charlie Brown trees,” ornaments, signs and many goods made by local producers. Items such as sweet corn leaf tea, spices and seasonings, sauces and spreads, even candies all made right here in Nebraska made their debut at the open house.
Endres had many people participate in the porch pot class and it was enjoyed by everyone. A variety of pots were provided or could be brought in to fill.
She had previously cut greenery, twigs and birch and loaded them into a trailer, where customers could then pick out exactly what they wanted in their pots. Participants also learned how to make a big, beautiful bow and pick
between some ller such as berries and pinecones to add some flair to their pots.
Endres is careful to introduce new, fun things to the community without taking anything away from businesses already here. Christmas wreaths were something she chose not to pursue because she does not wish to compete. She also keeps a close eye on what others are doing so she can bring different things to the table.
She hopes to keep introducing new events such as painting or craft classes during the colder months. Fieldcrest Market and Greenhouse facebook page will post any upcoming events.
Endres plans to possibly do a spring open house. Her busy season will pick up in mid April when the
she can get plants in the greenhouse. Until then, Endres can be found this Saturday at the Santa Day Craft Fair at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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