Meet Garrick and Violeta Veenstra of Harvest & Blooms Farm
Violeta began working as a Spanish teacher in the local school district while Garrick sought out an apprenticeship, finding it on a 10 acre organic vegetable farm near Peoria, IL at Henry's Farm. In 2006, Veenstra's Vegetables was established. Soon it was widely known for providing fresh, local, sustainably-grown vegetables in the Springfield, IL area.
While Garrick loved growing fresh vegetables, Violeta immediately fell in love with flower farming. As she began designing with flowers grown at the farm, it drew her into the world of floral designing. Being an educator herself, Violeta participated in many exciting floral workshops with some of the best floral designers in the country, including Erin Benzakein of Floret and Jennie Love of Love'n Fresh Flowers. As well she participated in workshops with the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and The Illinois Florist Association. In 2015, the couple added fresh cut flowers and flower arrangements to their farm business and changed the name of the farm to Harvest & Blooms Farm.