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The Story of Barn Blooms


Most twenty somethings imagine big cities, exciting nights out, and leveling up in their careers after college. That just wasn't me. After graduating in 2016 and moving to Wolcott, NY I knew my aspirations of having my own vegetable garden would finally be able to come true. I had gardened with my dad growing up, and always remember going to the store and picking seeds out, and the smell of the fertilizer in the garden section. We never really had a thriving garden set-up, but it was always about much more then the plants.

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My dad and I circa 2014 at a Reining Horse Show

So, with those memories in mind, I started on a small plot next to the apple orchard in the backyard. My story wouldn’t be what it is without a little background on the apple farm I live on. The orchard is owned and operated by my boyfriend, Kyle, and his family. Kyle is a third-generation apple and grain farmer. His grandfather traveled from his native country of Switzerland and started farming in this area because of the climate controlling characteristics of Lake Ontario.  Apples thrive in this part of the country and they have since built a successful farm around selling apples and apple trees to orchards all over the US.

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The apple orchard across the street from the flower farm

I am grateful every day for the ability to grow on parts of the farm that are not used for apple production, and knew that my goal wasn’t set in the apple realm, but in starting my own plants and business. I had worked with beef cattle, sheep, rabbits, dairy cows, and horses in past jobs in high school and college. Although I LOVE animals, and have learned so much from those industries, I knew that path wasn’t the one I wanted to follow. Something about working in the dirt with my hands was just so enticing. Connecting with the land and with the seasons is very grounding in a world that constantly has us living virtually and vicariously.

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My professor from Morrisville State College Corey Hayes

Soon after starting into the vegetable world, flowers followed. I wanted to draw in pollinators and increase the wildlife in the area. Pollinators are a huge asset and we would not have food without them. Fruits and vegetables are the results of pollination, so the more you have flying around your farm, the bigger the harvest! As my interest in flowers grew, I started researching books (another love of mine) about how to grow and harvest my own flowers to bring in for a living decoration. I came across Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower, and the real deep dive into the industry began.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Elise Photography

The small stand and the red barn that started it all

In 2019 I started tossing the idea around of switching my vegetables to flowers and selling at a roadside stand. That summer I grew more flowers and tested the water on what would work for me in our zone 6a climate. By the end of the year I knew I wanted to make a go of growing cut-flowers and selling them. The name Barn Blooms was one that quite literally, popped into my head one day while looking at the big red barn on the front of our property. It was built in 1852 by the original owners of the land and has stood the test of time. It has perched at the helm of the farm for over 150 years. If I was going to use a symbol to represent my business, I figured I would use one that represented the values that I believe were going to guide my business. I settled on the name “Barn Blooms”, and haven’t looked back.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Elise Photography