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Fassnight Creek Farm


fassnight-creek-farm-jpg.jpgFassnight Creek Farm is truly unique--a working 14-acre family farm at 1366 S. Fort in Springfield, Missouri, right in the heart of the city. And if you think that's something, read on....









The Fassnight Story

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Dan Bigbee, shown here selling at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market, has owned and worked Fassnight Creek Farm for more than 20 years. He
and wife Kelly grow ornamental plants and a huge variety of vegetables and fruits. Dan says the farm has been producing commercially for more than 70 years. The Bigbees now sell at the farm and at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks at National and Republic Road in Springfield.




A Huge Bounty

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A partial list of the Fassnight produce: sweet peppers of all colors; hot peppers; cabbage; broccoli; eggplant; beets; kale; mustard and collard greens; snap beans; arugula; leeks; green onions; bulb onions (e.g., 'White Vidalia', 'Texas Supersweet', 'Candy', and 'Superstar'); pickler, slicer, and burpless cucumbers; herbs; and tomatoes. Later in the season it's watermelon; winter squash; and white, blue, and tan pumpkins.





A Familiar Face

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In addition to working full time with the farm and the Farmer's Market, Dan also gives gardening advice on local television (KY3 in Springfield at noon on Wednesdays). "I think I'm kind of a draft horse," he says. "I think I was just made to get into harness and get on with the show."














An Inviting Old Pump

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The old pump and a homemade sign invite visitors into the shed to choose and buy freshly picked vegetables and fruits. 
















A Serene Scene

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Inside the shed, this quiet scene.















The Farm in Stained Glass

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It was many moons and many visits to the Farm before we evernoticed this beautiful stained glass piece, it was placed so inconspicuously at the top of an old wood-frame window at the rear of the shed.







Annabel

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Annabel helped out at the farm. She had one brown eye and one blue eye, and was a sweetheart. She's gone now, but remembered most lovingly by all who met her.













A Field of Larkspur

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Greeting farm visitors in June is a field of larkspurs destined for fresh and dried bouquets. The Bigbees' ornamental plants and flowers include hostas, daylilies, ferns, bachelor's buttons, peonies, hibiscus, hollyhocks, lilies, and sunflowers. "This year we're experimenting with some new sunflowers," said Dan. "Red, multicolored, and yellow with a green disk."







A Sunflower Experiment Works

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The Bigbees brought the green-disk sunflowers noted above to market on July 3rd, and they were a hit. That's Kelly in the background.













Kelly at Market

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Kelly Bigbee, as if she didn't have a full-enough plate with raising the couple's six--count 'em, six--young ones, also creates and sells beautiful bouquets, wreaths, festive baskets, dried flower arrangements, unique soaps, and potpourris.










Cornflowers

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We love the beautiful simplicity of these small farm-grown cornflower bouquets.















Nancy's Picks

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Nancy Kays of Springfield, Missouri, seemed extra-pleased with her Fassnight Creek Farm sunflowers and bouquets. Nancy says she loves the Farmer's Market and goes whenever she can.












Sunny Bouquets

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The Bigbees' multicolored bouquets are extremely popular at market. Kelly says they're probably the most colorful in early August may be their most colorful Early August may be the most colorful time.














Colorful Canna Lilies

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One flower raised at the farm is ris this vibrant orange-and-yellow canna lily, species name Canna x generalis, varietal name 'Rosemond Coles' (sometimes 'Rosamond Coles' or 'Rosemond Cole'). If you're lucky enough to locate one for yourself, give it full sun and get out of the way. Said to grow to 4 feet tall, they can reach at least 8 feet in the Ozarks.






'Lord Baltimore' Hibiscus

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The term "accent plant" is a real understatement for the 'Lord Baltimore' Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Lord Baltimore'), which the Bigbees also grew. Brilliant red flowers, deep green foliage, and a height that can reach 8 feet make it a spectacular presence in any garden. With full sun and plenty of water, it'll bloom beautifully from summer to frost.






Drying the Flowers

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The Bigbees grow flowers at the farm and also on two other lots at other locations. Kelly dries a good many in the farm shed.














Dried Pepper Decor

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Dried red peppers in neat bundles are a great way to spice up any kitchen.



















Dried Hydrangeas

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Visitors also like Kelly's dried hydrangeas, especially in these colors.


















Dried Millet

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Ornamental Millet (Pennisetum glaucum), with its deep purple leaves and striking seedheads, is a spectacular focal point in dried arrangements. The variety 'Purple Majesty' in 2003 won the All-America Selections Gold Medal Flower award. Soaring in popularity, it's grown by many gardeners nationwide and does beautifully in the Ozarks, growing to 5 feet or taller. 







Festive Baskets

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The dried flowers are put to better-than-good use in festive baskets and floral arrangements of Kelly's own design.













A Real Beauty

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This basket really caught our eye for its subtler, yet  most pleasing colors.















A Helping Hand

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Ashton Anderson, whose mom, Shirley, manages the greenhouse at Wickman's Garden Village in Springfield, Missouri, has helped the Bigbees out both at the farm and the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market.










The Wreaths

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Kelly's decorative wreaths, whether simple or more elaborate, always provide outstanding colors and textures.


















Vivid Color for the Home

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It's hardly a wonder this wreath caught this customer's eye. As you can see, some of Kelly's work is, well, spectacular.













Seasonal Themes

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Kelly's wreaths often beautifully reflect seasonal themes, as shown in this autumn arrangement.













Wintry Fun

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We loved the skates in this one and thought the whole a most delightful way to carry a bit of garden cheer into winter.













Smaller Baskets

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Precious things come in small packages, and Kelly's smaller arrangements are a perfect example.















Potpourris

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Kelly has won a real following for her potpourris, which stand out for their fresher scents in addition to theircolorful ingredients. "A lot of potpourri oils are cut with dipropylene glycol," she says. "We don't use it and that means more fragrance. And the fragrance lasts longer." Note: The practice of using potpourris to freshen rooms with herbs, spices, and oils is at least 6,000 years old.










Some Very Special Soaps

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Kelly also makes some truly remarkable hand-crafted soaps. Available in beautiful colors and several fragrances, the soaps have the added advantage of lasting much, much longer than commonly available commercial soaps. (We know because we've tried some.) Recent additions include goat milk soaps scented with essential oils and colored with natural earth pigments, which Kelly whips up in her own kitchen.




A Modern Heirloom
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This remarkable bit of autumn art started with the heirloom Australian pumpkin, the Jarrahdale, blue-grey and ribbed with thick, rich, sweet, golden-yellow fruit. Then Kelly Bigbee gave it a touch of the brush, and...Voila!










Fall Beauty By the Load

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You can make up your own name for this trailer-load of gorgeous mums. It was autumn and we just happened upon it at Fassnight Creek Farm when no one else was around. We didn't ask about it, but decided to let it remain a lovely autumn mystery.









Dan & Laura

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When 12-year-old Laura (AKA Laura Lee, AKA Tater Baby) Bigbee decided to dress up like her farmer daddy Dan on Halloween, 2012, this was the result. It's hardly a wonder. Laura's been helping at the farm and at the farmers markets since she could barely toddle. Like her folks, she's a worker.








Another Contribution

bill%2C-bob%2C-and-dan-jpg.jpgAs busy as Dan Bigbee is with the farm and selling at market, he still finds time to help others in big ways. Here he's with Bill Roston and Bob Childress at the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri. Bill has designed and installed a great many of the gardens and Bob is the hardworking garden chairman of the Friends of the Garden, the volunteer group that creates, maintains and improves the botanical gardens. On this day Dan brought his frontloader and worked to move soil to create brand new beds for the Botanical Gardens' amazing new Winter Garden). It was a huge contribution and much appreciated by all. Note: You can find a link to see much of the Winter Garden on this website by clicking on the Real Gardens link at left.




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