Welcome to Violets and More, LLC
We are passionate about providing local, sustainable products produced at our home to help feed, dress, and enrich your family.
Originally established in 2005, we sold African Violets and their related supplies until 2016, when we welcomed a baby! Through our cloth diapering journey, we discovered many store bought pants didn't fit over cloth diapers. That's when a fellow cloth diapering friend gifted us with a pair of maxaloones. We fell in love with maxaloones, dusted off the sewing machine, and honed our sewing skills.
We've now regrouped and now offer handmade baby and toddler clothing! Versatile, with sizes and designs that fit longer. Practical, striving for easy on and off, cloth friendliness, and simple care. Adorable, with plenty of holiday and year round prints. Our one-of-a-kind (okay, maybe two or three) products are handmade right here in Nebraska, USA.
Fabrics are pre-washed in scent and dye free detergent before cutting to prevent changes in fit after the product is finished and washed by you after purchase.
Sewn clothing products are created in our home. While we do our best to keep them away from our fabrics and finished products, we are a pet friendly household. Our home is also wood heated during the winter months.
Freed Brothers Farms is a multigenerational farm with over 100 years in Phelps County, Nebraska. In late 2017, Jenny, daughter of the youngest Freed Brother, got the idea to grow pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, and sweet corn. With her father Martin’s blessing and assistance, in the spring of 2018 about an acre was dedicated to ornamental corn, sweet corn, pumpkins and gourds. In April of 2020 tomatoes and peppers were added, to contribute to a more diverse local food availability. As this specialty crop and market garden operation grows, additional produce products are in trial stages to become available such as green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, strawberries, cucumbers and more!
Jenny’s educational background includes undergraduate degrees in horticulture and insect science with a minor in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. Her master’s degree is in entomology with a focus on plant-insect interactions. Therefore, while the operation uses what is classified as conventional growing methods, rest assured there is a primary focus on sustainability. Crops are grown at both the farm as well as in an urban residential setting in Holdrege. Much of the specialty crop growing utilizes drip irrigation to optimize and reduce our irrigation water usage. When practical and appropriate, strategies such as intercropping and crop rotation methods are used. The pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides, when utilized, are the safest possible to target the specific issue and only when necessary.
Our dream includes converting most of the yard into more market garden space while intermixing a beautiful flowering habitat for our native insects and creatures; all while providing local, quality, sustainable products and produce.
For the 2022 season, we accept the Nebraska Farmers Market Nutrition Programs including Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and Double Up Food Bucks.