EDGERTON — When Kristy and Phil VanderZiel first opened Farmhouse Market in Leota in 2015, they were chasing a dream. Kristy has always been a picker at heart, and Phil loves working with his hands.
Back then, Farmhouse Market hosted just two sales a year, plus a few shows between the spring and fall seasons.
Now, they're open four days a week all year long. Farmhouse Market operates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
"We were wanting to be open more, and we were running out of space," Kristy said.
They found their new space at the former Huisken Market at 771 Main St., Edgerton. Just a short distance down the road from their home in Leota, the new place is a perfect fit.
"A lot of people have thanked us for coming to town, and that's really sweet," Kristy said.
The new Farmhouse Market occupies about 5,000 square feet, a significant advantage from the 900 square feet the VanderZiels were working in previously.
The goods found at Farmhouse Market focus on housewares and decor. Kristy loves finding old and antique goods to repurpose, and Phil prefers to build furniture from salvaged barn wood. They also work with 17 local vendors who make a variety of wares like soaps and jewelry.
In their new space, Kristy has room to stage furniture and decor into little vignettes so customers can visualize how each piece might work in their house. In addition to browsing the existing collection, customers can ask Kristy to find them something specific or Phil to do a custom build.
The VanderZiels also see Farmhouse Market as a place where the community can come to learn and practice skills. Starting in a few weeks, they will hold workshops — led either by them or by area experts — that will teach a host of disciplines from home decorating to basic tool operation.
"We want to bring it back to where people actually get together and do stuff," Kristy said.
To celebrate the move, Farmhouse Market is hosting a grand opening event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is welcome to stop by for treats, giveaways and $5 make-and-take projects. From 1 to 5 p.m. there will be live music by Kayla Daniels, local singer/songwriter of Nashville fame, and Reuben and Val Sinnema, who cover artists such as Tom Petty and Johnny Cash.
The VanderZiels are excited to find their place in the Edgerton community.
"It's the right fit for us to come here," Kristy concluded.