The derecho storm on August 10th wreaked havoc across the Midwest. The rare storm devastated parts of the power grid, flattening valuable corn fields and killing at least two people. It produced winds of up to 112 mph near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and toppled trees, snapped poles, downed power lines and tore off roofs from eastern Nebraska to Indiana. Over 10 million acres of crop damage occurred in Iowa alone.
The Peterson’s Bloomsbury Farm located in Atkins, Iowa is among the many family farms working on a comeback. Bloomsbury was homesteaded in 1856 and includes a thriving farm and agritourism operation. Dave and Karen Peterson and their two daughters Jessica and Samantha run the business and welcome thousands of Eastern Iowans to their living, breathing farm.
Their innovative sunflower or baby animal festivals bring families seeking outdoor adventure and during the fall they ramp up to Autumn Days complete with pumpkin patch, corn maze, and over 20 fun attractions. During October weekends they offer a night time attraction called Scream Acres that thrills visitors with a haunted cornfield.
Bloomsbury Farm was hit hard during the recent storm, but the family’s positive can do attitude has them back on track to open Fall 2020!
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