We’re sharing our trip to the Fall in the Field event at Renningers in Mount Dora today!
If there’s one thing I appreciate about my family, it’s that we’re (almost) all planners. We know at the beginning of the year what events or special occasions we’re expected to attend.
That’s not to say things don’t come up or the schedule doesn’t get changed throughout the year.
Especially, during hurricane season.
For the most part though, we can pencil in festive adventures months in advance which makes carving out time to be with each other while trying to balance a busy calendar so much easier.
As we’re frequently reminded, “If you don’t control your calendar, your calendar controls you.”
Truthfully, we thought the event would be canceled this year given Hurricane Ian just cut a path from the west coast of Florida to the east coast.
If you haven’t seen our weekend update, you can find it here.
But so many of the out-of-town vendors were already in Mount Dora when the storm rolled through, and the vendors that lived in town welcomed the income opportunity.
So in between cleaning up tree and yard debris and dealing with a roof leak that sprung up during the storm at Bliss Barracks, we headed to Mount Dora to support fellow Floridians and the vendors that show up each year for Fall in the Field.
Even for just a few hours.
Pumpkins and Gourds…
If you’re new to the area or just curious, Fall in the Field is an annual event usually held on the first Saturday and Sunday in October.
As you can imagine, there weren’t as many vendors this year due to the hurricane.
But the place was packed and we had such a good time.
It’s always amazing to see the festive Fall displays each vendor creates.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pumpkins, squash, gourds, and cornstalks in one place before.
They had all sorts of varieties from heirlooms to gooseneck to warties.
Some of the pumpkins were so big, you couldn’t even pick them up without help! These white pumpkins were massive.
It was also fun to see gooseneck squash in real life because I’ve only seen them in magazines. These filled an antique dry sink which I thought was so creative.
Dried Cornstalks, Wreaths, and Dried Grasses at Fall in the Field…
Fall in the Field also had a ton of dried goodies from cornstalks to wreaths to garlands and grasses. As you can see here, the cornstalks were almost as tall as the roof of the outdoor barn area!
This cornstalk wreath is very similar to the one featured in Liz Marie’s book released last Fall.
We won’t be home for Thanksgiving this year but if we were going to be home, I would have definitely brought the wreath, garlands, and cornstalks home.
They were so rustic and would be really pretty to decorate with!
In addition to pumpkins and cornstalk goodies, they also had a section for dried gourds in all shapes and sizes.
I had no idea there was a wartie gourd variety but the texture was really neat. They would also be fun to decorate with!
Vintage Finds and Goodies…
It was hard to take good pictures because the outdoor barn and pavilion area were packed with people. But I managed to grab this pretty coastal meets farmhouse ironstone display…
and this chippy desk…
I loved how they displayed all the dried grasses and pods on this ladder…
and used chippy dresser drawers to showcase more pumpkins and wreaths…
There were berry garlands everywhere! From antique metal carts…
to dripping off ladders…
and even snuggled up with wartie pumpkins too…
While we didn’t bring home any pumpkins, cornstalks, or dried grass bundles my mom found lots of ornaments for Loblolly and a few for Bliss Barracks as well.
We gathered lots of Halloween inspiration for our upcoming Spooky Soiree at Bliss Barracks and talked to fellow Floridians who had also weathered Hurricane Ian.
Most of them were also cleaning up yard debris, dealing with leaks, roof and tree repairs, and drying out from flooding and storm surges.
All, ourselves included, knew it was a huge blessing to be able to get out of the house for a few hours considering the devastation friends, family members, and loved ones on the west coast of Florida are currently dealing with.
Tips for Shopping Outdoor Events like Fall in the Field…
*This post was updated October 2022
If you plan to attend a festival or an outdoor event like Fall in the Field with vendors, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Check the weather before you go and be sure to stay well hydrated while you’re shopping.
- Pack healthy snacks as you never know what food options will be available.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you’ll likely be walking a lot.
- Sun protection is key so don’t forget to apply sunscreen.
- Remember to pack tissues, hand sanitizer, flushable wipes, and moist towelettes as sometimes portable potties are your only bathroom option.
- Make sure you travel with a market tote, bag, or wagon that will be comfortable yet sturdy enough to hold your treasures.
- Be sure to pack newspaper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap for small items and blankets to protect larger items.
- Keep in mind, cash is king! While there might be several vendors that accept credit cards, for the most part, they still prefer cash.
This time of year is such a busy one for us and we know it is for so many of you too!
Sometimes it can feel like there are a hundred different things competing for our attention at any given moment. That’s why planning in advance for seasonal festivals, and outdoor events like Fall in the Field is so important.
Don’t miss all the fun Fall has to offer because you’re too busy to pencil in your favorite activities from apple picking to watching the leaves change to attending craft festivals.
There will never be a better time to make memories than right now!
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