Lena Jumper says her farm is a place where she can watch families at peace.
Lena, who recently moved to the area with her husband, Shane, worked as a first responder near Chicago, Illinois. After a career of helping people on their worst days, Lena has been working—building a place for people to have their best days.
"When I was in the fire department, I saw people's worst days. The absolute worst days that people have, that's why we were there. Now, my goal is to see people at peace, having fun, and making memories with their families. […] Just to get outside, you know, something that people can come and have a great day and go home and say it was fun. It was different," said Jumper.
She created a U-Pick farm called Elle's Flower Farm on a 14-acre property outside of Salem on County Road 5170. "It's a U-Pick flower farm, and I know there are a few in Missouri. Not too many within the 50 miles of us; my flowers are probably on an acre, might be a full acre," said Jumper.
The farm features several varieties of flowers that Lena cultivated. She charges $15 for a 22-ounce cup, which patrons can fill with flowers they cut.
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