My favorite thing about buying feed at local feed stores was the difference in the atmosphere. I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about. The stores that the old men spend their days sitting in shooting the bull and when you walked in they knew you by your name. They asked you how your family is, how the animals are doing, and just were always nice and personable. They made coming into their feed store fun and memorable. You could walk in with any type of feed question and they wouldn't hesitate to answer. There was no question to small or big for them. They might have a store full of customers, but they just knew how to make everyone feel important. If you had a sick animal they knew exactly what you could give them to get them on their feet again.
They knew that sometimes times were tough and if you needed the feed, they wouldn't hesitate for you to take it. Those IOU's aren't something that most businesses would do, but the local feed stores normally trust their customers.
The local feed store owners love helping the FFA, 4-H, and Grange kids in their communities. They help them with any trouble they might be having with their animals, and support them when it comes times for donations and premiums. The proof they leave plastered on there windows and desks. You know, the pictures and thank you cards the kids send them. That is something they are all proud of.
The kids are usually more excited to go to the feed store than a grocery store. They love talking to the store owners and looking at the baby animals. As well as, seeing all of the neat animal products the store has. Hand a kid a rope, and they will be busy for hours roping anything and anyone.
Here are some local feed stores that Raised in a Barn readers submitted for this blog. They are separated by state.
Weatherford Farm Supply - Melbourne, Arkansas
Nipomo Feed and Ranch Supply - Nipomo, California
Golden Mill - Golden, Colorado
Monte Vista Co-op - Monte Vista, Colorado
Ranchway Feeds- Fort Collins, Colorado
Crossties Farm and Garden - Punta Gorda, Florida
Double D Feed - Meridian, Idaho
Matthews Feed and Grain - Matthews, Indiana
Valentines Feed - Portland, Indiana
Interstate Grain - Center Point, Iowa
Perry Milling - Perry, Kansas
Coopersville Hardware and Feed - Coopersville, Michigan
Heims Feeds - St.Cloud, Minnesota
Rhodes Feed - Bemidji, Minnesota
Tri-County - Como, Mississippi
Feed Store and More - Anderson, Missouri
North Valley Ag - Columbia Falls, Montana
Carley's Feed Mill - Owensville, Ohio
Detwiller Lumber - Pomeroy, Ohio
Miami Valley Feed and Grain - New Carlisle, Ohio
Reiterman Feed - Mt. Sterling, Ohio
Adams Ag Supply - McAlester, Oklahoma
Ag Choice - Chelsea, Oklahoma
B&L Feed Store - Jay, Oklahoma
Henson's Feed Store - Beggs, Oklahoma
Mid America Farm and Ranch - Talala, Oklahoma
NEO Feed Store - Miami, Oklahoma
Wynee's Feed Store - Newcastle, Oklahoma
Milk-E-Way Feed* Tack* Trucking LLC. - Coquille, Oregon
City Farmer - Rosenburg, Texas
HF&C - Wofforth, Texas
Pott's Feed - Quitman,Texas
Texas Feed Stop - Mont Belvieu, Texas
The Feed Store - Georgetown, Texas
Clearbrook Feed and Supply - Clearbrook, Virginia
Tri state feed - Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Corridor Co-op Country Store in Milford
If you are a feed store that made this list, you should know that your customers adore you. They all had some amazing stories to tell about each and everyone of you. Great job on helping the youth with their show animals and helping farmers and ranchers. You guys are the best!
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