Eck’s

I have commented before about the importance of feed stores to our local community. A fellow blogger at Wing and a Prayer Farm has also recognized this simple fact of rural life. Feed stores are sources of a great many things including feed, supplements, seed, fertilizer, fencing supplies, veterinary equipment and treatments, and tools. Few such places are franchised and although their venn diagrams overlap in terms of items and services for sale, each is unique and has a character all its own. I have observed that the proprietors themselves as well as the targeted demographic of the place defines the character of each establishment. Some cater to the owners of companion animals and sell pet food, collars and leashes, as well as doggie beds and catnip. In addition to these items other feed stores place an emphasis on horse feed and on a plethora of exotic feed supplements for show and competition horses. My favorite sort of mill caters to livestock and crop farmers. The last category in this taxonomy are places owned and operated by the Amish and these establishments have a flavor all their own. As one would imagine Amish mills stock items to serve the very particular needs of this very particular community. They carry most of what I have already mentioned plus supplies needed by those who live without electric lights and farm with draft. I have wanted to photograph the inside of our local mill and took the opportunity to do so yesterday when I happened to drop by for some grain. Business was slow so I casually asked if it would be alright if I took a few pictures. An active railroad passes just outside the back door of the establishment and its capacious feed room is the converted rail station. If one looks closely and has knowledge about such things vestiges of a previous incarnation may be reveled in the widows and sliding doorways. The image below shows a very small corner of the store illuminated by the late afternoon sun. It is composite HDR sequence which I hope conveys the feel of the character of this special place.

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