December 30, 2008

Clay? Concrete? Brick?

Filed under: Restaurants and Commerce — lessie @ 5:38 pm

IMG_0047 by you.

I’ve lived in Anderson going on 9 years and went into Tractor Supply for the first time in October. At first glance it appears to be like any other hardware: a store I rarely enter and only when forced by leaking faucets. But, au contraire. Tractor Supply is fundamentally different. Magazines describing stock raising and victorian farm life sit on the racks near the check out. Pedal carts, winter overalls, boots — leather, plastic, mucking and riding — are for sale. The John Deere brand is as proliferate as the Harley Davidson logo at a bike rally. Saddles, bridles, goat feed, rabbit cages, and adorable t-shirts saying things like, “I love my *pink* tractor.” There is a lot of stuff at Tractor Supply I never knew I needed or wanted. Did I mention pedal carts? Or my own winch? The above picture brings back sentimental memories and maybe sums up why Tractor Supply is so special. I remember our gray roan, Pete, licking lovingly  the salt block at the edge of my family’s corral. Occassionally he would get impatient and bare his yellowish front teeth to bite into the salt block and the sound would make me grimace and laugh. For a moment I envied the guy at Tractor Supply loading two of these salt blocks into his cart. Before memories of much work and worry came flooding back. Farm folks are hardworking because they have to be. Animals depend on them. Big responsibility. Big rewards, I imagine.



  1. So that’s what a salt block looks like. I always imagined they’d be white!

    Comment by BelgradeDailyPhoto — December 30, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

  2. A toast to you and all the work you do for your CDP – Happy New Year!

    Comment by boise diva — December 31, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

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