Located in North Central, Iowa in a small town called Dike.
Welcome to The Farm Store! I started FSF in 2018 with a goal of having my own small business while working full time and farming with my husband. You all have blown me away with the support the last 5 years!
The Farm Store continues to grow and evolve as I welcome new visions for the business. I'm a very forward motion moving person, I have very little patience for sitting still or waiting for someone else to finish a project (just ask my husband) and my mind is always working to come up with new creative ways to incorporate my love for agriculture into the business.
In 2022 I added a screen printing business to The Farm Store! This was a "jump in and learn" major undertaking for me and I have learned an incredible amount in the last year! I never charge design fees, have low minimums compared to larger companies and would love to work with you to create the perfect designs. Please get in touch with your logo, school, fundraiser, business needs, I would love to work with you!
With the uptick in screenprinting, candles have become a smaller focus of The Farm Store. I am a one person team and learning how to use my new equipment and keeping up with those orders has taken priority. Candles will now be seasonally available and only be what I've got made and ready to go - I will continue to replenish supply as quickly as possible. Christmas candles drop November 26th and I can't wait for you to see the new scents I've come up with!
Please continue to check back to the "Our Farm" tab for pictures of the new shop, the storage and for on-farm shopping opportunities!
My name is Shari and I am a 4th Generation Iowa farmer with three beautiful children and a hard working husband. I grew up in Southwest Iowa on a Century hog and crop farm, met my husband at Iowa State, and moved to his hometown, Dike, Iowa to start the rest of our lives. We currently raise hogs, crop farm, Christmas tree and fruit tree farm, and both work off the farm jobs to support our dreams.
The Farm Store began with a love of agriculture and a passion for starting my own business. Each candle is crafted by me, in my home, with products researched and tried by myself and my family. My candles celebrate American agriculture and the farmers who provide us with so many choices.
I begin with a soy based wax, made with soybean oil produced by American farmers. The scents I use are based on agricultural products and the wonderful people who grow them. I chose to use a wooden wick not only for the wonderful crackling ambiance it provides customers, but also because of the renewable resources the company utilizes and their commitment to giving back to the community. I also offer a cotton wick, which is less maintenance than the wooden wick option, but burns beautifully.
The jars can be re-used or re-purposed long after the scent has burned out. I will also re-fill containers at a fraction of the cost! Each unique scent's label offers customers fact based information about farming and the commodity relevant to that scent. I hope that my customers will learn something new about agriculture, engage with local farmers and enjoy a beautifully packaged and scented candle.
I also donate a portion of the proceeds from my candles to an agricultural youth organization each year. As more generations are removed from on-farm experiences, I hope to educate and encourage kids to remain involved in agriculture, whether it is on the farm or through another industry.
The Farm Store celebrate all types of agriculture and as the seasons change, we will continue to add new scents centered around all of the wonderful food our farmers produce across the country.
I truly believe that no matter which food avenue you choose to purchase from and how you wish to have your food raised are choices uniquely made by each of us. I support all types of agriculture and strive to educate my customers about the way our food is made with facts, not fear. While our farm is a traditional Iowa Farm and we raise hogs, corn and soybeans, I also garden for my family and work daily with producers who grow with different methods. We celebrate American agriculture because we are blessed to have so many different methods to choose from and we have farmers to thank for that!