Farmer. Wife. Mom. Daughter. Sister. Friend.
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 4 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 am adding a screen printing business to The Farm Store! For about 18 months I've been making apparel using vinyl and sublimation ink and haven't been entirely happy with the turnaround times or quality. The big leap to purchase a screen printing business from a local businesswoman took me a few months to push forward, but now that I have, I CANT WAIT to move forward! I love to design to this will allow me to work on designs, keep moving forward with the highest quality products as well as work with schools, businesses, and sports teams on fundraisers and online stores. This will greatly improve turnaround time as well, allowing me to make 10 shirts in the time it was taking me to make one before! Please get in touch with your logo, school, fundraiser, business needs, I would love to work with you!
I also took a long time this summer thinking about how to reduce turnaround time on the candles. For 4 years I've offered 34 scents in many, many containers, with 2 different types of wicks (over 300 options!). This offered customers the most flexibility when shopping, but made it so I can't keep inventory in stock (imagine having one of each option on hand).
Beginning November, 2022, the candles in stock on the site will be candles I've got made and ready to go. I've been busy the last few weeks working ahead to get things ready for the holidays. Scents will rotate seasonally and this will allow me to get orders out in 2-3 days, rather than 2-3 weeks! If you have a special request, please do get a hold of me, I would love to accommodate if there is a particular scent you still want for the holidays, but want to try to get quality products out to customers quickly and this is the best possible way to do that!
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!