Buckley’s Homestead Supply is Growing

Have you been to Buckley’s Homestead Supply lately?

We all get a little excited when we go in there.

We all get a little excited when we go in there.

If you haven’t been there for a class or to pick up chicken feed recently, I recommend stopping by.

Stop by, but maybe without your wallet.  Somehow, I always end up with some fabulous article I didn't mean to buy when I went in.  Here is Exhibit A, a 5 quart cast iron dutch oven that recently became part of my kitchen.

Stop by, but maybe without your wallet. Somehow, I always end up with some coveted article I didn’t mean to buy when I went in. Here is Exhibit A, a 5 quart cast iron dutch oven that  became part of my kitchen when I attended a bee class in the store on Saturday.

You’ll remember from the last article that Buckley’s is owned by Ed and Allison Buckley.  Their story always reminds me of the classic immigrant story, except that they’re not immigrants.  I think Ed is from the east coast and Allison might even be a native of Colorado.  Ed works nights for a local dairy and Allison is a teacher.  They run their old-fashioned-looking store and their homestead as a team.  When you go into the store, you can imagine them living above it.

They don’t actually live there, but imagining that they do adds to the homespun atmosphere.

So does this array of cast iron pans.  I tell you, someday I will own them all!

So does this array of cast iron pans. I tell you, someday I will own them all!

Ed and Allison started the store simply because they saw a need and an opportunity.  Allison explains how they got to wondering why there were no feed stores on the west side, even though that’s where most of urban chickens in this town live.

Here is an incubator hatching more west side chickens!  Donna La Chey of Hillbilly Farms is teaching a chick hatching class there soon.

Here is an incubator hatching more west side chickens! Donna La Chey of Hillbilly Farms is teaching a chick hatching class there on Feb. 8, 2014.

The store is growing every month.  Allison attributes this to word of mouth and the fact that they are always bringing in new kinds of merchandise.

“I want to know what you want in this store,” she says.  And this curiousity has served them well.  They learn about all sorts of homesteading skills and supplies when people come in looking for them.

Soapmaking has become a very popular activity and Buckley's carries everything from essential oils to natural powders for color.

Soapmaking has become a very popular activity and Buckley’s carries everything from essential oils to natural powders for color.

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Here are some examples of those colorants … Beet Root Powder, Indigo Powder and Tomato Powder.

They also have silicon and plastic molds.  This is my favorite.

They also have silicon and plastic molds. This is my favorite.

Fermenting has also picked up in popularity.  Here is a three gallon fermenting crock standing next to a ten gallon fermenting crock.  That's a lot of pickles!

Fermenting has also picked up in popularity. Here is a three gallon fermenting crock standing next to a ten gallon fermenting crock. That’s a lot of pickles!

Buckley’s hosts classes where you can learn homesteading skills.  Visit their website for a schedule of classes or stop in and check out the board.  You can buy some chicken or goat feed while you’re there and they’ll carry it to your car for you!

But be careful.  If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ll come out with something else that you weren’t looking for when you went in.

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