Bringing on the nostalgia

Posted on Aug 07 2022 in Jay County REMC
Farmland General Store
Farmland General Store owners Brad and Anita Clott with their daughters.

It’s no secret that things have been a bit tough for everyone lately. These tough times have left many of us longing for “the good old days.” 

For some of us, that means a simpler time that passed a little slower without the constant access to breaking news. The truth is that sometimes we need things to slow down to make sure it doesn’t pass us by. One such place exists in the heart of Farmland, just waiting for you to visit.

The Farmland General Store is a can’t-miss destination in Randolph County. Brad and Anita Clott took over as owners of the store in January after Brad decided his previous job wasn’t an option due to health concerns. “This is like an early retirement for me,” he remarked with such ease in his voice it honestly sounds more like a labor of love than work.

Inside the store is another clue as to why it seems like the Clotts enjoy their time at “work.” Half of the store is dedicated solely to candy. Jars of rainbow-colored rock candy line the shelves when you walk in, followed by a row of glass cases running the entire length of the left side that would make Willy Wonka jealous.

If bulk candy isn’t for you, turn to your right, and those shelves house candy you know and love, such as M&Ms and Reese’s. Or suppose you long for the candy that helps jog your memories from the past. The store has classic favorites you would have trouble finding anywhere else. There’s even a section dedicated to over 50 different types of coffee that can be ground or sold as whole beans.

But wait, there’s more. Even though the store isn’t prominent in square footage, the Clotts genuinely make the most of the space by filling each nook and cranny with unique products. The couple love to support other local businesses by working with these vendors to purchase this merchandise for resale. You might recognize local names like Sechler’s Pickles, Prairie Blossom Bee Farm, Debbie’s Handmade Soaps, Merrywood Candles, and Amish Country Popcorn.

With every corner, every shelf, every case, and every jarfull, you might never expect that there is room for more at the store. However, a single door on the candy side leads you into the second half of their store. The store doesn’t just sell “Candy & Stuff” as the lettering on their front window might suggest. On the other side of the building, they have dedicated the space to plants and flowers from their greenhouse, antiques, and many other items you didn’t know you needed. 

The future is blossoming for this little general store. Literally. Anita said, “We would love to add another greenhouse.” Based on customer response to their gardening plants and flowers, it sounds like a real possibility as they continue to grow their business.

It’s important to the Clotts that you know when you enter the Farmland General Store, they will greet you with a smile and that small-town feel. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for updates. Better yet, let time slow down and visit in person at the Farmland General Store, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.