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A bunch of farmers pooled their resources and made
Union Co-op. You could literally buy cat food and become a part of this
place! Co-ops have changed a lot. It used to be common for a farmer to
bring in his grain, mix it, and afterwards would take it home. Now they
just deliver it. They sell new things, like llama feed. But they still
sell old stuff, like horse feed, rabbit feed, and cow cream.
Back in the old days, a farmer's social time was when the grain was mixing.
It wouldn't be unusual to find shelled peanuts for farmers waiting there.
The Union Co-op is the only hardware store in Belleville,
so they have to take care of the basic necessities. They store grain and
corn in bins over the winter for farmers. Also, they make fertilizer.
You give them a recipe, and they put all the ingredients into a big mixing
tank and stir them together. Then it is bagged, weighed, and trucked off
to the farm. They also sell fertilizer at the store.
A co-op is a business that couldn't exist without
people's cooperation. Some farmers who needed a place to buy stuff decided
to start this co-op. It has things from udder balm (lotion for cow's udders)
to drench (a drink for cows who need minerals). It sells things like syringes,
too, because farmers are part-time vets.
The following animals can find feed here: pigs, birds, cows, rabbits