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All in the family
Sounds of chirping birds, barking puppies and meowing kittens fill the air around the red barn on the corner of Silverdale Way and Byron Street in Silverdale.
Farmland Pets & Feed is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The family owned and operated business opened in 1977 in Port Orchard, but quickly relocated to Silverdale.
This building has actually been a feed store since the 1940s, but weve been at it the longest, said Shannon Munro-Randall, manager of Farmland.
Munro-Randalls parents, Jack and Jeanne Munro, had a farm in Port Orchard when they decided to open a feed store. Cattle, pigs and chickens were just a few of the animals that called the Munro farm home.
I grew up with 7,000 chickens, Munro-Randall chuckled. Pretty much if its an animal, Ive had it.
Jack Munro worked in the feed store everyday, but after his daughter graduated from the University of Washington, she took over as manager.
Since I came back from business school, Dad now works two days a week instead of seven, Munro-Randall said.
Munro-Randall has been working in the store for more than 20 years and said organizing the 30th anniversary sale and event was a challenge.
This is a lot like planning a wedding, so many little things to coordinate, Munro-Randall said.
Farmland handed out goodie bags to the first 50 customers Saturday and served hot dogs and treats to celebrate the stores 30th year in business.
We had a lot of old time customers that stopped in to say hi, Munro-Randall said.
Farmland is having a sale that ends tomorrow. Various store merchandise is 10 to 30 percent off.
Farmland Pets & Feed sells a wide range of animals and products including dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, hamsters, fish and reptiles. They also sell horse tack, feed of all kinds, hay, yard fixtures, yard furniture and fencing materials.
Were a bit more diversified (than other feed stores), Munro-Randall said. (We have) a little bit of everything.
Munro-Randalls 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son have inherited the animal lover gene from their mother. Her daughter got her first pet when she was 2 1/2 years old.
We have animals coming out of our ears, Munro-Randall chuckled.
Munro-Randalls husband enjoys animals, but not as much as his wife and children.
Unfortunately for him, both our kids are super animal lovers, so theres no stopping it, she said.
Owners Jack and Jeanne Munro still come to the feed store every now and then. Jack works two days a week and Jeanne picks up puppies at the airport once a week.
They get to do more fun stuff now, Munro-Randall said with a smile. Theyve earned it.
The Munros still have their 30-acre property, but do not have 30 head of cattle and thousands of chickens like in the past.
Munro-Randall said she thinks her father will someday sell the family business to her, but for now, he enjoys staying active at the feed store.
Someday I imagine that hell sell it to me, but I think he likes to keep his toe in the water, she said.
As for the future of Farmland Pets & Feed, Munro-Randalls daughter says she would like to own her grandfathers business someday.
My daughter will tell you shes going to grow up and run Farmland, Munro-Randall said. Shell say, Im going to be mommy.
9000 Silverdale Way NE
9 a.m.-7 p.m
Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.