OF THE WEEK:
Coos Grange Supply
Carroll, Staff Writer
In 1934, a
group of Coos County farmers pooled their resources to get better
pricing for products they needed for their farms. In this way the Coos
Grange Supply was born. Since then the store has grown to be a go-to
resource for all things raised or petted. Everybody knows if you
can’t find it anywhere else, you can find it at Coos Grange
Supply- or they’ll get it for you.
The store is a co-op, owned by members of the community. While
everybody is welcome to shop at Coos Grange, there are benefits to
joining the co-op. The store returns its net margin, which is the total
income from all sources, minus expenses, to the members. The
customer’s dividend is based on their use of the cooperative.
There are currently over 7,500 members in the co-op, with approximately
4,000 active members. Some people have remained with Coos Grange Supply
since the 1940’s.
Ed Kreutzer, who has managed the store since 2000, likes that the
Grange is an education resource for the community. “We can
answer almost any question you have,” Ed says. “We
learn about all the products we sell, so if people come in and
don’t know what product to use, we can educate them on
Chris Brown, who has worked here 13 years, concurs. “Our
employees have experience in the garden, with pets, horses and farm
animals. We cross over in knowledge and skills. So, if the garden lady
is gone, somebody else can answer your questions about gardening. Our
people are a good resource.”
Kreutzer, manager at Coos Grange Supply, takes pride that the store and
the employees are an education resource for all things grown
or raised. (Photo by Lisa Carroll)
who appreciates growing their own food is happy to find Coos Grange
Supply well stocked with organic and natural garden
amendments. They carry a huge variety of seeds, as well
as seedlings, berry plants, fruit trees and shrubs.
You can also find garden tools or rubber boots to tromp
through the mud. “In the last 5 years, we’ve seen a
lot of new gardeners. People who once had flowers are now turning to
growing vegetables,” Ed tells me. Chris loves seeing the
thriving community gardens in our area. “They’re so
lush and beautiful. You can see the people out there working together.
What a stress reliever to get out and dig in the garden and see your
The movement towards healthier living also extends to our animals.
“People are starting to realize the importance of a healthy
diet for pets,” Chris tells me. “If we were to eat
junk food everyday, we’d be very unhealthy. Same is true of
animals. If you feed a poor grade food to your animal, it is going to
show.” In addition to quality pet food, the Grange can get
you anything you desire for your animal, from dried kangaroo to the
finest pizzles you’ll find anywhere. They sell animal
bedding, toys, and clothing, aas well as a large selection of
over-the-counter medicines and treatments for your pets, horses, and
there are chickens. “We’re getting a lot of people
wanting to raise their own eggs, even in town,” Ed shared.
“Chickens are a good way to get rid of scraps, fertilize the
soil in your garden, and take care of bugs. And of course, you
can’t beat a fresh egg.” Many people, especially
children, visit the Grange in the Spring to see all the cute, fluffy
chicks they have for sale. “I usually get the chicks in from
the first of March until June, but I can special order anytime-
chickens, ducks, geese, or swans,” Ed says.
Grange Supply has a natural, easy relationship with the community at
large. Leased and well mannered pets are welcome in their store, and
the Grange also hosts the Friends of Coos County Animals group each
week, who bring in cats or dogs looking for a "forever home".
Ed, who is
on the board of the Coos County Fair, told me that the Grange offers
several awards at the fair for the land products, and they also provide
feed for the poultry department. The Grange is also very supportive of
the 4-H Club, for whom Ed is a resource person. In fact Ed and his wife
have cooked the meal for the 4-H’s annual Spaghetti Feed
Auction for the past 25 years.
is also involved with the Christmas in October benefit ride, sponsored
by the Coos County Mounted Posse. All the money raised goes
towards providing food baskets and gifts for families at Christmas.
you are building a fence or small pond, starting a garden, feeding
birds or taking care of a horse, you can find what you need at Coos
Grange Supply. The store is located at 1085 S 2nd Street in Coos Bay.
Give them a call at 541-267-7051, or visit their website
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