*Special Giveaway at the bottom!*
Business owners are busy people. Always something to get done, someone to call, somewhere to be. That’s why I was especially grateful when Heather Thelen, one of the owners of Hawthorne Country Store, took time to sit down to talk with me about her business. If you are local to North County you’ve probably heard of Hawthorne Country Store. Their main store is in the heart of Escondido along with a second location in Fallbrook.
To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure where my conversation with Heather was going to go. After all how much is there to talk about when it comes to animal supplies? But I was blown away, not only by her depth of knowledge, but by the evident passion behind their business. Hawthorne was established by Brian and Suzy Hawthorne, Heather, and husband Terry, more than 20 years ago. What started as a simple feed store has now become a community resource for animal care and the homesteading arts.
Heather shared that when they first opened the feed store, her area of expertise was limited to equine nutrition, but as the business grew, her family has broadened their knowledge to the various dietary needs of pretty much every type of pet and livestock animal! When customers come in, they’ll receive help in learning the basics of care for their horses or pets, but it doesn’t stop there. Hawthorne understands that each animal has unique needs, and each owner has specific goals they are working toward. The right feed ensures that not only basic dietary needs are met, but the particular goals of the owner are achieved as well. The same goes for chickens, dogs, cats, guinea pigs or wild birds. At Hawthorne you’ll be able to get help in all of those areas, and I’m sure a few more animals that I missed! They have an immense selection of brands and types of feed. There are 76 types of chicken feed alone! Another great thing to know is that they are cheaper than Chewy’s AND do free delivery throughout North County! Just give them a call to save money, have your pet food delivered, and support a local business.
The other major heart behind Hawthorne is their passion for the Homesteading Arts. What exactly are the homesteading arts? “Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing and craftwork for household use or sale.” To put it simply: grow and make your own stuff! Not many years ago these skills of gardening, cheesemaking, canning, fermentation, textile arts and more would have been necessary life skills for everyone. Modern-day conveniences are wonderful, but in just a few generations we have lost these practices. There is however a growing resurgence of people learning to cultivate and create for themselves. It is the experience of growing and preserving your own food, the unique tastes created, and the satisfaction of enjoying the (sometimes literal!) fruits of your labor. At Hawthorne, these skills are seen as worthwhile and valuable as the store serves as a resource to this growing community of urban homesteaders. That is accomplished in two key ways: product availability and education. They have a wide variety of supplies for many different crafts, including cheesemaking and home food preservation in addition to animal husbandry. More importantly, they offer classes to help pass on these skills. They have a new classroom available and have a variety of teachers who have honed their craft and are eager to pass along their knowledge. Check their website or facebook page for upcoming classes or stop by the store to get started learning a new skill!
Hawthorne Country Store is a gem in North County. I am so impressed with their passion, knowledge, and desire to serve as a resource to those in our country lifestyle community.
As a special treat for our Hawthorne Country Store fans, we are giving away a $25 gift card to Hawthorne's!