Jim Sánchez / Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – The phrase “busting at the seams” though it relates to out-growing one’s clothes, when it comes to Farmer’s Daughter Landscape and Garden Center, it too was “busting at the seams” meaning it had outgrown its location, 5433 Ben Ficklin Road in becoming overcrowded. 

After 22 years, Farmer’s Daughter owners: Tam, husband, Rick, and son, Wade, moved onto a 10-acre property that has 6,000 square feet compared to its previous 3,000 square footage. 

When Conexión sat down with Tam at their new location, moved to 4044 S. Bryant Blvd. last September, the move was necessitated as both landscaping business and furniture were overlapping into each other, thus the need for additional space.

“We outgrew our property, we needed more space; and we like to grow our own stuff," said Honaker.

Left-to-right: Tam Honaker, owner; Rebecca Martin, Tara Roberts and Diane Raschke .

 

Left-to-fight: 5-year-old, Garrett, grandson of Tam and 11-year-old, family member, Porter with Tam.

Tam, who grew up a farmer’s daughter, stated that is how the business name came about. Along the years, Tam and Rick grew not only the business to where it is today, but added their son, Wade, who graduated from college and is in charge of the commercial business; also Diane Raschke is their merchandiser, Rebecca Martin, is a designer with an architect degree, Robie Long, is in Human Resource as an accountant, Tara Roberts, is green house manager, Russell Carr, field supervisor and Freddie Martinez, is an irrigator.

Tam’s eight staff members are professional, personable and very passionate about their profession. Farmer’s Daughter’ business model is “Our mission is to make it a family center just as much as a garden center.”

That model plan comes from 32 years’ worth of wisdom, knowledge and experience. On their website, it states that the business is a full-service lawn and garden center with some of the following services:

• Landscape Design

• Irrigation Design & Installation

• Patios – we are an Authorized Dealer for Belgard & Pavestone 

• Complete Outdoor Kitchen & Room Designs

• Commercial Landscape & Design

• Xeriscaping

• Weed & Pest Management

• Outdoor Lighting

• Artificial Lawns

When business does slow down it occurs during the holidays. Farmer’s diversifies with installation of Christmas lights to customers in San Angelo and the surrounding areas: Stanton Robert Lee, Big Lake, Sonora, El Dorado, etc. Tam estimates under 200 customers are taken care when Farmer’s starts from October to December 10.

In concluding the interview, Tam, her family and Farmer’s Daughter will officially have their ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6 with Open House on Saturday, April 7. Then between April 7-13 is a week of specials on furniture. 

Farmer’s Daughter is located at 4044 S. Bryant Blvd; business hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and their phone number is 325-651-2665.

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