e.b.Sprouts: Lyndon garden center now offers feed for livestock, chickens, pets

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e.b.Sprouts and Flowers is getting ready for spring planting, but now also offers Purina feeds and animal products.

It’s been pretty busy around e.b.Sprouts and Flowers over the past year, as owners Erika Bradshaw and David Middleton have been building Osage County’s newest full service garden center, greenhouse and floral shop. But answering their customers’ needs, the two are now expanding the Lyndon business to supply animal feed for all types of animals.

With spring planting season only a few months away, they’re getting ready to serve gardeners of all types with soils, amendments, bedding plants, and vegetable starts, but also have added the Purina line of animal products in the store.

checkerboardSupplying Purina products came in response to customers’ requests, David said, noting Osage County’s rural setting, with many people raising different kinds of animals as pets, for food, or livestock.

“Whatever our customers’ needs, we can get it,” David said. “If we don’t have it in stock at the store, we can have it delivered – as little as one bag or up to a pallet load. Whether you have chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, horses or cattle, we can serve you.”

Purina products will be supplied from a Topeka warehouse – even orders of a truckload can usually be delivered the next day. As part of e.b.Sprouts’ customer-oriented goals, delivery service is available for all products sold in the store, whether flowers and plants, gifts, garden supplies or animal feed or products.

The store’s animal products also include items such as livestock salt and mineral blocks, cracked corn for squirrels and deer, and bird seed for home feeding stations.

Also in response to customers’ needs, David said items kept on hand will be determined by requests and demand for specific products.

“We’ll rely on our customers to help us figure out what they want, and we’ll make sure to have it on hand,” he said. “But if we don’t have it, just ask.”

And while the two have been working on stocking the new animal and farm products, they also haven’t forgotten spring is coming. With construction of a second greenhouse at the store since it opened last spring, preparations are now underway to fill the greenhouses with vegetable and flower starts for spring planting.

“We’ll be planting all the favorite spring plants – vegetables, flowers, perennials and annuals,” Erika said. She said as the new store opened last spring their stock of plants was limited, but customers’ requests were noted.

“We have our ‘want list’ from customers last year and we’ve been working on finding sources for those items,” she said.

According to Erika, any plants not sprouted at e.b.Sprouts’ greenhouses will be from other commercial growers in the region to ensure plants will be suitable for the local climate.

The floral shop is also keeping the two busy as Erika is becoming known for her unique and creative flower arrangements.

“I try to make the arrangements thoughtful for each occasion,” Erika said.

As one of few sources of fresh cut flowers, arrangements and live plants in the area, e.b.Sprouts is now serving the floral needs for all occasions across Osage County.

“Valentine’s Day is coming up,” Erika reminds. “We also have flowers for prom, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and any other time you need flowers.”

Growing in popularity among customers are Erika’s live plant terrariums, which she has discovered is another way she can express her creativity.

Erika offers quick, efficient floral service. Delivery is available for flowers and all of the other unique gifts, home décor, and one-of-a-kind items at the store.

While Erika’s floral arrangements aren’t the cookie cutter types seen on flower company websites, all products offered at e.b.Sprouts can be purchased through their website, www.ebsprouts.com. In addition, Erika’s showcases her flower designs on the store’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ebsproutsandflowers/ along with other gifts and products, and helpful gardening tips.

Erika and David depend on cooperation with their customers to guide their business, but they’ve also extended that friendly cooperation to other local businesses, knowing that small businesses can help each other.

One example of that cooperation: e.b.Sprouts opened their parking lot during the spring and summer as a location for a farmers market and vendors. A great result was a partnership with R&M’s Smokin Meat Wagon, a mobile food truck and catering service operated by Russ Vest and MaryAnn VanValkenburg, Melvern. R&M’s Smokin Meat Wagon is now on location at e.b.Sprouts 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday to Monday. The Meat Wagon offers slow smoked pulled pork or brisket in sandwiches, tacos, nachos and more – pick up a convenient lunch or supper while picking up your garden or animal supplies at e.b.Sprouts!

So, yes, it’s been busy around e.b.Sprouts and Flowers during the past year, but David and Erika are never too busy for their customers. So whether you need horse feed, a quick unique gift, special flower arrangement, hanging basket, tomato plants, hydrangeas, vincas, or just to ask a garden question, stop in at e.b.Sprouts and Flowers, 520 Topeka Ave., Lyndon. Now open winter hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about products offered by e.b.Sprouts, call 785-828-4116, email [email protected], visit www.ebsprouts.com, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ebsproutsandflowers/.


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