RFD-TV’s weekly show “On the Road with Noble Outfitters” has been traveling across the United States, visiting various farm and feed stores and talking about their past, present and future in the community. In this week’s episode of “On the Road with Noble Outfitters,” we visited Grange Co-Op in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Suzie Marsh greeted Dan Costa, Noble Outfitters CEO and “On the Road with Noble Outfitters” host. She has been working for Grange Co-Op for 26 years so she was the best person to talk about the store and all they have to offer. Grange Co-Op has everything for the farm, home, garden, and pets, from clothing to squirrel food. Their extensive garden center is just a cherry on top.
Noble Outfitters prides itself that each product they manufacture is designed with the direct involvement of horse professionals and enthusiasts. Their product development process is unique and forward-thinking; taking the time to meet with all horse enthusiasts from professional to leisure riders, to shop owners and regional distributors, to ask them what they’d like to see in the future of the equestrian world. One of such meeting was held at the Grange Co-Op and we briefly visited to see what new Spring 2018 products they’re discussing.
Dan then talked to CEO Barry Robino and Grange Co-Op Grants Pass Store Manager Norm Rush. They revealed that the history of the company goes back to 1934 and it’s a true American success story! After the Great Depression, 99 farmers from the local area got together and put together $10 to create a co-op. More than 80 years later, Grange Co-op has grown quite a bit, including eight retail stores in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Coos counties as well as a Fertilizer Plant and Certified Organic Grain Elevator, both in Central Point, and a CFN Fueling Station in Medford.
Karen Amarotico from A Pie a Day Giveaway blog brought a delicious Pear Almond Tart for the Recipe of the Week segment. It’s a wonderful thing to give food and Karen decided to express gratitude to friends, family and the universe with a year of pie donations. The Pear Almond Tart was homage to Oregon since pears are Oregon’s official State Fruit, plus she used only local ingredients to create this wonderful dessert. Find the recipe including crust HERE.
Noble Child of Tomorrow was 10-year–old Josie North. She is busy showing goats and growing vegetables and she proudly presented all her ribbons she won for her chocolate chip cookies, table settings, vegetables and of course goats. When she grows up she wants to be the first female president! For her dedication and motivation to work hard at such a young age, Dan gave Josie a crisp $100 bill to start a savings account.
Dan loved visiting Grange Co-Op so much that at the end he almost became an employee! But did he really? Watch the full episode below to find out!