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Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! Though summer vacations are not an option for many due to COVID, crops, and harvest, you can still have fun. Need some fun ideas, though? Don’t worry. We created a Summer Bucket List with some great ideas that are budget-friendly, summer-themed, and, most of all, fun!   

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  • Bale Hay  
  • Picnic in the back of the Gator  
  • Drive the tractor to DQ to get ice cream  
  • Make ice cream  
  • Go fishing on the lake or bay  
  • Float the Frio  
  • Catch fireflies  
  • Spend the weekend at the hunting camp  
  • Shell Corn  
  • Movie night with the movie projected on the barn  
  • Plant a summer garden  
  • Shooting cans off the fence post with BB Guns  
  • Watermelon on the porch  
  • BBQ Anything  
  • Go swimming in the pond or lake  
  • Run through the sprinklers  
  • Neighborhood Cornhole or Washers tournament  
  • Bake a cake or cookies for the kids with the kids and share with your neighbors  
  • Make a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons  
  • Grab some sacks from the mill and have sack races  
  • Go on a snipe hunt with flashlights  
  • Try a new IPA beer  

 

 

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You don’t have to complete all of these, but let us know which ones you want to cross off. Or tell us what you would add to the bucket list in the comments below!   

Feature Friday – Ralph Seidel

Headshots_Bios_2018 (10 of 13)Name:  Ralph Seidel
Store: Victoria
Title: Transportation and Small Ag Set-Up Manager

Have you ever had a piece of equipment from Shoppa’s delivered? If so, it is all thanks to Ralph Seidel. As the Transportation and Small Ag Set Up Manager, Ralph is in charge of making sure all small ag equipment is ready for sale, all 8 locations are fully stocked, and that all sold equipment is delivered. Ralph has 15+ years of experience working with Shoppa’s, and some remember him as the Store Manager for our Bay City store before moving to Victoria. When he is not the “make it happen” guy, Ralph loves to spend time with family and work on the farm. He is a die-hard Texas Aggie fan, loves Crown Royal, poppy seed kolaches, and Minions. But not necessarily in that order.

Feature Friday – Gerard Solano

photo_MeName: Gerard Solano
Store: Beaumont
Title: Salesman

Gerard Solano started working for Bank Equipment as a Field Service Technician 29 years ago. With his experience as a technician, Gerard has been able to serve customers and represent Shoppa’s as a salesman for the past five years. Gerard is a highly skilled individual that loves the environment of working with equipment and people. When not helping customers, Gerard is spending time with family, working on projects and enjoying the great outdoors.

National Farmer’s Market Week

National Farmer’s Market week is August 7-13th. This designated time is to celebrate and bring awareness to farmers, ranchers and businesses related to local agriculture. Why are farmer’s markets so popular when your local grocery stores offer a wide variety of similar products in one place? The attraction of going to a farmer’s markets goes beyond just an offering of produce. Most markets include items like baked goods, fresh eggs, soaps and canned goods such as jams and pickles. Farmer’s markets offer the consumer a wide variety of products that families, farms, ranches, and businesses bring. Farmers markets are a big part of the history of the United States. Your local farmer’s markets offer a glimpse into the past. Demonstrating just how rural commerce was done since trade began between the Puritans and the Indians.  

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So why not try one out? Here are 4 reasons why you should go to your local farmer’s market every chance you get! 

  1. Supports local economy and farming and ranching families: When you shop at farmer’s markets, you are supporting local families, farms, ranches and businesses, in addition to boosting your local economy. Shopping local is a great way to meet area producers who can provide products to your family all year long. 
  2. Fresh and seasonal: Fresh just taste better. So, while walking around a farmer’s market, you can see all the fresh, seasonal possibilities for snacks or dinner. 
  3. An affordable variety: At farmer’s markets, many booths offer the same types of products. If you like to bargain shop this allows you to find comparable fruits and vegetables for the best price.  
  4. Social: Local farmer’s markets can be fun and social. You can make it a fun trip for the family. Make it an educational trip for the kids by talking to the vendors about how they grow or produce their products. Most are happy and excited to share in the process. Once you purchase something, have your kids taste it! You can’t do that at the local store! The kids will remember that experience for a lifetime. 

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Though the reasons to shop at a farmer’s market are convincing, you may wonder where you will be able to find one near you. Here is a list of just a few of the local farmer’s markets.  

Local markets: 

If you live in or very close to the city of Houston, check out these:

 

So, get outside and go to your local farmer’s market this weekend! Not only will you be supporting your local economy, but it will also be fun!

5 Reasons to Shop at Shoppa’s

Ok we will be honest; you are probably tired of seeing these “why you should shop with us” blogs and marketing taglines; it’s cliché. But sometimes though, they can be super beneficial for someone who is new to the area, new to a life-style or is in the need for a specific product. That is why we are giving you 5 great reasons to “shop at Shoppa’s”.

  1. Family Owned – The Shoppa family opened their first store in Bay City in 1982. Thirty –five years later, Shoppa’s Farm Supply has grown to 8 stores locations while still being family owned and operated (our employees are family too!).
  2. We are local – Local employees in a local business supplying superior products to our local communities and customers. What more could you want?
  3. We are here for you – Shoppa’s is always there for you, our customer. Whether it is our friendly parts and service departments or our on-sight services, we want you get back to doing what you love, driving a John Deere. Parts counter
  4. We support you and the community – Since we are local and always there for you, why shouldn’t we support our communities? Shoppa’s sponsors all types of events from the Houston Livestock Stock Show and Rodeo, the Crosby Fair and Rodeo, the Danny Dietz Memorial event and many others. But, it’s not just the community we support; it’s the kids as well. Buying  4-H and FFA projects at local county fairs to our 10K for FFA, a fundraising event for all FFA chapters in our areas; Shoppa’s wants to support our kids because they are the future.Officers  file-1
  5. We sell only the highest quality equipment and products – For 180 years, John Deere has been committed to producing the highest quality products for the agriculture industry. Whether you are a small ag business, large ag or an individual who just loves to take of their lawn, we want you to have only the best, American made products with a lifestyle all its own.Track in front of Beaumont sign

We have given you only 5 reasons why you should shop at Shoppa’s. There are so many more. Wait, you already shop at Shoppa’s? Tell us why you shop with us with a Google or Facebook review.  We appreciate all our customers and would enjoy reading your stories on how you put the best equipment in the world, John Deere, to work on your property.