I so admire people like these, who go their own way avoiding and ignoring the “big” store mentality, dedicated much more to the spirit of the land they live on and the people who live there:

“Homestead Country Store is a small, privately owned country store, featuring natural home raised: Beef steaks, roasts, and hamburger; Pork ribs, bacon, sausage and roasts; Chicken and eggs. All locally raised, the “Old Fashioned” way. We are discretely tucked away on the ranch of HayKnot Cattle Co. Located just 8 miles southwest of North Platte, Nebraska.”
Please visit and support folks like this, we need more like them in our country. Even if you are just passing through the North Platte area on store days, or call to make an appointment, take the time to detour a bit and meet folks who simply “tell it like it is:”

“Our Parents and Grandparents taught us to live a simpler but more fulfilling life, they taught us to spend less than we make, take care of and be happy with what we’ve been given, respect the land and livestock and always be thankful. We love this life, and we’re raising our kids to do the same.”
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Educate yourself a bit by visiting their website: HomeStead Store Web Site

Woodrow (Woody) Harper

Woodrow Harper lives in Sarben (Keith County), Nebraska. He used to make his living flying airplanes, and has traveled the world. Now he hides out from the popular culture (as best he can) in the valley of the North Platte river as it flows through the Sandhills. An avid reader, he enjoys the quiet and tranquility of his location. He has a JD degree. He has lived in Germany, England and Saudi Arabia.


  1. Meredith Fuller November 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm -

    Really appreciate this entry, Woodrow. The Real Nebraska Way, and will definitely go by this store when in N Platte area. Live in Omaha and regularly drive to Denver family . . . and Colorado friends.
    Yes, people who are now doing farm to table, doing more things the ‘sustaonable’ way, are generally returning to older practices of a couple generations ago or less–with some new awareness of how other models have not been so good for the family farm, or the lands we love.

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