The Landers met when she was 16 and he 20. Larry Landers was selling sweet corn from the back of a truck and she was his right-hand worker. After the couple married, Peggy went into the health care field and Larry into trucking. They raise three children in Madison Twp. before venturing into the produce business again.
“We wanted to see if we could work together every day and still stay married and in business,” she said.
It has worked out beyond their dreams. Last week the shop was closed for a few days while a new floor was installed and customers were distressed about the store closing.
“It took a little longer than expected … We had a lot of people wanting to know when we were going to open up,” Peggy Landers said.
Larry Landers is the produce “picker” and hauls in veggies and fruit year-round from regional location in the spring and summer and further locations in the dead of winter.
“Beginning about March or April through October we are really busy,” Peggy Landers said. “It slows down after the holidays when we have gift baskets. But really that is when we can talk with customers more, which we enjoy. Sometimes in the summer I feel bad because we can’t do that since we are so busy.”
But, Peggy Landers knows the business that has grown beyond their dreams is blessing.
“We owe it to our loyal customers who keep coming back,” she said.
What’s next for the store?
“Well you always have to have the next dream,” Peggy Landers said. “I would love to have a deli, where we could serve sandwiches, homemade potato salad and lunch items.”