Charlie Carter has called North Idaho home since 1992. Growing up, he was surrounded by dogs, chickens and rabbits, along with a variety of other animals, beginning a lifelong love of animals and wildlife. In addition, his grandfather owned the local feed store. After moving to the area, Charlie was looking for something that allowed him to draw from that childhood experience that he longed for. In September 1999, his dream came to fruition.
Quality Farm & Garden in Sandpoint had put their business up for sale. Charlie saw an opportunity to continue to support the farm and garden needs of the community and seized it. After purchasing Quality Farm & Garden, he renamed it Carter Country Farm & Feed. Following the success he and his business found in Sandpoint, Charlie saw the need for something similar in Bonners Ferry.
In 2014, Carter Country Farm & Feed opened its second location, and since day one, Charlie has enjoyed being able to help the community with all their farm, feed, garden and pet needs.
Carter Country cares a lot about their customers, both the human and the animal kind! According to Charlie, his goal each and every day is to meet the needs of the animal owners, wild-animal lovers and gardeners in Bonner and Boundary counties, ensuring that their customers’ pet and farm animal needs are met with the assurance of quality, fair pricing and a great selection.
“One of the key focus areas of our business is providing high-quality, fairly priced pet food. We make sure that the foods we sell are healthy, sourced from reliable and proven areas and backed up by the manufacturers,” Charlie says proudly. “NutriSource, Stella & Chewy and Nulo are three of our most relied upon brands. They offer our customers guarantees and opportunities of savings as well as in-depth information about their brands and ingredients.”
If you are raising pets, farm animals or providing for the wild animals, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. Want to try your hand at gardening or small-scale farming? You’ll find everything you need to get started from seeds, sprays, tools, fencing and more.
Once the winter snows melt, gardeners want to sink their fingers into the rich local soil. This makes spring the busiest season for both Carter Country stores as they offer plenty of seeds, plants and tree stock on hand. Be sure to stop in for their Spring Sale, which will be taking place Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. This is the perfect opportunity for shoppers to take advantage of great sales on all of their gardening needs. “As a way of saying ‘Thanks!’, we will be having our customer appreciation day celebration May 31 and June 1 in Bonners Ferry and on June 7 and 8 in Sandpoint,” says Charlie.
Carter Country Farm & Feed is more than a store providing the best to its customers; it proudly supports the efforts of youth involved in 4-H and FFA (or any other community effort that is educational), offering youth 10 percent off any product they need to complete a project. Charlie is nurturing future generations for a passion and love for animals, such as he had growing up—a passion that continues to this day.
When it comes to the success Charlie has found at Carter Country Farm & Feed, he credits it to his father and grandfather, and by following their lead. “My grandfather and father were examples of hard work, dedication and customer service. I believe my grandpa would be proud of where I am today.”
If you are looking for a locally owned business that will meet all of your farm, feed, garden and pet needs, look no further than Carter Country Farm & Feed. Both locations are open Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday, 8:30am to 4pm.
Carter Country Farm & Feed
6127 Main Street
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
357 South Olive Avenue
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864