Maybe you’ve idled by The Farmer’s Wife after stopping by the Old Town Temecula Starbucks for a latte. Or, perhaps you’ve heard friends or neighbors mention this “Anthropologie”-style shop in the heart of Chaparral Shopping Center, located at Old Town Front Street.
The store is country-craft meets shabby chic, and every time you walk inside, inhale the heady spicy aromas of soaps, candles, and potpourri, chances are you’ll experience something new.
Here’s how The Farmer’s Wife mother/daughter team of Pat Roberts and Adriane Knaack strive each season to bring something unique to their regular customers:
Q: Aside from being close to family, what is your favorite part about living and working in Temecula?
A: Both of us agree, that we love the family community here. Our family, friends, and church is here. We provide a unique shopping experience (at The Farmer’s Wife) and encourage our town to support all of the “small stores” in Old Town.
Q: Where do you find your merchandise?
A: Our merchandise ranges from local artisans to other countries. We also find items at trade shows from all over.
Q: Windmills are everywhere in your shop, as well as embedded in your logo. Why windmills?
A: Windmills represent farm life. Huge pieces of metal moving and generating power by the force of the wind. Usually, out in a field or next to an old farmhouse. There’s something so magnificent about the metal, and the rustic, weathered appearance.
Q: You spent time in North Carolina renovating an old house. What was the most challenging and rewarding aspect of tackling a job that size?
A: Being in a new town and state, not knowing anyone and being away from family—those were the most difficult parts of the renovation. The rewarding part was restoring the 200-plus year home, and restoring and saving a piece of our history. We met some wonderful people along the way.
Q: Working with family must have benefits— what is the best thing about working with your daughter?
A: Loyalty. That’s the best thing. You can trust and depend on family to do what others won’t do. The tough part is, you can never fire each other.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that your shop-visitors might be surprised to learn about you or your daughter.
A: Adriane is an emergency room nurse at our local Loma Linda University Hospital Murrieta. And, that lovingly restored 200-year-old farm house in North Carolina? It was sold to a famous author who shall remain nameless.
The Farmer’s Wife is located at 28459 Old Town Front Street in Temecula,
Call 951-506-1606 with questions or to learn more.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.