Business in Tecumseh proves you can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl

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TECUMSEH, OKLAHOMA -- Some call it baggage.

Linda Praytor calls the lessons she took from growing up a farm kid skills.

"My dad was a dairyman," says Linda Praytor. "I grew up a dairyman's child."

"I try to concentrate on the farm life, the simple life."

She and her sister learned to cook for the family so she knows how to check a table.

She helped her dad milk cows every day so she knows how to work.

"A farm child knows a wealth of responsibility by having to get up early in the morning," Linda argues

At the Farmer's Daughter Market, Praytor's upbringing comes through everywhere you look.

The milk cans from the family dairy are still here.

A set of old bed springs serving as a wall separator came from her parents' farm.

The hand washing station is her grandmother's old bathtub.

"I used to take baths in there," she chuckles.

Separating wants and needs, Linda knew her hometown needed to generate sales tax revenue.

She knew the people needed a place to eat at lunch.

Praytor says, "So I started to think about it and it just grew and grew,"

She is a retired nurse so the place is neat as a pin, but organized in a different way.

She has her kitchen and café in one part of the building.

Here too, is a bakery business, the Kalico Kitchen, a gift shop, and a little grocery, takeout too that sells her preserves, breads, even fresh eggs.

Standing next to the takeout cooler Linda points out, "Free range eggs and pasture raised eggs."

In the past year and a half since it opened the Farmer's Daughter has become everything Tecumseh needed and wanted.

Linda even bought up the old rent house next door for room to sell more of her hometown's memories.

In the old kitchen Prater sees, "A lot of things I've used and that I saw my mother use."

People from all over the state come for Linda's fresh salads, or the twice a week barbecue.

That's the key.

If they stay a little longer it's because something else stirs more than just their taste buds.

The farm life is still alive in our memories and in places like this that know how to bring those memories back to the table.

The Farmer's Daughter Marketplace is open Tuesday thru Saturday.

For more information on the businesses inside go to or look them up on facebook.

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