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Roadside stands can be a major or secondary source of income for local farmers, and I wanted to share images here of some great ones for inspiration and ideas. I'll continue to add new ones here and there. Would love it if others show images of roadside stands you find impressive (even if it's your own if it's been successful!)  For starters, I love this roadside stand using an older flatbed farm vehicle.
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That's awesome! I would appreciate close shots of the produce and especially the signage (sell! sell! sell! but money for quality is a thing, and it's a good thing IMO, to be encouraged; this way lies a better world).

Also, any indication of eyes at the stands, painted, googly, anything with eyes? Some studies suggest this makes people considerably more honest at honour stands. Subconsciously, someone is watching!
 
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I have a couple more to add now that aren't great pics, but maybe barely decent enough for a few ideas and inspiration. Here's one from Inspiration Farm in WA State. I like their chalkboard!
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And a second far from perfect pic, but kind of shows how they use a roadside stand just to sell firewood along their road.
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Douglas, yes, hopefully I and others can get clearer close-ups. Signs ARE really important. And what an interesting idea about the eyes!
 
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Here's an attractive use of a mismatch of baskets. Pretty important to keep replenishing them so they look full enough while on display. Customers often aren't impressed by the appearance of a lack of abundance.
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Hi,  A bit off topic. Well, I've seen a lot of roadside stands made of wagons, shacks, tables with canopies... But this one floored me. The farmer made his own market, (he doesn't sell meet) but wow what an idea. A roadside market. Complete with parking lot and shopping carts. And he is always busy. Wonder if this kind of idea can be permierized?

https://www.billsfarmmarket.com/  
 
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Arthur, sounds interesting. Can you post a photo here?
 
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Here's one with roundwood construction
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A friends, unfortunately they don't have the best drive to drive in or out of but the stand is amazing.

And mine, a lot less fancy but better placed so it attracts more visitors.


The difference I think in success between our two stands lies in first what we sell, I sell 2-300kg of strawberries which are a big draw, and then the other main reason is my stand is visible from the road as you approach for about 250-300m in each direction and has an obviously open area you can stop in which is in front of a barn (so not someone's house) theirs is up a quite tight and well hidden drive, Their signs look similar to mine and my produce is no better than theirs.

 
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Mike, that is really attractive. Looks like they use a dry erase board. What a great looking roof line.
 
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A friends, unfortunately they don't have the best drive to drive in or out of but the stand is amazing.

And mine, a lot less fancy but better placed so it attracts more visitors.


The difference I think in success between our two stands lies in first what we sell, I sell 2-300kg of strawberries which are a big draw, and then the other main reason is my stand is visible from the road as you approach for about 250-300m in each direction and has an obviously open area you can stop in which is in front of a barn (so not someone's house) theirs is up a quite tight and well hidden drive, Their signs look similar to mine and my produce is no better than theirs.



That wagon is beautiful! I love yours, also. And I think you're exactly right about the great location yours is in. I know sometimes I'll see a sign on the road pointing to a driveway that leads to a roadside stand... but I can't see the stand itself from the road. Instead you have to turn down a narrow winding long drive and who knows what you'll find when you get there. Makes me hesitant. Maybe local print ads with a pretty photo of their roadside stand would help. People might even like to see it just for the novelty once they know its there, then buy once they get there. Or a press release to the local newspaper.
 
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Hi, Sorry i don't know how to add pictures. The market started as their 2 car garage, then they added a one car garage to it, then they added a large canvas canopy to the front. They also learned to import items they do not grow.  What if a permie community had a single place to have their own market, on a road that gets a lot of traffic? Kind of like a full time farmers market.  They also sell specialty items like flowers, wreathes and Christmas trees. Their cedar wreath I bought last year was still green in late may. Check out the link at the bottom and I bet some people could come together and create a fabulous permie market.

Sorry didn't mean to be preachy. I just thought it might work as an income stream. I spoke with some family members and know they run in the black. I also know the produce goes to local restaurants.  Yes it took a couple of years to get the word out but they kept rowing.

https://www.billsfarmmarket.com/
 
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Here's a clean and simple produce display.
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Arthur Angaran wrote:Hi, Sorry i don't know how to add pictures.

https://www.billsfarmmarket.com/



Arthur, I checked out the webpage you posted and, yeah, it's loaded with good ideas. I went straight to their "Gallery" link and found this one:

 
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J. Adams wrote:Roadside stands can be a major or secondary source of income for local farmers, and I wanted to share images here of some great ones for inspiration and ideas. I'll continue to add new ones here and there. Would love it if others show images of roadside stands you find impressive (even if it's your own if it's been successful!)  For starters, I love this roadside stand using an older flatbed farm vehicle.



This is a brilliant idea for a thread.
 
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Michael Helmersson wrote:

Arthur Angaran wrote:Hi, Sorry i don't know how to add pictures.



Arthur, I checked out the webpage you posted and, yeah, it's loaded with good ideas. I went straight to their "Gallery" link and found this one:



Michael, thanks for doing that! The tractor and wagon are very attractive.
 
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This little stand returns season after season to sell flower bouquets. There's wide enough room for cars to pull over completely on the shoulder of the road.
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Arthur Angaran wrote:What if a permie community had a single place to have their own market, on a road that gets a lot of traffic? Kind of like a full time farmers market.



We have something of the sort near where I live. The market will make jellies and pickles out of the produce they’re selling as well to bring variety to the market.

It’s a permanent stand that used to be open daily before covid, now their hours are less but still open frequently :)

They also have a tamale and bread production going on as well! It’s been such a big success the owner is expanding to get a full kitchen put in.

It’s not only off a high traffic road but also is in a tourist area too.

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Roadside stands are not very common here. But they appear more and more. In some provinces more than in other. Especially in the province Overijssel (to the south from where I live) I saw more of them than here in my surroundings. There's an organisation in the Netherlands especially to promote buying the products of roadside stands while doing a bicycle tour. It's called 'Fietsen Voor Mijn Eten' (Bike-riding For My Food). This is the website, of course it's in Dutch: https://fietsenvoormijneten.nl/

In general the stands are not at real farms, but from 'hobbyists', people who like making jam (of wild fruits, or from their berry bushes) or who have some more eggs of their chickens than they can eat themselves, or some more vegetables from their garden.

One of the closest-by roadside stands is this one, where Marjolein sells her (natural) colourful eggs, her chickens are of mixed races.
 
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Roadside honour stands selling produce, eggs, flowers and crafts are a big thing here, although sadly I've heard of several closing during the past year as thefts have become worse. In some cases not just thefts of produce but even unbolting and making off with the cash box.

There are lots of beautifully built artistic constructions of cob, roundwood, etc., and next time I'm out and about, I will try to take some photos to post.

This one, though, will always be one of my favourites.

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Those eyes are watching!!! Will folks be more honest? Surely!!!
 
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I seem to have an affinity for mismatched rustic containers. As mentioned before, though, they usually look best if kept full during sales hours.
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J. Adams wrote:I seem to have an affinity for mismatched rustic containers. As mentioned before, though, they usually look best if kept full during sales hours.

If you can't keep them full, maybe have a selection under the counter so you can keep downsizing as things get sold?
 
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Jay Angler wrote:

J. Adams wrote:I seem to have an affinity for mismatched rustic containers. As mentioned before, though, they usually look best if kept full during sales hours.

If you can't keep them full, maybe have a selection under the counter so you can keep downsizing as things get sold?



That's a great idea, Jay, especially for farmers markets. For roadside stands, probably a little easier to refill since the stand is close to home.
 
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Here are a couple of free food stands from our members:



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Hint: click "Source" to see who's Cool Stands these are!


 
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Anne Miller wrote:Here are a couple of free food stands from our members:







Those are charming, Anne! Reminds of a project our local Transitions group is doing. Several areas around town, including our public library, have small stands for excess garden produce. People share or take a little. They're usually up all summer, maybe a bit into fall.
 
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This is a kind of classic roadside stand. Great for the tulip farm but also for veggies, herbs, other flowers, etc.
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These are all the same stand with different items for sale.  The link says it is The Windmill Farm of Gridley:


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Anne Miller wrote:These are all the same stand with different items for sale.  The link says it is The Windmill Farm of Gridley:




Anne, thanks SO much for this. Great to see one clever little roadside stand used in so many different ways.

 
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I still haven't managed to take any photos of the work-of-art farm stands in my neighbourhood. Seems every time I leave the property it's raining or my phone battery is dead.

However, I thought I would share this decidedly-not-a-work-of-art that I threw together today as a temporary farm stand. We got a wholesale order of bulbs for fall planting and are selling a bunch of them. Going forward, whenever we can buy plants or bulbs for our own plantings for less than retail price, we're buying extras to sell to cover the whole cost of the order. So we had pre-sold a bunch of garlic, elephant garlic, saffron and decorative allium bulbs, and needed a place for people to pick up their bagged orders. Most are prepaid by e-transfer before pickup but there were a few folks who wanted to pay cash at the time of pickup.

So what we've got here is a cooler to keep the bulbs dry and keep the deer and my neighbours free-ranging sheep from eating the bulbs, a locked cash box bolted to a counter which was all part of a farm stand i bought and dismantled last year, we will reconstruct one of the days at our new place, and the whole thing balanced on two lawn chairs. I put it outside my gate to keep my goats from messing with it and also reduce the chance they would sneak out past some unsuspecting stranger.  They greatly enjoy their occasional escapes through this gate.

I only expect to use this for a week or so and it seems to be doing the job so far. It's halfway up my driveway and not visible from the road so I'm not concerned that someone will walk off with the cash box and the counter it is attached to which is just balanced on the chairs. Once all the cash-paying customers have picked up, I will switch to one lawn chair plus cooler.
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Andrea, I love your simple roadside stand! While fun to show the artsy ones also, I hope many shown are DIY and simple so people without building and art skills can be inspired to sell their products in effective ways with what they already have around the house. Or even if they have those skills, they still know putting something up quickly before making a more elaborate one can work well. This is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Months ago (!) I promised some photos of farm stands in my area. These are all within 5-10 minutes of my house. It's always been a place with lots of produce and craft stands and some new ones popped up this year with so many people staying home. The photos were taken in the fall so not all stands were still stocked, sorry.
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Andrea, these are wonderful. Thanks so much.
 
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You're welcome. It's fun to look at these with fresh eyes. Sorry about the quality of the photos with my ancient phone.
I wanted to mention the roof on the second one, the one with the refrigerator, is made out of an old-style large satellite dish. It's a particularly bad photo even for me but I think you can see how they did it.
 
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Loving all these ideas! Has anyone seen/have ideas for a sturdy looking stand that could easily be brought in with a tractor/mower on the off season?
 
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Driving through Iowa we sometimes came upon an Amish buggy and mule set up to sell hand woven baskets, sometimes produce as well. These were usually tended by older children. I remember one in particular where a young girl in full Amish garb sat near the buggy reading a “bodice ripper “ novel. Ha. Sorry no picture.
 
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I’m not a market gardener, but I couldn’t help thinking about the pictures of Eliot Coleman’s trailer in his book, ‘The New Organic Grower’. They’re on page 177 in the 30th anniversary edition. Like everything he designs, it appears to be the ultimate in efficiency and utility.
 
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