Roadside farm stands are always fun to visit. And not only are they the perfect place to find farm-fresh food, but they often have unique and special one-of-a-kind handmade items. One secret of farm stands is that they are often organic without the official label. There are plenty of reasons to visit roadside farm stands. One thing that everyone seems to love is the old-style method of payment. Stuffing your cash through a slot in the honor box takes you back to a simpler time.
We decorate our usual roadside stand so that it’s festive and fun. We sell several things we’ve put up throughout the season, along with a few specialty items we’ve made, as well as a couple of things we’re still harvesting. We decorate our stand with fir boughs, Christmas ornaments, and of course, twinkle lights. Putting together our farm stand is a labor of love!
Everyone loves our mimosa jelly, topped with a dried orange slice.
We decorated our salsa verde with pine cones and a little moss.
We also sell duck eggs from our free-range khaki brown ducks. We feed them organic feed, including our yummy table scraps. Their rich eggs are great for holiday baking.
We have satsuma candles lit to give off a soft orange light and a nice citrus scent.
We even sell rosemary sprigs for those not lucky enough to have rosemary growing in their garden or yard.
And we can’t forget about our feathered friends. These pine cone peanut butter bird seed feeders are a treat for the birds that don’t migrate in the winter. We’ll be sharing information about how to make them in a future blog post.
If you’re interested in selling on the roadside, there is a wealth of information available to help you get started. This paper has a great list of resources at the end. If you’re in Oregon, the Farm Direct FAQ provides answers to questions you may have about the laws related to selling in a roadside farm stand. Other states have similar rules; check with your local jurisdiction for more information.