When I stopped by our self serve apple wagon on Saturday, there was a van parked in the road, with eight Jr high girls milling around and a mom trying to take their picture.
The mom said to me….”So you’re the guy who always wished he could have had a lemonade stand when he was growing up?”
Her question took me off guard, then it dawned on me, she’d read the instruction sheet on the apple wagon:
This is a self-serve stand because…
- We trust you
- We’re busy
- Inside of me lives a little boy who always wished he could have had a lemonade stand.
We do spray so make sure you wash the apples before you eat them.
The apples are $1.50 a pound, just put them on the scale leave your $ inside the chicken.
There are plastic bags in the hanging dispenser if you need them.
Thank you for your business! DM’s Orchard
The wagon and how it’s run does several things for me. It is a social experiment…. I am convinced the majority of people today will live up to your trust in them if given a chance. And that trust is validated week in, week out, where I live, and has been for the past five years.
Second, I like to mess with peoples heads and challenge their ability to trust the next guy. Here’s how it works: When you buy apples off the wagon, you stick your money in an un-attended peanut butter jar, sitting inside a metal chicken 🙂
If you’re like me, you’ll probably think as you drop your money in the jar…
What about the next person ??? Can they be trusted to leave that $5 or $10, or even $20 bill alone when they stop? And the answer is most of the time yes.
Finally,while yes, we can most definitely use the income from the apple sales, at the end of the day, this is a hobby for me. This is a fun way for me to spread a little serendipitous joy in a world that is seriously in need of it. There is more to life than the almighty dollar.
Here is a picture of some Cortlands after going through the antique polisher equipped with horse hair polishing brushes that you will find on the wagon:
I didn’t know this until just last year. Apples naturally have a wax on them but due to the way commercial orchards process apples, many times that is removed and an artificial wax is reapplied.
I like to keep it simple.
Simple is good.