We’ve spent the past few days working on the Farm Stand. Wait til you see how beautiful it is! I’ll give you a little history first.
We got this amazing hay feeder from our neighbor to the south.
She bought it 20 years ago from another farm nearby and used it for her horses and llamas. It can hold 12 bales of hay in the enclosed part and, I’d say, at least one or two bales in the feeder part. The horses have been gone for a while and the llamas have been gone for a couple of years, and we could the hay feeder was sitting in the field and used for storage.
We had a cool plan for our farm stand. We bought a pickup truck bed turned trailer, and Carson was going to build a little building on top – like this:
Isn’t that cute??!!
Carson’s been busy with work, and it’s spring and there are a million chores to do here, and we’re all busy making and growing for our market on April 27th. Carson just wasn’t going to have time to get it done in time for the Market, which is when we were hoping to introduce the farm stand.
Our neighbor across the street, BriAnn, got to work and made a super cute one we could use in the meantime. Look at this:
I’m so amazed at the things that my friends are able to make! This was going to be amazing as our temporary farm stand, and then even better as her potting table! 🙂
But, one day, Carson said, “you know what would make a good farm stand? Debbie’s Hay Feeder”. So the next time I saw Debbie, I told her that, really, just sharing the idea, just thinking that SHE could make it a farm stand someday. She said, Okay, lets do it!! She said we could use it, “if and until” she needed it. And two days later, her sister and brother-in-law hooked it up to his truck and brought it over.
Here it comes!
And just like that, it’s here!
A few days later, we decided to move it closer to the road so that it was more visible to passersby, and created more of a turnaround on our property for people to drive in and out.
That was a bigger job than we thought because the front axle wasn’t cooperating. First Carson tried to use his truck to move it, but it wasn’t working.
He called in the crew! Our neighbor to the north, Jim, and our new friend Mike, jumped in to help with ideas and help. Plus, Old Blue (our tractor)!
And…. done! 🙂
I spent a couple of weeks thinking about it and looking at pictures and talking to BriAnn and a few other friends trying to figure out what we needed to do. We decided a coat of paint would make it look clean and fresh and make it stand out more from the road.
Becca and I painted it in two hours one afternoon – just BEFORE the rain hit. Luckily we got it all painted, and it dried quickly. And BriAnn made the cutest signs you’ve ever seen, and put shelves in where the feeder is so we can put veggies and flowers on the shelf and they’ll be easily accessible.
Are you ready to see it all done?
Let’s first look at the before pics…
OK… ready for after?
Here’s one with cute Homestead Kids and Homestad Childcare kids!
Isn’t it the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!?
Doesn’t it make you want to buy some veggies, fruits and flowers??!! 🙂