Roadside fruit stands

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Who can resist this!
These little stands seem to pop up every where in the summer time
This one happens to belong to my neighbor Christine.
She sets it up every day with all of the wonderful ripe fruit she grows in her orchard.
100% organic and the sweetest I've tasted....she actually can thank her horse "Dot" for that, but that's another story
Depending on the month and what is really ripe; she sells lemons, tangelos and oranges, red grapefruit, figs,  plums and apricots
Her stand is alway decorated with little tea towels, 
tablecloths and baskets.... and a flower or two.
She even supplies little bags for you to take your fruit home in
It's an honor system stand and she actually makes a bit of money.  
How nice is it that people are still really honest these days.  
Most people that pass this stand are either on a walk or riding a bike or a horse!
 It's a great place to stop and chat or just enjoy the sunshine.  
On a little country road, pretty much in the middle of nowhere
Christine told me she makes enough from the stand to pay for two children to attend church camp.
She gives the money to a local charity/outreach program for at risk youth and they pick a child that might otherwise get into a bit of trouble during the long summer.
Christine does this every day and I am so happy to have her as a friend.
They next time you see a little stand like this...stop and grab an orange or two
Only 5 for a dollar!
And you never know, you might help to send a kid to camp too!

~kelley~

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19 comments:
  1. Wow does that look inviting ! I can't believe you can get 5 lemons for $1.00, amazing. I think they are almost $1.00 each around here.

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  2. This is the nicest fruit stand I've ever seen!

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  3. What a cute little fruit stand:) :)

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  4. hi kelley,

    we have a lot of people that do that here in redlands too. they actually have little wooden, semi-permanent stands made to match the front of their homes. also, some people just give it away. the other day there was a big box and big "free" sign full of oranges, lemons and avocados. but your friends little stand is the cutest i've seen yet.

    ~janet

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  5. I love the idea of the Honor System! We actually have an abundance of strawberries here in the winter and after the Annual Strawberry Festival there are farms that do honor system, UPICKS! I would love to get my hands on those lemons, though!

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  6. What an inviting fruit stand! We see some of these in the winter, when the orange crop comes in. But they're becoming more a thing of the past. At least we have farmer's markets all week long, in each of the small towns around us.
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  7. Kelley, We have these kinds of stands up here in No. Cal too. And, working for the Ag. dept. I see lots of boxes of veggies for "free" places plus everyone in our office brings in their excess. It is a great system. One thing I have learned about are the rules that Placer County has to follow regarding these kinds of stands. The produce has to be grown on the land that it is being sold from or a fine might be handed out (mostly just warnings though). I guess this is so that there can be some regulations regarding pesticide use and selling it to the public. Good thing to know I guess. I used to stop at the ones that were on the corners but now I would only stop at someone's house, like your friend, where I know that it is grown.

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  8. .. love it! There's an honor system similar to this between Austin & Blanco, called Arnosky Farms. They sell produce, Texas native flowers,plants, etc. and on weekends, if no one's there, they'll do the honor system....I love how it truly has been run honestly & it works for them.
    Love her tablecloth!
    Thanks for sharing.....

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  9. We have an elderly couple that live down the street from us. Every year they have a little honor system stand where they sell the best tomatoes anywhere around.

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  10. What a fabulous little fruit stand! I would dearly love to see one of those whilst walking or horseback riding~ blast, I don't have a horse...

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  11. Kelley...it seems we have the same wonderful neighbor, Christine. I'm around the corner in the Cali Rancher, "Oak Glen" and hope to meet you some day! You can usually find me out walking my Golden, Tucker, who I think would immediately fall in love with Millie! Keep up the great work on your blog!

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  12. How lucky for you to have a neighbor with such yummy produce!! Wow!! My mouth is watering!
    xx-GIna

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  13. What a great post and a lovely neighbor. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  14. Hi Kelley,

    Your neighbours fruit stand looks great! Here, you don't see too many people that sell fruit and things even in the summer months. On the mainland of Australia, we have seen them in Queensland, years ago my husband and I was driving and stopped at one that had water melon and it was unbelieveable, the nicest water melon I have ever tasted. Certainly better than the tasteless unripe melons we get here. I wanted to go back and buy some more melons off this guy on the side of the road, but by the time we had devoured it, it was too late to go back.....funny how these things stay in your memory. Thanks for sharing.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  15. What an adorable fruit stand. I wish I lived there, I can almost smell the oranges. It's such a great idea.

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  16. It was lovely to discover your beautiful blog, via Andrea. Your home and garden is wonderful.
    This is such a cute fruit stand, everything looks amazingly fresh and tree ripened.

    Happy week
    Carolyn

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  18. Really enjoyed your blog. What a sweet fruit stand. Such a beauty to stumble upon~
    Bristol

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