Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Venturing out - with a roadside stall


If you follow Kiwi Good Life on Instagram (here we are.. right HERE!) you will have noticed a fair bit of mention of plums lately.

That's because our lovely orchard of plum trees is a particular variety which ripens at a most particular time each year - we can almost put it in the diary and time it!

I wrote a blog post last February about our lovely Luisa plums, you may want to read up on that one first if you missed it: Meet Luscious Luisa, she's just plum

So once again, as we'd just finished turning the calendar page over to February, the first of the early plums started to drop from the trees.

The birds visited for regular feasts, greedily sucking juicy flesh out of one plum before they move onto another - never finishing one completely, rather preferring to leave many half eaten fruits on the tree for us!

And we started raking up the windfall and residue plums that the birds had decided to knock out of the trees for us.

Then we decided to pick some and see if they'd sell on our little roadside stall that we'd recently established.

Tubs of plums ready for our stall

Our very humble roadside stall (version I)
So - of course (as they're simply delicious) the plums did sell.
In fact we could hardly keep up with the demand. Everytime I walked down the lane to check the stock, we'd have sold out. So I'd go pick more and take them back down. And the pattern repeated.

The stall had been something we'd wanted to do for sometime as we usually have a fair amount of surplus that we thought we could sell off to help cover costs e.g. buy more compost and seeds, chicken food etc.

The first version I guess was just to see how it worked and if our produce would appeal to passers by. We live on a reasonably quiet country lane but there are an increasing number of residents plus an excellent and booming cafe nearby that attracts a lot of visitors.

It soon became apparent that our little trailer was not the best way to display our produce - plant pots were drying out quickly in full sun and the eggs would also benefit from proper shade and cover.

Plus it was pretty heavy to lug in and out each day!

So super Sam went to work and built us a fabulous new roadside stall......

A work in progress - roadside stall (version 2)


And here we are...
Still scope to decorate a little more - but very functional & practical




Meanwhile, we continued to pick plums.
A local wholesaler said he'd take some so one Sunday we borrowed in ladders and all got busy picking. My Fitbit said I did lots of stairs that day!

Meer Cat was also keen to help!


plums - plums - plums

'watcha doin?'

Several hundred KGs off to the wholesalers
And then... just like clockwork... the plum season was over.
The only plums left on the trees were way to high up for us to reach so the birds got to finish them off.
I raked up today and there were reduced numbers of fruit on the floor compared to days over the previous few weeks.
And the sweet sweet aroma of plum juice is starting to disappear.

We've closed up the stall for a few days to give ourselves time to tidy up, restock and prepare for the next crop....

Passionfruit.

Then Pumpkins.

We're on a roll!

:)


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