by Jennifer Wilkins
Every Saturday morning, from June through September, we have our CRF farm stand, where friends, supporters, neighbors, and passers-by can buy our freshly picked produce and flowers. All of our farm stand sales crew are families with special-needs young adults, and they have a wonderful range of things to say about the experience.
Some, like Bev, talk about the experience of offering the beautiful flowers and produce: “We were proud to offer our amazing flowers and produce. Some folks know to come early to get the eggs. Other people passing by were really pleased to be able to buy our organically-grown goods.” From Philippe and his son Noah: “My favorite moment was some people who pulled up and bought a basket of tomatoes and drove off, then returned five minutes later because they were so good they ate them all in the car and wanted a couple more baskets to bring home.”
Including our young adult children in the process is a huge part of what makes this experience so meaningful. From Fran: “Scott really enjoyed and took great pride in his job to set up farm stand!” For Cristina, Betty the golf cart was the highlight: “Justin enjoys helping load and unload Betty when setting up the farm stand — and especially enjoys the ride from the cooler to the stand!” For my son Jake, the best part was having a picnic in the shade and sharing everything he brought with our friends and neighbors.
For others, the gratification of meeting our neighbors and supporters as we hang out at the farm stand is a defining aspect. Pauline says, “I loved that Ryan and I had fun meeting people in the community and telling our story, all while selling the best produce and flowers this side of the Rockies.” From Fred: “Working the farm stand is a family affair. We enjoy meeting our neighbors and learning more about our community. Great produce and great families.”
As we close out the farm stand season, we think back in gratitude for the opportunity to be involved in an enterprise that includes our young adults, builds community, and offers healthy food and fresh flowers to our friends and neighbors. As Mable puts it, “So wonderful to offer a variety of absolutely delicious produce and beautiful flowers and to meet our community supporters.”