Although Rural Route 2 saw its share of traffic, our attempts at opening a successful lemonade stand were thwarted by lack of customers.
Our grandparents drove out from town to support their entrepreneurial grandkids. Dad and Grandpa Ray stopped on the way in and out of the farm during the day. Mom walked over from the garden to check our progress.
My sister and I didn’t even pour an entire pitcher of lemonade. That was our one and only lemonade stand.
My brother opened “Brian’s Country Market” for a couple summers. He sold sweet corn out of the back of the pick-up truck down at a more well-traveled intersection and stayed busy for a bit.
So, when my farm boy declared he wanted to plant popcorn this year and sell it at a stand, I tried to be supportive but cringed at the thought of my kids working so hard to sit alone at the end of our country drive with no customers. Another failed lemonade stand.
When I ordered my garden seeds, the kids insisted on purchasing popcorn – Japanese White, Neon Pink, Shades of Blue and Emerald Green. They even paid the bill.
It was a cold wet spring and the seeds went in the ground in late May. The kids checked their crop weekly, imitating their dad digging in the field to check for germination. They battled weeds with hoes and spent one afternoon hauling water out in little green sprinkler cans. After that, my farm princess decided praying for rain would be easier.
When the combine rolled through our field, the kids hopped in their gators (the toy kind) and started picking. They filled buckets, totes, and empty flower pots for two days and carted all their corn into the shed where they’ve been husking, cleaning and shelling after school.
This week, my farm boy declared it was time to open the popcorn stand. Thank goodness for our virtual world. An order form for Pratt Popcorn is available at http://tinyurl.com/prattpopcorn. The kids set their prices and are excited to share their bounty. (Although, we’ve since closed the order site . . . at least until we get a handle on our inventory. Read more at “Popping Up Memories“.)
Check it out. We’ve sampled the product and give it a two thumbs up!
Read more 30 Days of Farm Girl Memories
- Day 1: Surprise Kittens
- Day 2: The Men in My Life
- Day 3: Small Town Saturday Night
- Day 4: “Fall”ing in Love
- Day 5: A Bag of Caramels
- Day 6: Chores in the Dark
- Day 7: Things My Mother Said
- Day 8: Munchy Cheese
- Day 9: Super Swiffer Saturday
- Day 10: Dad’s Church
- Day 11: Kansas City, Then & Now
- Day 12: Video #Throwback: Field Meals
- Day 13: Eggs in A Nest
- Day 14: Baling
And find other 30 Day bloggers starting with the one who got us into this – Holly Spangler from My Generation.