[Market-farming] farmstand shelf advice

Tom & Melanie limerock at thirdplanet.net
Mon Aug 5 21:25:20 EDT 2013

Is the table/shelf for display only, or for work space as in packing quarts?  We find white hard to keep clean.  Our display shelves and work shelves are dark green.  The dust does show but a quick clean does the trick.  

Height:  Think logistics, what will be your display containers?  Bulk on a divided & angled shelf?  Baskets?  What are the products you ordinarily sell?  Are they all summer or a very short season?  

Step-back shelves are nice, deeper on the bottom, shallower as you go higher.  Our work shelves have a simple hemmed skirt stapled to the face of the upper shelf bottom, to hide crates and such behind the lower shelf.  

Wire shelving will drop stuff to the lower one, depending on what’s above.  

Random thoughts after a very tiring day.

Limerock Orchards and Roadside Market
Near Lake Erie

From: Beth Spaugh 
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 7:01 PM
To: 'Market Farming' 
Subject: [Market-farming] farmstand shelf advice

We just built a farmstand – 12 x 16 with a 9 foot garage door on the16 foot side.  Now to put in tables/shelving.  Any advice on angle of slope?  Distance between vertical shelves?  Height of first table/shelf? If wood, the finish. Color (I am assuming white or cream).


I am thinking wood for the table/bottom shelf, and wire shelving for the upper shelfs.


Do I need FDA approved paint for the inside?  


We do need an awning outside (and shelves on the outside wall). We were told local RV place would have used cheap, but their stock was very low and without hardware.  DH would like a retractable awning.  I’d just as soon build a frame and put metal roofing on it.


Suggestions of entry steps or ramp?


Thank you.


Beth Spaugh

Rehoboth Homestead, Peru NY

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