We sell apples on the honor system.
When I mentioned this on face book last weekend,Amy said the only time she’d ever seen anything like that was in France….she could buy goat cheese from a local farmer on the honor system.
Last weekend we did over $200.00 business at our roadside stand with nobody manning the cash register but a chicken.
You don’t believe me? Here’s his picture:
When I told two of our neighbors (and a few others) what I had in mind, they all looked at me like I was crazy- “Aren’t you afraid someone is going to steal your apples, or take your money?
“No, I replied. I’m not…and what if someone makes off with $20.00 or, God forbid a cooler with apples in it, then so what? If they need it that bad, then let them have it….”
“Well you’re at least going to put a lock on the money-box right?
Cause here’s the deal, sure there are some “bad apples” out there, but I’m convinced the majority of people are not
I even have some evidence to the contrary.
My brother, sold asparagus last year, doing basically the same thing on a smaller scale- He had a cooler with asparagus in it, and a coffee can inside…He told me that more often than not, there was actually more money in the pot @ the end of the day than there should have been…
And then today, someone told my wife @ her workshop, she’d heard Panera’s Bread was doing something very similar in one of their stores . …and they are thinking about expanding it to other areas.
I’m a contractor and experience this level of trust all the time- Just this Summer, someone asked me to oversee the construction of their 4500 sq ft addition on his house. Here’s what he told me:
“Doug, I’m busy farming and to be honest, I don’t know that much about construction. What I would like you to do, is take the ball and run with it. I trust you. that’s how I’d like this project to go.”
Now, let me ask you a question- when someone entrusts you with that much responsibility and thousands of dollars of their hard-earned money- are you going to take advantage of that?
Heck no- that is the ultimate compliment.
Most of us would do everything in our power to live up to that trust.
I look @ this self-serve apple stand in the same way. I’m offering fresh, beautiful locally grown Iowa apples at wholesale cost.
I think most people love to be treated that way.
Here’s a few apple pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
Picture of our 2009 Gala’s
Picture of our Ginger Gold’s
Picture of our Honeycrisp’s
Ever seen the movie Pay It Forward?
This is one small way for me to light my candle and change the world.
Have a great day…
and how many apples did you say you wanted ?
If you’ve been a reader to the blog for a few years, you may have seen this one a couple of years ago. DM