Getting Ready for Spring – Farm Stand Must-Haves

Is your farm ready for the spring growing season? If you’re planning to have a farm stand to sell your produce, read this first. These are the six must-haves for any high-revenue farm stand:

  • Open Sign

Tell people your farm stand is open for the season or open for the day by having an eye-catching open sign. You can either get a sign made or make one yourself. Many people like the aesthetics of a hand-made sign because it feels more natural than a commercially produced one. However, the important part is just that it can be seen from the road.
You may also want to do some local advertising to attract visitors, but many farms simply use roadside signs and rely on word of mouth from past visitors.

  • Produce Stands

Display your produce with stands or racks to get people’s attention. The better you make your produce look, the more likely people are to buy. It’s worth it to invest in merchandising if it can help you sell more of what you’ve grown to reduce waste.

Shoppers tend to get tunnel vision, which can blind them to additional purchase opprtunities if the other options aren’t overtly offered to them. By displaying your produce in a way that’s visually appealing, you may also convince some visitors to buy produce that they wouldn’t have otherwise considered simply because they can see that you have it for sale.

  • Convenience Goods

Another way to upsell shoppers is to offer convenience goods that utilize your produce. Selling baked goods and complementary products provides higher margin items for sale that can boost revenue. For instance, if you’re a fruit grower, selling pies, pastries, juice/cider, ice cream, etc. increases order value with products that you can charge more for because shoppers won’t have to make them themselves.

  • A Way to Accept Credit Cards

Working to convince shoppers to spend more money isn’t going to be effective if they can’t feasibly spend more. Fewer people are carrying cash these days, which means that cash-only operations are limiting their sales potential by only accepting what shoppers happen to have on them when they stop by.

Retail businesses that accept credit cards make more money, and the same is true for farms. Offering non-cash options increases the average purchase because shoppers don’t need to have the funds physically on them to make a purchase.
With all the convenient credit card processing options available these days, you can easily find something to fit your needs that doesn’t cost much on a per transaction basis. Some farm stands even offer credit cards as a payment option to patrons for a small fee that covers their costs for using it. (Just be sure you read your credit card processing agreement to ensure that this practice is within the terms and conditions before doing it.)

  • Portable Toilet

Not offering a restroom limits the amount of time people will spend at your farm stand. It may also deter visitors from stopping in on a whim while running other errands or traveling to/from their regular destinations.

Having access to a portable restroom is a must-have for families with kids and anyone who may have other stops to make before returning home. Depending on the location of your farm, it may also convince travelers passing by to stop and visit.

  • Kids’ Activities

Farms with kids’ activities become a destination for families, play groups, schools, birthday parties, and other kid-friendly gatherings. Some farms offer free activities (like play grounds and iconic photo opportunities) while other charge for access to fun activities (like tours, hay rides, and corn mazes). Either way, the adults accompanying kids are likely to spend substantially more if there are activities for their children to take part in during the visit because visits are going to be more frequent and longer.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Themed Weddings

Having a themed wedding can be a fun way to add some unique flair to your big day. Many couples with special interests and hobbies choose to integrate them into their wedding ceremonies and receptions. However, we’ve all heard stories of themed weddings gone bad! A themed wedding can go downhill fast if you’re not careful, resulting in embarrassment and memories you’d sooner forget than relive year after year.

Use these tips to figure out how to throw a themed wedding that guests will love as much as you do:

Do:

  • Choose Something Wedding-Appropriate

Some hobbies and interests just aren’t wedding-appropriate. While most themes can be adapted for a wedding, some simply don’t fit. Keep your theme G-rated, staying away from anything too violent, dark, sexual, or aggressive. (Halloween weddings typically must walk this fine line because while ghosts and zombies may be perfectly normal Halloween costumes when going trick-or-treating, they don’t really fit the marriage theme.)

Keep your theme tasteful and upbeat to embrace the spirit of the day and celebrate your love for each other. Relating your theme back to the ideas of love and commitment will ensure that your theme makes sense to guests. For instance, if you both enjoy fishing, you can incorporate fish décor into the reception and have favors that say cute things like “hooked on you.”

  • Make it Personal

Weddings are not middle school dances – they don’t have to have a theme. If you choose a theme for your big day, do so because it has personal significance not just because you think it looks cool. Many couples get caught up in trending wedding themes on social media and get swayed by their popularity even though they don’t have any real connection to them. The next thing you know, you’re planning a nautical wedding when you’ve never even seen the ocean or don’t particularly enjoy going swimming.

  • Have Fun with It

Don’t forget that your wedding should be fun! And yes, this includes the planning stage. Incorporate your theme as much or as little as you’d like into your wedding celebration. Don’t feel pressured to make every element of your wedding relate back to your theme and stress out about the whole thing. You can go big or little – just have fun with it! Want to have a 4-foot tall cake replica of the Eiffel Tower and tablecloths custom printed with a map of the Paris metro-system for your Parisian-themed wedding? Great. Want to just include some French entrées? That’s great too.

Don’t:

  • Alienate Guests

You might love your theme, but you’re not the only ones attending your wedding. Sure, you’re the most important people at your own wedding, but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the feelings of the rest of your guests (especially if guests like parents are the ones paying for your wedding). Don’t scare people off by hitting them over the head with your theme at every turn. If you make people feel uncomfortable, they won’t have a good time at your wedding and probably won’t stick around very long. Make sure that if your guests aren’t familiar with your theme that they’ll still get a lot out of your big day. Don’t leave them wondering why your vows are incomprehensible because you chose to do them in Klingon or what a glass orb geode has to do with your wedding because you chose to use your favorite video game’s magical life source as inspiration for your centerpieces.

  • Choose Too Many

Generally, picking one theme and sticking to it is the way to go. But, if you really can’t decide, you can select two themes if they combine well. But don’t just turn your reception into a scrapbook of everything you both love. Using too many themes clutters the wedding experience and confuses guests. It can also make the whole event seem disjoint and silly.

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Does Your Event Need a Luxury Restroom Trailer? … Or Will a Porta Potty Work?

Standard porta potties are the most cost-effective option when it comes to renting portable toilets.

 

However, depending on the nature of the event, luxury restroom trailers may actually be the best option. If you’re trying to decide which type of portable toilet is right for your guests, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do aesthetics matter?

Luxury restrooms look better than regular porta johns on the interior and exterior. This is an important distinction because while your guests will see the well-appointed inside of a restroom trailer, people passing by will not. So, if you’re hosting a paid public event, people may spot luxury restroom trailers and find them appealing, helping to convince them to attend.

At elegant events like weddings, high-end fundraisers, and black-tie parties impressing guests with fancy interiors is a key component for deciding on which portable bathrooms to use. Making guests feel like their presence is valued should carry through every aspect of the event from the food and entertainment to the restrooms.

  • Will guests need extra space?

Luxury portable toilets have more spacious interiors, mimicking most restrooms that you would find in public establishments. This key difference makes luxury bathrooms a great choice for weddings because they allow the wedding party enough room to get ready. The wide countertops and large mirrors are conducive to doing hair and makeup, while the big stalls give men and women enough space to change clothes for photography sessions. Wedding attendees also appreciate the extra room because it gives them ample space to use the restroom in more formal clothing that may take up more space.

  • Is accommodating multiple people simultaneously important?

For smaller events, you may only rent one portable toilet, which means that people must use the restroom one-at-a-time, which can lead to long lines. Renting a luxury restroom trailer provides the opportunity for several people to use the facilities simultaneously because of the multiple stalls. The result is a shorter wait, which leaves guests with more time to enjoy the event.

While the same effect can be achieved by renting numerous portable toilets, having many porta potties means you’ll end up with a bank of toilets. While there’s nothing wrong with this, some people would prefer to not have that look at their event.

  • Do you want the bathrooms to feel like home?

The homier look inside luxury restrooms promotes a cozier feeling than the more sterile feeling inside of a regular porta potty. The result is a bathroom that feels more like an inviting restroom in a hotel lobby.

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Agricultural Portable Toilets – Essential or Luxury?

It’s no secret that farmers are frugal people, which means that before they invest in something, they tend to do their

 

research. After studying their options, they typically only spend money where it’ll be a sound investment for the farm.

So, are portable toilets really necessary for agricultural operations?

Simply put – yes!

Agricultural portable toilets are a must-have for any farm operations for two very important reasons:

GAP Compliance

Compliance with the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program requires growers and packers maintain sanitary conditions on the job. This means having easy access to restrooms and hand washing stations is absolutely essential! Agricultural portable toilets have the added benefits of containing service records and being on trailers for easy movement. This makes them trackable and portable, checking boxes for both GAP requirements and farm practicality.
While GAP is not required by the state or federal government, voluntarily participating is highly encouraged and sometimes even incentivized. Farms abiding by GAP principles have a higher likelihood of producing safe and healthy crops as well as earning public confidence.

If you want to find out more about how agricultural portable toilets aid in GAP compliance, read our other helpful articles:
GAP Explained
GAP and Our Farms
How are GAP Portable Restrooms Different than Regular Porta Potties?”

Attracting Visitors

Farms that admit the public to farm stands, u-pick areas, hay rides, and other attractions will always benefit substantially from providing restrooms. Offering bathrooms encourages more families to visit and allows people to prolong their visits. This is especially important for farms that want to establish themselves as local destinations for fun activities. Cutting corners when providing restroom options leaves people with no other choice than to leave or quickly duck behind a tree when they need to do their business.

Another consideration is whether to offer handicapped accessible bathrooms. ADA compliant restrooms are wheelchair accessible and allow more space for families with young children. Typically, it’s a good idea to provide one of these in an area where guests will park or near a visitor’s center to make your public farm areas more welcoming to guests at all ability levels.

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