Roadside Jersey

Ok, so let me start off by saying, I’m a bit late to the game on my blog here, but, better late than never, right? So first and foremost, before all else, if you’re reading this, I’d like to THANK YOU for checking out my page. As a new business owner, I’m extremely grateful for all the support I’ve received along this adventure so far, and I’m excited to continue to grow and see what’s in store around the next corner.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. (kidding, kidding)….my first ever blog post:

So the other night I was on my way home, and I passed a roadside stand, the same stand I’ve passed many times since we moved to this neck of the woods. As I passed it I thought, why not check it out? So I turned around and pulled alongside the road. I got out of my car and walked up to the chippy wooden table, and displayed in mason jars were bunches of vibrant wildflowers, each one different from the next. And for how much? $3.00! Where do you get a bunch of flowers for $3.00?! My eyes gazed over each bouquet, and I couldn’t make up my mind which one I wanted (typical of me), so in the meantime I moved over to the produce table to check out what they offered. All kinds of vegetables, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and more. And all so inexpensive! I only had a few bucks on me, so I decided to take a rainbow colored bunch of zinnias home with me. As I pulled away I thought “I just love that!” Supporting small business, buying fresh and local, and so reasonably priced! My mind started running laps, as it usually does when I have an “idea,” and I thought to myself, “HEY, why couldn’t we do that?”

When I got home, I told my husband I had an “idea” to propose to him. He smiled wryly at me and asked if he should sit down for this “idea.” Hahaha. I began by telling him it was not anything to be worried about and told him about the light bulb that went off in my head when I stopped at the roadside stand. I saw the wheels turning in his head when I told him we should build our own roadside stand; it was safe to say he approved of the “idea.” Since we have moved to Harrisonville, a small town of about 150 people that lies between Mullica Hill and Woodstown, it’s sure different than Williamstown, where we are originally from, and in a great way. The back country roads here, the farms, the sunsets, the peacefulness, the starry nights…the way everything comes together here just feels…right. And the road we live on, I think it’s perfect for a roadside stand…it’s a main road, but not a super busy one…it’s a route a lot of people take to the shore too. So why not try our luck at a roadside stand? It won’t make us millionaires but a few extra bucks certainly never hurts. Aside from the financial standpoint, we’ll be able to create a big garden in our backyard with a variety of produce and flowers, not only that we can benefit from, but for others as well. Fresh, local, and affordable!

So the plan goes as this. First, we will find a structure for a stand and customize it as we want. Next, we plan to start our stand this winter, where we will offer firewood, fresh greens, wreaths, and other seasonal offerings. Then, once we start our garden next year, we will offer all kinds of produce and fresh flowers. And we shall see how it goes from there!

So, that’s what’s currently been on my mind a lot…been spending a lot of time pinterest-ing of course. And, although this is not directly related to my wedding business, I thought I’d share an upcoming business idea with you all! I have so many ideas for businesses…now if I only had the time and money to implement them all. I encourage anyone who has an idea or a dream to chase after them! After all, dreams do not just happen, you make them happen. No matter how big or small, you can do anything your little heart desires. Certainly a roadside stand is no monumental idea, but it’s an idea nonetheless, and something I’m excited to share with anyone who passes through ye old town of Harrisonville USA.

Who knows, I may end up growing some beautiful flowers that may just end up in some wedding bouquets next year…how’s that for local? I plan to update my Facebook page once we have our roadside stand up and running…so stay tuned to see what’s in store!

…Go forth and set the world on fire…


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