Mobile Farm Stand
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17
Like Tree56Likes

Thread: Mobile Farm Stand

  1. Top | #1
    GrnTractor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Last Online
    08-27-2019 @ 06:45 PM
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    59
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Mobile Farm Stand

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Screen Shot 2018-01-25 at 6.47.06 AM.png 
Views:	16 
Size:	492.3 KB 
ID:	534706

    I am in the process of building one of these. I am interested in hearing opinions and ideas on a concept such as this. It's purpose is straight forward. Thanks for the input!
    Levi, JKR, 56Nine and 2 others like this.
    2016 5075E Cab with H240 Loader
    John Deere MX7 Rotary Cutter
    John Deere Rear Blade 2284H
    Frontier Core Aerator CA2072
    Taylor Pittsburg 962-84 Rotary Tiller
    Broadcast Spreader
    72" Landscape Rake
    Gator 825i UTV

  2. Remove Advertisements
    GreenTractorTalk.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. Top | #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 09:27 PM
    Location
    Eastern Virginia, United States
    Posts
    4,491
    Thanks
    341
    Thanked 812 Times in 529 Posts

    Looks cool

    That's certainly nice looking.

    We have lots of direct sellers here that take their product to the various farmers markets within 2 hours drive time. All of them that I can think of use a box truck and a tent. They need the transport capacity of the box truck to make the day worthwhile. A place at the market costs the same whether you sell 1 tomato or 5 bins so they try to have enough and varied enough product to make the day worthwhile. A tent, 2-3 tables, a couple of chairs, some signage etc. is all loaded to the rear of the truck along with perhaps a hand pallet jack to move product from the front of the truck to the back.

    Many of them have been in business for a long time so they are doing something right. Some only hit 3-4 markets a week, others might do as many as 24 with multiple trucks and people. It's a good day for them if they can sell out by noon and be on the road home.

    Treefarmer
    Levi, Robnik, PJR832 and 1 others like this.
    John Deere 790, 300 loader w Ken's Bolt on Hooks & Piranha tooth bar, grapple, back blade, box blade, Bush Hog mower, couple of red tractors, hay equipment, various old stuff some red, one orange, some I don't remember

  4. Top | #3
    GrnTractor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Last Online
    08-27-2019 @ 06:45 PM
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    59
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    I like the idea of the Box Truck. I thought this idea might be a little easier on the wallet to start with. When you say "Box Truck" are you talking about a UPS style truck?
    Levi, Robnik and PJR832 like this.
    2016 5075E Cab with H240 Loader
    John Deere MX7 Rotary Cutter
    John Deere Rear Blade 2284H
    Frontier Core Aerator CA2072
    Taylor Pittsburg 962-84 Rotary Tiller
    Broadcast Spreader
    72" Landscape Rake
    Gator 825i UTV

  5. Remove Advertisements
    GreenTractorTalk.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. Top | #4
    PJR832's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Last Online
    Today @ 05:56 AM
    Location
    Central New York
    Posts
    11,161
    Thanks
    1,883
    Thanked 1,510 Times in 1,236 Posts
    That's nice, giving me ideas for this upcoming season, my wife would love that.
    Levi and Robnik like this.
    Pat
    #compactfarming
    2025R W/120R FEL/Titan 36" Pallet Forks w/round bale spears/Ken's Bolt on Hooks / 72" moose plow / Kawasaki Mule(The Donkey) 610xc w/ Warn winch
    60D Auto Connect w/mulch kit and Gator G6 blades
    County Line- 48" Tiller & middle buster
    Frontier- BB5048L & DH1066 & RC2060
    JD iMATCH
    Homemade cultivator/hiller/chisel plow
    Heavy Hitch Tooth Bar
    Watch the 2025R on YouTube:
    Elk Creek Acres

  7. Top | #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:54 PM
    Location
    Southwest Ohio
    Posts
    3,394
    Thanks
    1,137
    Thanked 800 Times in 581 Posts
    I think that's the nicest "mobile farm stand" that I've ever seen!! As others have said, most of the folks at our farmer's markets use a pop-up tent and offload all the stuff from their trucks on to tables under the tent. Your idea would certainly save a lot of set up and tear down time.

    We have one farmer around here that pulls a farm wagon with what looks like a circus tent mounted on it. Even though I know the guy personally, I hate to get stuck behind him on the road. Having the farm wagon with what is essentially a sail on top of it limits his top speed to about 30 mph.

    A couple of things...

    The trailer in your picture looks like it has 15" wheels on it. That's a good thing as it means it's probably a 3500 lb axle on it. You're going to want at least that. Don't use some cheap trailer from Tractor Supply or Lowes that has 13" tires and a 1000 lb axle. If I were doing it - and had to buy the trailer - I'd probably consider a tandem axle utility trailer instead of a single axle.

    It's going to be next to impossible to make your mobile farm stand aerodynamic. You're going to need to build the structure to basically withstand a side wind (which is actually going to be from the front of the trailer) somewhere around 60 mph - probably higher. You're also going to need to physically fasten the structure to the trailer.

    Yeah, you probably already have considered all this, but...
    Levi, GrnTractor, Robnik and 1 others like this.
    '05 JD 3520 Open Station w/ 300CX FEL
    Grandpa's '52 Farmall Cub
    A couple of old Gravelys
    Help a Vet and his dog

  8. Top | #6

    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 09:51 PM
    Location
    Near Roa. VA
    Posts
    3,590
    Thanks
    43
    Thanked 437 Times in 337 Posts
    You will be hauling "precious cargo" that does not take well to a lot of shaking,,,
    because of that,, I would build it as a tandem axle,,

    You will not make much money,,, if your tomatoes are "mushy" from hitting a speed bump,,
    whereas, if the trailer was a tandem, the load would have just rolled over it.

    The height is the other reason for the trailer to be a tandem,,
    yours would not be the first trailer turned over by a gust of wind,,
    the extra axle will help lower the center of gravity,,,
    Levi, mark02tj and Robnik like this.
    Some of the tractors include JD 4105, JD 855, JD 650,,,, and,,, the IH 584 4WD
    My favorite attachment is the homemade landplane,,, EVERYONE needs one of those!!

  9. Top | #7

    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 09:27 PM
    Location
    Eastern Virginia, United States
    Posts
    4,491
    Thanks
    341
    Thanked 812 Times in 529 Posts

    Box truck

    Quote Originally Posted by GrnTractor View Post
    I like the idea of the Box Truck. I thought this idea might be a little easier on the wallet to start with. When you say "Box Truck" are you talking about a UPS style truck?
    Something like that. They are usually have a 12' - 14' box, a pull down rear door and are low enough to make it easy to get in and out of the truck. Some have used Uhaul or Budget trucks bought used to start with and keep the cost down. The only ones that I can think of that have refrigerated units are those selling meat or seafood. Veggies generally have to ride in air temp but the trucks leave the farm early- 5:00 or so depending on the trip. Diesel costs more but many of them end up with diesel engines because of the longevity. They will put a lot of miles on a truck during the season but then it sits in the off season.

    The trailer idea could be a way to start at even lower cost if you build it yourself and have a pickup or SUV to pull it with. It's a bit more hassle to maneuver in a crowded market and you may have to detach and park the towing vehicle separately but could be a nice attraction. If you go that route, spend some time really thinking about how you will transport your product AND how you will display and sell them. Most of the time, you want people to see your product so you or your sellers will be behind the product. It could be a fun project and not too expensive but even with the box trucks, they continuously tweak them to add a way to stow the tent, tables, chairs, dress up the exterior etc.

    Treefarmer
    Levi, Robnik and PJR832 like this.
    John Deere 790, 300 loader w Ken's Bolt on Hooks & Piranha tooth bar, grapple, back blade, box blade, Bush Hog mower, couple of red tractors, hay equipment, various old stuff some red, one orange, some I don't remember

  10. Top | #8
    GrnTractor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Last Online
    08-27-2019 @ 06:45 PM
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    59
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0178.jpg 
Views:	6 
Size:	143.1 KB 
ID:	534746


    I considered a tandem axle trailer but ended up going the single axle route for cost reasons. I ended up with a Sure-Trac 6x12 commercial grade trailer with a 3500lb axle.
    Levi, mark02tj, Robnik and 1 others like this.
    2016 5075E Cab with H240 Loader
    John Deere MX7 Rotary Cutter
    John Deere Rear Blade 2284H
    Frontier Core Aerator CA2072
    Taylor Pittsburg 962-84 Rotary Tiller
    Broadcast Spreader
    72" Landscape Rake
    Gator 825i UTV

  11. Top | #9
    LoneStranger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Last Online
    07-30-2019 @ 03:45 PM
    Location
    Northeast
    Posts
    417
    Thanks
    24
    Thanked 34 Times in 21 Posts
    there;s a lot of possibilities, I think you have to look at a bunch and incorporate ideas from those that work for you. Here's a few I liked:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Produce stand1.jpg 
Views:	143 
Size:	27.4 KB 
ID:	534762

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	producesatnd2.png 
Views:	7 
Size:	688.4 KB 
ID:	534770

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	producestand3.jpg 
Views:	143 
Size:	83.3 KB 
ID:	534778

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	produce truck 4.jpg 
Views:	6 
Size:	111.9 KB 
ID:	534786
    2016 JD 1025r
    H120 fel
    rear ballast box
    60D MMM
    iMatch
    Heavy Hitch
    RB2060L Rear Blade
    LR2060L Landscaper Rake
    42" Frontier front forks
    54" snow blade
    60" Everything Attachments aerator
    Cyclone Rake (Original) w 3 pt hitch
    Piranha Tooth Bar
    1999 JD LT155
    38"deck w/ bagger
    42" snow blade

  12. Top | #10
    GrnTractor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Last Online
    08-27-2019 @ 06:45 PM
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    59
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    After a couple of days:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0228.jpg 
Views:	4 
Size:	84.7 KB 
ID:	566745

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0231.jpg 
Views:	4 
Size:	86.0 KB 
ID:	566753
    Bubber, Levi, BigJim55 and 2 others like this.
    2016 5075E Cab with H240 Loader
    John Deere MX7 Rotary Cutter
    John Deere Rear Blade 2284H
    Frontier Core Aerator CA2072
    Taylor Pittsburg 962-84 Rotary Tiller
    Broadcast Spreader
    72" Landscape Rake
    Gator 825i UTV

  13. Remove Advertisements
    GreenTractorTalk.com
    Advertisements
     

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •