Factors to consider when building a fruit stand are ease of storage, transport and cleaning. A good fruit stand is easy to assemble, clean, attractive and offers a wide variety of fruit to hungry customers. A fruit stand can be assembled simply and inexpensively by using an old folding table or tables topped with a variety of display boxes arranged in a tiered system to maximize display and ease of shopping. The tables can be covered with decorative cloths to add aesthetic value and the entire structure should be covered with an awning to protect the merchandise from the elements.
Set up the table(s). If you have multiple tables, arranging them in one long row or in a "u" shape with you at the center works best. Try to have the display accessible to customers in wheelchairs.
Cover each table with a large, clean cloth. The cloth should be large enough to cover the entire table and reach the ground on at least three sides. The cloth enables the tables to become storage space for coolers where items that need refrigeration can be kept out of the way of customers.
Set up the awning. Multiple tables may require multiple awnings. Be sure to use brightly colored cords to secure the awning; you do not want customers tripping.
Arrange the display boxes atop the tables. If you have only one table or the tables are wider than an arm's length, use a tiered display system, much like bleachers. This can be accomplished by placing blocks of various materials (bricks, wood) underneath the storage boxes in all rows except the first so all of the items can be seen in one glance and are easily accessible.
Fill the boxes strategically with fresh produce. For example, dry goods like garlic, potatoes and onions should be in one section, avocados and tomatoes in another and all types of citrus in another.
Things You Will Need
- Display boxes
- Table covering(s)
- Wooden blocks
- Items that need refrigeration should be stocked to minimum quantities and replaced as they are sold to avoid spoilage.
- Clearly display the cost of each item.
- If you are selling unusual items, try handing out recipes using the item and offering samples to encourage sales.