I've been helping the produce guy set up his stand the past three weeks. And when he gets busy I'll help bag produce & take money while Rhiannon takes care of "her" little stand and eagerly awaits customers. She is becoming such the salesperson. Last week a lady asked for a bar of soap and when Rhiannon put her bar in a bag, she said "You want two soaps!"....to which the very nice, kind, toddler-appeasing woman said, "Well, I think you're right, I would like two soaps!" I then quietly told Rhiannon not to be such a pushy salesperson. We're also working on our math skills by collecting money and giving back change. It's nice that the customers are more than willing to wait the extra time and give Rhiannon a chance to do everything.
And when our stand is lacking customers, Rhiannon comes over to the produce stand and helps fill the baskets with potatoes and peaches and cucumbers. I love to see her actually enjoying helping others out. It makes her feel needed and all grown up that she can help out Mr. Clarence (the produce guy). When things are slow going, Rhiannon can play in the volleyball sand court, kick her soccer ball around the field or even walk through the little "Enchanted Forest" path (all within Mommy-vision, of course).
I brought four large loaves of bread, three smaller round loaves, soap, goat cheese, milk and a dozen eggs. I also baked twice as many cookies as normal and still sold all of them. By 11 o'clock we had sold out of everything but a half-pound of goat cheese and a loaf of bread. The bread & cheese went to a friend so I actually went home almost empty handed.
Why "almost"? Well, in payment for helping out the produce guy, we loaded the front seat down with two watermelons, a cantaloupe the size of a bowling ball, a couple peaches and tomatoes and a pint of local honey! So not only did I make some goat-food money from the sale of our baked goods, but we got a bunch of local produce. I LOVE bartering :)