Vegetable Stand – Friday Fictioneers

No one tended the vegetable stand hidden in the hills. There was an open box where one could put coins and bills to pay for the vegetables all marked with prices. Customers made their own change from what was in the box.

Some took vegetables without paying. Some took some (and sometimes all) of the money in the box. Others put more money in the box than they were asked to. Others in repentance returned money or something as exchange for what they shouldn’t have taken.

At the end of the season enough remained to make the next year possible.


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields offers the photo below as the prompt for this week’s Friday Fictioneers.


Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

51 thoughts on “Vegetable Stand – Friday Fictioneers”

  1. Today I nearly forgot to pay for my coffee. Until I saw a agitated lady agonising as to how much a leave on an unattended counter for her coffee. Life has its strange side.

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    1. There are people who actually do things like this such as those tiny free libraries holding books where you are invited to take one and return it later or leave another. In rural areas I’ve seen such farm stands along country roads.

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  2. Do people still do this? I remember these being on the side of the road when I was a kid. The honour system fascinated me. I leave boxes of lemons on my lawn, maybe I should leave a money box. Missed opportunity? 😀

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  3. Dear Frank,

    Recently a friend and I stopped into a little Amish store in Missouri. There was a box with cash and a sign. Same honorary system. I wondered how it worked for them. It’s nice to think there are some decent people left in the world. Loved your story construction.



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  4. in my travels, i’ve seen unattended stands that allow buyers to help themselves and pay accordingly. I find them heartwarming at best and testimony to the trust that we do the right thing.


    1. They do seem to be an interesting way to interact with one’s neighbors and even strangers passing by. I like the name you called them: “honesty boxes”. Thank you, Keith!


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