Like many kids, Colton Weselman, 13, and Trinity Weselman, 7, tried running a lemonade stand to make some money. They have a huge lemon tree in their front yard, and it produces hundreds of lemons at a time.
It took a long time to make the fresh-squeezed lemonade, and they sat out in front of their house for a long time in order to get only a couple customers. Then Colton had an idea: why not just put out the lemons for people to take and leave a donation in a box?
"I think this lemon sale was a great idea," said Colton.
That way, the two busy kids didn't have to sit there all day. It worked. The lemons were selling, and people were leaving money. A couple times things got stolen, so Colton and his father, Eric, created a more permanent structure and screwed everything down.
After the lemons started selling, the children reached out to people willing to let them harvest any type of fruit from their yards. The children use fruit pickers mounted on long poles to harvest the fruit, and then they leave a large amount for the family and take the rest to sell in their stand.
They recently were allowed to harvest a large amount of oranges from a nearby yard. The children plan to hand out fliers downtown to try and get more people to let them harvest fruit in their yards.
"We pick fruit that people aren't harvesting," said Colton.
"Sometimes fruit just sits on a tree rotting," said their father.
With the money made at the stand, the children have bought a pet rabbit and some souvenirs when they went to Disneyland recently. But the bulk of the money they earn from the fruit stand goes into their savings for college, said Eric.
"My wife and I started working at a young age," said Eric. "I had a paper route. Unfortunately, there are not many opportunities like that for kids anymore. This will help them learn the benefits of working and earning money."
If you would like to allow Colton and Trinity to harvest fruit from your yard, contact their father at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-200-1556.
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