This Czech pumpkin patch operates on an honor system, and most people pay for their pumpkins

"Only about half a percent of people don't pay. Buyers are generally honest," the co-owner of the farm told iDnes.

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro
Published on 02.11.2020 12:00 (updated on 02.11.2020)

One Czech farm is offering a variety of fresh vegetables for sale -- but there's a catch: you weigh them yourself, and leave the payment in their jar.

The unique self-service vegetable shop, run by the family Farm Brož in Radňov in the Havlíčkův Brod region, relies on people's honesty, according to a report in iDnes.

The co-owner of the family farm, Martin Brož, has been looking into non-traditional ways to sell their products in light of the pandemic, and government restrictions.

So far, the farm has found that most people are honest - and pay for their products.

"Only about half a percent of people don't pay," Brož told iDnes. "Buyers are generally honest."

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The farm sells potatoes, beets and different types of pumpkins - especially for the Halloween season. Owners said they saw a big spike in interest for Halloween pumpkins this year, compared to previous years.

The owners of the farm were first inspired after seeing a similar model abroad. Brož said the company sees big potential in selling their goods this way.

"In previous years, we sold Christmas trees directly from the farm in a similar way. People chose the tree themselves, cut it down and just paid us. Everyone was satisfied, so we decided to try to sell some of our crops this way. We see potential in this way of selling," Brož told iDnes.

He says they've seen people come from further away this year than in past years: people drove from Jihlava, Humpolec, Pelhřimov and Havlíčkův Brod.

"It may happen that we run out of some goods, but we try to replenish them continuously during the day. But it also depends on the weather. When meteorologists report a significant drop in temperature or rain, we must hide the goods," Brož told iDnes.

Not every business can sell their products outdoors, though. Pumpkins and potatoes may be able to survive moist weather, but the farm also produces poppy seeds and cumin that they cannot sell alongside their new outdoor shop due to rain and inclement weather.

"We also grow and then sell poppies and cumin. But we can't put them out, because they would get wet and devalue," Brož told iDnes.

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Brož said their outdoor shop has been so successful, they will probably only have enough products to last them through Nov. 4, and then they will close.