Forget lemonade: 5-year-old runs lettuce stand for a cause
A budding young entrepreneur in Peterborough, Ont. is giving the traditional lemonade stand a leafy twist.
Like other kids, five-year-old Leo Weiskittel is trying his hand at running a sidewalk-stand business this summer. But unlike other young moguls, Weiskittel is selling something he’s grown himself: lettuce.
Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Weiskittel sells his garden-grown lettuce for $3.00 a head.
On his days off, he helps tend to the garden. His favourite part, he said, is planting the seeds.
"That's when you get to use the shovels and the spades and the diggers," he told CTV Toronto.
For Weiskittel's mother, Louise Warner, the lettuce stand is a good opportunity for her son and daughter to get outside, learn about plants and business, and have fun.
"I feel like (the kids) are having a great time getting out in the garden, and they like to do the stand with their friends," Warner said. "It's been great."
Weiskittel is also learning another important lesson from the stand: how to give back to his community.
The family donates all of the money they make from lettuce sales to a local children's charity, the Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Foundation.
The foundation helps provide opportunities for disadvantaged children by helping parents pay for their kids to attend summer camp, join a sports team or take a music class. It also gives out bursaries for post-secondary education.
"Basically those kids who've had a really hard time growing up, they get to be a kid and go to things like hockey camp or skating or just summer camp. Whatever they're interested in, they get to pursue," Warner said.
Last year, Weiskittel's family raised $500 for the charity, and this season, business is growing. The family is now selling flowers in addition to lettuce.
Marion McKee, the chair of the children's foundation, called the stand a wonderful idea, and said she plans to make a weekly trip to visit Weisskittel and pick up some greens.
"I'm going to buy my lettuce here all summer long," she said.
With files from CTV Toronto's Ashley Rowe