Garden to Market Harvesting Crates

Garden Crates for harvesting or placing purchased plants

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I’m a huge fan of crates and remember purchasing them years ago before learning how to build my own.  They’re fun and I love that you can leave them natural or customize with color to accent any lifestyle.

There are many ways to incorporate crates making life a little easier; they’re better than cardboard boxes because they don’t fall a part.

Makes Crates for storage the garden and much more.

I decided to add this project to our Workshop inventory because Farmer’s Market season is in full swing and what a perfect way to carry all those natural purchases.

This crate is big enough to haul a few things but not so heavy you feel like you’re lifting weights.

To build this project it’s super easy, very boxy and it’s assembled with finishing nails.

Paint the Crate with a bright fun summer color

The Farmer’s Market crate consisted of a very light coat of Mint Julep from Dixie Belle paint.  This color is amazing and reminds me of mint ice cream. It’s just so light and welcomes Summer.

But remember a very thin coat of paint and I only covered the exterior.

Decorating Crates

Finishing details included Collard Greens and Cutting Edge Stencils.  I used these same stencils from a ladder project a couple weeks ago here.

That’s the great thing about quality stencils you can use them over and over again.

Farmer's Market Crates

This finished box is perfect for taking to the market or plant shopping because I don’t know about you but I can’t stand putting new plants in plastic bags.

I keep a crate in my car now that I can use for shopping at the nurseries and markets; it’s wonderful!

Make a Garden Crate for harvesting Veggies

If you’re not much of a shopper but might be seeking a garden harvesting container this design painted with Vintage Duck Egg and Midnight Sky is really fun using a garden theme from Old Sign Stencils here.  It’s smooth and light.

Think about how this idea could help you out.  Maybe the shed needs organizing or maybe that craft room could use a few crates to keep all those supplies in order?

Make and Customize your own Garden or Farmer's Market Crate


  1. daisy says:

    The crates would be handy for so many purposes or just to use on a front porch to corral herbs or perennials. Sounds like a fun, new adventure at the market. Enjoy!

    1. Carole says:

      They are handy, I made a could for my paint brushes and hammers too.

  2. Patti says:

    They are soooo pretty. I’m sure they will be a big hit at the market!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you! I’m behind was ill yesterday with stomach flu and I’m hoping I’ll be back to my normal self by Saturday. I really need to stop eating out!

  3. Karen says:

    I’m with you, Carole. I don’t like putting my new plants in bags either. I usually “unwrap” the tops when I get to my van and just use them to keep any stray dirt off the carpet. Your crate idea is just perfect though. Of course, you really caught my attention when you mention using them for supply storage too. You have my wheels spinning. 🙂

    Love the paint color you chose, by the way.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Karen – I like those paint colors too! So nice to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t like plants in plastic bags. I also made some crates in different sizes for my workshop supplies, like hammers, paint brushes etc.. Love them!!

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