Friday, May 23, 2008

Casa de Fruta

So, with the changes in my job, I will be covering a new territory, which means I no longer have to dread the long haul to the hotspots of Stockton and Fresno. Woohoo! It is about a 3.5 to 4 hour drive to Fresno (depending on traffic) and I usually take the scenic route over Pacheco Pass through Gilroy, home to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, on Hwy 152. With that said, I decided to make a few stops on the way home.

I always see multiple signs along the highway to check out Casa de Fruta, making an attempt to entice you with their homemade pies, garlic or fresh cherries.  I blow by this place everytime, but with this being the last time I would be making this journey, I decided to stop.  It turns out it is the mother of all fruit stands.  Amazing produce, garlic as big as your head, and hands down the best apple pie I have ever tasted!  

I was talking to some of the locals, and they said this place started out as a small cherry stand on the side of the road.  This year marks the 100th anniversary.  

Note: Unfortunately I found myself without my camera on this unexpected stop.  Poor picture quality due to use of  camera phone.

Another fruit stand that I always pass on the way home is the Merry Cherry Fruit Stand.  I thought I would finally stop and check it out.  I got an entire box o' peaches for $5 bucks. Deelish!

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