There’s nothing like biting into a ripe piece of fruit, or feeling the crunch of fresh vegetables. The fruit stand trail throughout Route 97 offers up a cornucopia of fresh from the farm goodness sure to make you smile. Most of our fruit and produce stands are open from spring through to late fall. Take a Fruit Stand road trip every few months and discover what’s ripe!
In the warmer months, you don’t have to drive too far before you’ll see an orchard, farm or garden filled with ripening produce. Peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, apples, and cherries are the stone fruits grown here. Berry crops and vegetables abound as well. Enjoy a conversation with a grower at smaller stands that sell to you right on the roadside. You may run into a few farmers at the larger stands as you take in the dozens and dozens of crates of fresh picked goodness. Several of fruit and produce stands have restaurants attached so you don’t have to wait to indulge in wonderful dishes prepared with fresh produce.
Fruit stands don’t just have fruit here. In Wenatchee, some fruit stands are also antique shops. The perfect place to take home something old and something fresh and new. Throughout the Route on the WA side you’ll find stands that sell more than fruit and vegetables. There’s fresh preserves, relishes, jams, fruit butters and honey products. Further north, near Chelan Falls, start the day with an espresso and freshly picked goodies. Near Pateros, there’s a stand that has a bakery, more espresso and gifts to take with you. Take a road trip on the Cascade Loop and you’ll find more delicious goodness near Leavenworth.
Tasty Thompson Okanagan
When you travel throughout Route 97 in BC, keep an eye out for road side stands. You’ll spot a few around Osoyoos and as you near Oliver, you’ll see more and more! You’ll find fruit stands in small towns and near the larger cities throughout the Okanagan. There are some where you could spend the entire day touring the orchards and farm, eating fresh home baked goods and fresh soups, petting animals and wandering through their antiques.
Connect with the Similkameen Loop from Osoyoos, Penticton or West Kelowna and you’ll find yourself in a very special place. The towns of Cawston and Keremeos are known as the Organic Capital and the Fruit Stand Capital of Canada. It’s a bit of an exotic place with that fresh picked perfume in the air. There’s also East Asian fashions, homemade samosas and pakoras and a full range of curries. Pepper lovers, love it here. There are over 200 varieties of peppers grown right here and 30 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes. It is in this valley that the Ambrosia apple was discovered. Every Ambrosia apple you eat today, is an ancestor of that one original tree.
As you travel north, orchards give way to ranchlands as you enter the Thompson Valley. While produce stands here are scarce, there are some great farmers markets. Several are open year-round (outdoors and indoors) with many of the same fruits and vegetables you’ll find at the fruit stands.