In an otherwise parched stretch of land, Hadley Fruit Orchards is like an oasis for both travelers and local residents alike, stocked with a bounty of nuts, dried fruits and specialty items. "There's some great stuff here," said Nora Malton of Pasadena. "If we go to the outlets, we always come here, too." Hadley Fruit Orchards was founded in Banning in 1931 by Paul and Peggy Hadley. They sold fruit and nuts until 1951, when a fire burned down their warehouse and the Hadleys lost $70,000 in inventory. They brought the business back to life at a roadside stand, and today it is owned by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
If you’ve driven the 10 Freeway en route to Palm Springs or Palm Desert, chances are you’ve seen the sign for Hadley Fruit Orchards. This is where your parents would stop on the way home from trips to the desert to buy you a date shake, and maybe a bag of dried apricots for the car ride home. The store, which had been at its first location since the 1960s, has moved to a new location, conveniently right next to the original.
Hadley Fruit Orchards, the roadside shop in Cabazon known for its date shakes, reopened its doors Monday. The store has been closed for a month to prevent the spread of the virus. “We’ve been having a deficit for all our favorite products,” said June Siva, a Hadley’s customer returning for the first time in weeks. “The date shakes are awesome. They’ve always been great,” said Anthony Mucha, another customer.