Posted on June 14 2012

Highways and Byways and Roadside Fruit Stands

One of my favorite things about the summer are the roadside fruit stands.  You’d never be driving with some specific destination in mind, then see a grocery store and think to yourself, “Whoa! I must pull over and get some fresh fruit right now!”  I’m not saying buying fruit at the grocery store is bad, I do it all the time.  It’s just the magic and spontaneity of such a specific impulse buy is part of the beauty of summer.  You weren’t planning on stopping, but you know it’s there and the fruit calls to you.  You pull over on the shoulder of the road, into a dirt parking lot, finagle illegal u-turns to get at that fresh fruit.  Those peaches.  Those blueberries.  In this case, these strawberries!

We have our regular favorites, stands that we make sure we pass by at certain times of the season.  I do love traveling on new roads, heading to new places, and coming across unfamiliar roadside stands.  Sinking your teeth into the fruit, with no one around, makes you feel like you found some secret treasure no one has yet to discover.  Even though you feel like the only person in the world who’s ever been in that spot, there have been a great many people who have stood in that very spot feeling like they were the first person to discover that fruit stand as well.  That must be the exact feeling Christopher Columbus felt, right?

  1. Ash says:

    As a former Michigander (I moved to CO in 2010) I am so very much longing for those heavily wooded roadsides and summer fruit stands. We don’t get much of either out here on the Front Range.

    Cheers!
    Ash

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