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Sunday, June 19, 2016

THERE ARE fruit stands AND THEN THERE ARE FRUIT STANDS



Driving along rural Route 34 near Corvallis, Oregon one passes by a fruit stand that you cannot help but observe. Its main attraction, at least for me, is its size with hand painted art work on the structures along with painted lettering found on most exterior surfaces. 

Yesterday I was driving Rt 34 and decided to stop and and take some photos. I had not stopped at Jim's Fruit stand, as it is called, since I lived here for a few years in the early 1990s. 




I found full sized art jumping out from the building surfaces everywhere I looked. 



More art above. . . .


Jamie, who works at the stand mentioned that the original owner sold the business many years ago but then bought it back -- and has owned it to this day. How old is Jim's Fruit stand? At least 25 years old but probably more. 





A red barn dominates structures on the property. All the hand lettering attracts folks to stop at the fruit stand. 



Bunches of various flowers and vegetables 
wander throughout the property. 



Hollyhocks are in full bloom right now at Jim's. Fruit and/or vegetable stands come in different sizes and textures offering a multitude of offerings. I have noticed other smaller stands in my area -- I'll have to stop at some of them 
and have a good look around. 

11 comments:

  1. Love the holly Hawks and the roadside signs, and art all over the place.

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    1. Barbara -- Summer abundance I call it. Gardens around here are flourishing! My little community garden is doing well. Looks like your flowers are doing well also! -- barbara

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  2. Of course you had to stop. And I'm glad you did! I love Jamie's hat.

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    1. Vicki -- You know Jamie's hat caught my eye too. I love to see folks that feel comfortable dressing a bit off beat! -- thanks barbara

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  3. When people from the USA do something, they do it in a big way :-)
    Nice to see it still going strong.

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    1. visualnorway -- Sometimes "a big way" happens and the owners go a bit overboard. I would say that most local fruit and vegetable stands are small and open only if they have enough to sell. So really one gets a potpourri of stands -- large ones being the exception. I feel that these rural stands with one product to sell to several items, that are raised nearby, are great for folks that love fresh food and knowing where they were grown. Today at our little local co-op I noticed fruit from Mexico, Canada and Argentina -- how fresh are these fruits considering transportation time. Does Norway have farm stands? -- thanks -- barbara

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    2. We do, but only small scale ones and very seasonal: Strawberries, plums, apples etc etc as the case may be.

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  4. How interesting, and what a grand scale! It seems to me that here in northern New Englad that fruit stands are not so grand, and probably not as abundant...just as our mountains, for the most part are not as grand as those of the western US...Has Jamie seen his portrait? Fantastic!

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    1. Rita -- Jamie has not seen his photo online yet. Jim's fruit stand is an exception to fruit stand's sizes. Most of those I have seen are quite a bit smaller. thanks -- barbara

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  5. Truly special. Reminds me I should post photos of some murals I saw in Seattle.

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    1. Hattie -- Would love to see your mural photos! -- barbara

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