Photographer's Note

Casa de Fruta is a large roadside attraction located in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County, just west of the Merced County line, in the Pacheco Valley of Northern California.

Casa de Fruta was founded as an orchard in 1908, by the Bisceglia brothers, who were Italian immigrants. Three teenaged grand-nephews of the first owner of the orchard opened a roadside cherry stand in 1943, and eventually sold other fruits. In 1967 the remaining two grand-nephews opened a restaurant, Casa de Coffee, gas station, Casa de Diesel, children's playground (including Casa de Choo-Choo, a miniature train for children to ride), and gift shop. Casa de Fruta today includes a Good Sampark RV resort, inn, Casa de Sweets, and Casa de Wine. Even the bathrooms in the Chevron Gas Station are called Casa de Restrooms. It is also the current home of the Northern California Renaissance Faire, which takes place in September and October each year.The locale was known to American Indians and was first written about when Spanish missionaries discovered the artesian well there in the 1790s. The water source was popular during the Gold Rush.

We generally drive from Phoenix to San Francisco three times a years. Many times we stop here to buy fruit and nuts as well as something to eat while there. They constantly change their motif and I have pictures of scenes from various holidays. This covers several acres and is an extremely popular place for tourists and locals. It is not uncommon to stop here and find a number of school buses bringing children here on an outing. It is about 700 miles (1100 Km) from where I live..

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