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SIMONIAN FARMS
Roadside Fruit Farm as Museum

central valley California travel driedn fruit and nuts photoSo you’re driving down the road to somewhere, or no destination in partcular and you pass a lpace that makes you say what the heck is that. You don’t stop because they don’t have a big sign telling you what it is. But the maybe next time you pass, you’ll stop. The Simonian Farms on Clovis Ave. (see Old Town Clovis) on the outskirts fresno simonian fruit farm antique tractors photoof Frenso, California doesn’t have a big sign, they have old tractors, a steam shovel and gas station signs, railroad ties and fruit. In 1901 Armenian immigrant Bagdasar Simonian and his family began farming in the San Joaquin Valley and their roadside fruitstand has become over time a charming personal museum of 100 years of family farm memorabilia and collectible, with one of the largest collections of antique farm equipment in California, inculding 35 restored steel wheeled antique tractors.

antique bicycles family travel photoAs a business, this family-run farm is uniquely one-of-a-kind in growing and selling direct over 100 varieties of fruits and vegitables. Cherries, peaches, grapes, figs, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, almonds, walnuts, are just a few that are grown on the farm and displayed in the roadside market amongst a fascination display of old mannequins, bicycles, porcelain signs, and even a model train which steams along a track over and around the displays of fresh and dried goods in tantalizing abundance. And tasting is allowed. To find this curious place take the Clovis Avenue exit from California Highway 99 south of Fresno for about 4 miles north, or Jenson Avenue west. The will also gladly ship their products with gift packages from their catalogue.© Bargain Travel West

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