Hadley Fruit Orchards

Californian | Candy Shop | Roadside Stand | Soda Fountain | Vegetarian
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Long ago, when California was considered exotic and paradisaical, dates were an emblem of its appeal. Grown in the stately palm groves of the Coachella Valley, the luxury fruit inspired a drink that has gone beyond the desert and has been embraced by all of Southern California: the date shake. As if an ordinary milk shake weren’t sweet and creamy-rich enough, chopped dates blended in with the ice cream make this beverage more sumptuous than manna itself. Some of the best date shakes in the area are made just off I-10 at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard. Loaded with bits of fruit, these prodigious drinks are thick and barely suckupable, especially when you get a hunk of date stuck in the straw. They are available in regular, large, and giant sizes, the last as devastating as a pint of superpremium ice cream. For further enrichment, bananas may be included in the shake.

Hadley company history says that Paul Hadley is the man who invented trail mix – “a nutritious snack food to sustain hikers in the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains.” Hadley’s original trail mix includes Ruby raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, and cashews. It is available salted and not, raw or roasted, and in more modern variations that include a spicy/hot combo, an Aztec mix with chocolate dots and an “Orient meets West” mix that features crispy green peas and sesame sticks.

Hadley’s spiffy new location just off the interstate features a small cafe that adjoins a giant provisions store. The cafe menu includes not only date shakes but a repertoire of sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads. Among the panini is a unique version of the Fluffernutter. In addition to traditional marshmallow Fluff and chunky peanut butter (Hadley’s own), it contains a layer of Nutella. Grilling melds ingredients together and creates a supremely messy sandwich that is very, very delicious.

What to Eat
Hadley Fruit Orchards, Trail Mix
Trail Mix
Must-Try
The original trail mix, a Hadley's invention
Hadley Fruit Orchards, Medjool Dates
Medjool Dates
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Hadley's has a nice variety of dates, all boxed up, ready to go.
Hadley Fruit Orchards, Date Shake
Date Shake
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The pulpiest date shake, crowded with little nuggets of fruit
Hadley Fruit Orchards, Fluffernutter
Fluffernutter
Must-Try
Fluffernutter plus. Hadley's version adds Nutella to the Fluff and peanut butter and grills the sandwich, panini-style.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 7pm
Monday8am - 7pm
Tuesday8am - 7pm
Wednesday8am - 7pm
Thursday8am - 7pm
Friday8am - 7pm
Saturday8am - 7pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 152 MILES | 3 hr 3 min

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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