The vintage vibe is alive and well at Lakeview Fruit in Caldwell, as it should be. Once a gas station in the 1930s and 40s, a local fruit grower bought it in the 70s and built the fruit stand, which he ran until his death in the 1990s. Three years ago local natives Tom Baxter and Chad Henggeler bought the property and did a complete remodel, including changing parking flow, adding coolers and enclosing the open sides.
“We grow almost all the fruit we sell,” says co-owner Baxter. “We have 125 acres of peaches – stone fruits grow really well in the area because of the heat, they get really sugary.”
The only fruit they bring in are berries, which they source locally from Wilder and Eastern Oregon.
In addition to the fruit, Lakeview also grows sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, summer squash, pumpkins, carrots and beets. As a matter of fact, the fruit stand actually looks out over a big beet field, giving it the perfect farm feel. But, as Baxter explains, “people come for the fruit.” Their fruit is so beloved, in fact, that they sell wholesale peaches to many stands in Eastern Idaho and Montana.
In order for customers to be able to do one-stop shopping, Lakeview also offers local bread, meat, eggs and cheese. They even offer their own coffee roast out of Riggins, as well as gourmet dried apples from Weiser.
“A real local favorite is our fresh apple cider that we make in the fall,” says Baxter. “People come from all around to get their hands on that!”
Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM Sat-Sun 10AM-5PM Lakeview Fruits is typically open seven days a week July 1-October 31.
We are open through October, the end of October. Last year, we opened the first 2 weekends of November to continue cider and apple sales. I am not sure if that is the plan this year, but we will post about it if so. I would say July-October is our 4 month season.