Monday, October 22, 2012

Antique Farm Equipment Galore!

I recently showed you photos of the Halloween Display at Casa de Fruta. I just love visiting that place. It is on Highway 152, aka Pacheco Pass, and it connects Hwy 101 to Interstate 5 in central California. Or, for me, Los Banos to Gilroy. I pass this adorable roadside stop every time I make the trip, which can be several times in a week.
I have been wanting to catch Casa de Fruta at that magical time when the sun is not directly overhead and the light is warmer. If you ever have a chance to visit, be sure to walk around (when you are done with your shopping!), there is so much to see. The views are incredible and there are plenty of opportunities to quietly relax.
My main focus for this visit was photographing all of the cool farming equipment. Did you know that Silicon Valley and surrounding areas have a rich agricultural history? And that many of the areas are still very agricultural? You don't need to go far outside the big city to see this. Heck, I have a cotton field at each end of my street, lol!

Here is a water wheel display, one of two that I know of there. This is right outside of the fruit shop and there are cafe tables set up all around. Its fun to watch it spin.

Water wheel, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
 I have loved photographing the gears lately. My kids are into steampunk so I think they are rubbing off on me a bit.

Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta

I don't even know what this is. I like to think it is transporting grapes to be crushed into wine :)

Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta

Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta

Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta

Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta

Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta
Antique farm equipment, Casa de Fruta

The views of the Diablo Range mountains are just incredible.
Casa de Fruta
Wine tasting, Casa de Fruta
 Casa de Fruta

A scarecrow (scarecrow-ette?), Casa de Fruta
Peacocks at Casa de Fruta
 I had some company again. I love that they were so relaxed around me.

Peacock at Casa de Fruta
Peacock at Casa de Fruta

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