Favourite Places: Jones Family Fruit Stall
Located about 5km southwest of Cromwell town, travelers heading to Queenstown will invariably come upon Jones Family Fruit Stall. Plenty of stone fruits like peaches and nectarines are sold here. But I would usually head for their selection of nuts and honey, which can you can also try for free. My favourite? Their Pohutukawa honey, which, oddly enough, has a hint of lychee in it.
If ice cream is your fancy, they have fruits ice cream and you can choose to have fruits like blueberries and strawberries, blended into your ice cream.
On the side of the stall (actually it’s more of a shop than a stall), is a new range of delicious fruit wines, aptly named 7th Heaven. As I was driving, I merely took a sip (alright, 2 large sips) and I find the wines bursting with the taste of summer fruits.
But that’s not why I’m writing about Jones’s Fruit Stall. Anybody can sell fruits and wine. With a smile, even.
The appeal and success of Jones’ is founded on the people that own and run it. I’ve met the matron, Mrs Jones, many years ago, and she’s a genuinely friendly person. These days, I get to meet her daughter, Katrina more. She seemed to have picked up on the Jones family trait of genuine warmth and hospitality. I don’t buy a lot from them, but often Katrina will slipped an apple or two into my grocery bag – they don’t cost a fortune, but it’s the small things that count. Customers here are made to feel more like family guests, not ATMs. This is further exemplified by a rose garden, built just so that visitors can enjoy when they’re not shopping.
I’ll visit Jones Family Fruit Stall again, for sure. Yay!