Find art, fruit & wine at one stop in Palisade
Anita Hicks may not know your name, but she’ll remember your face if you’ve visited Anita’s Pantry and Produce at least once. Customers recently flowed in and out of her stand — located at 3480 E Road in Palisade — to buy corn, fruit and more. Each one was greeted with a smile by Hicks, then introduced to each other.
“People have come back year after year,” Hicks said. “It’s heart-warming.”
Hicks opened Anita’s Pantry and Produce three years ago. She’s additionally co-owner of Palisade Fruit and Wine Byway’s newest stand — Anita’s Fruit Stand, Leaning Dog Art Gallery and Wine Tasting (3819 G Road, Palisade) — which opened about a year ago.
“We thought wine, fruit and art are an unstoppable combination,” said Ellen Wilson, Hick’s partner.
The pair opened their stand last summer to showcase not only the fruits of their labor, but also Grand Valley artists (including John Anglum, Kathy Davis and Terry Snyder), and wine by Avant Vineyards (3480 E Road, Palisade). A glass of wine costs $5 and a bottle ranges from $9-25.
“I run across talented people [artists] in their garages who love to do it,” Wilson said. “Having a lower commission for the art gallery helps build a sense of community and gives everyone an opportunity for their stuff to be seen.”
The store is additionally home to fruit and vegetables from Anita’s Pantry and Produce.
ABOUT THE OWNERS
Wilson grew up in Seattle, Wash., and moved to the Grand Valley in 1993 to be closer to family. Together they purchased an orchard and now grow organic peaches. Wilson is also an artist, creating large abstract paintings.
Hicks relocated from the Front Range in 1999 and met Wilson more than a decade ago as a customer.
Anita’s Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until late fall. It sells peaches from Hicks’ properties, melons from Green River, Utah or Rocky Ford, Colo., corn from Okagawa Farm in Orchard Mesa, pears from Clark’s Family Orchard, and more.
Anita’s Fruit Stand, Leaning Dog Art Gallery and Wine Tasting is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 1 through Oct. 1 (or longer depending on weather).
“All of us fruit stands get along,” Hicks said. “I don’t consider any of them competition at all.”
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