Guliano’s fruit and vegetable store in Madera County may not rival the well-known Casa de Fruta in Hollister, but owner Julie Nonini hopes that her newly opened business may one day become a hotspot for travelers.
Located at 13233 Highway 41, about 10 minutes north of Fresno’s River Park shopping center, Guliano’s is the region’s newest fruit stand and specialty store. Built in a Tuscan style, the shop’s entrance features a rustic arbor and several olive trees.
Nonini has stocked the store with a little bit of everything for the hungry traveler headed to Yosemite or commuters wanting something for dinner. Along with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are pasta and pasta sauces, cheese, salami, pesto and beverages.
Lined along the outside walls are baskets filled with oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, onions, bell peppers, potatoes, apples, pomegranates and kiwi. The plan is to have most of the fruits and vegetables come from the family farm. Nonini’s husband Martin is the farmer.
As the seasons change, the stand will bring in tree fruit, including peaches, plums and nectarines. Also on hand are several types of dried fruit.
A local author and baker, Karen Adler, is supplying homemade butter toffee wafer made in different flavors — macadamia, coconut, blueberry, almond and strawberry.
“It is so good, we sell out every time she brings it in,” Nonini said.
For the home cooks, Guliano’s has created its own line of aged balsamic vinegar and flavored vinegar. The store will also sell infused olive oils from T-Roxel’s Bistro Blends in Fowler. The oils come in several flavors, including Meyer lemon, Italian herb, and blood orange.
On the weekends, the fruit stand features barbecue made by Strib Wings. The store includes several of their products, such as barbecue and hot sauces and dry rubs.
Nonini said she is also looking into hosting several food trucks, adding a wine tasting room and grassy area for weary travelers.
The store is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.