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Tanka Spotlight: Hadley Fruit Orchards
By Jenice Johnson, marketing manager

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Since our launch in October 2007 we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers we decided we needed to share their unique stories. If you'd like to be featured, or if you'd like to nominate a Tanka retailer for a story, please contact Jenice Johnson at

RETAILER: Hadley Fruit Orchards

PERSON INTERVIEWED: Alicia Bates, assistant manager

LOCATION: 48980 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA 92230

From the Hadley Fruit Orchards website: "Hadley Fruit Orchards was founded by Paul and Peggy Hadley in 1931 in Banning, California. Their neighbors were the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. According to members of the Morongo tribe, Paul Hadley often provided tribal members with fruit and dates, fostering a rapport with Hadley Fruit Orchards that remains to this day..."


Tanka Bar: What makes your business special?

Alicia Bates: We have different selections. We carry items that are not like everyone else's and we look for special products.

TB: Can you tell me something fun or interesting about your community/town?

AB: It's a small community but very united. Everyone works together. The Morongo helps a lot of organizations and schools. They always put in an effort to give people what they need and they support various events. Our store sponsors the police and fire departments when they ask for help as well as high schools.

TB: What do your customers think about Tanka products?

AB: We get very good feedback from customers and they come back and buy them in boxes. It's so different -- the mix of sweetness and good flavors.

TB: Are there any other interesting comments you would want to add about your business?

AB: Our business ships out of the country and we have unique items. We are not a big store but a very special store.


The Morongo Band of Mission Indians bought the Hadley Fruit Orchard stores in July of 1999.

The Morongo Reservation was one of nine small reservations set aside by President Grant by executive order in 1865.

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