Country Farms Quik Stop, now open for dining and confections. Photo by Marshall Smith

Jim and Sandi Fulcher, owners of Country Farms on Highway 243, recently opened their second Idyllwild store, the Country Farms Quik Stop near the Rustic Theatre.

“We opened on the 15th [Friday, March 15],” said Jim, proudly showing off his lighted menu board. Although small in square footage, there are many edible delights to choose from at Quik Stop.

In addition to a broad selection of sandwiches, soups, and gelatos, Sandi was enthusiastic about a dessert item she found at a food trade show that she hopes will appeal to Idyllwild customers with certain food allergies — a whey based soft serve, made with fresh pineapple, that is vegan and lactose and gluten free. She recounted that she had already eaten when, at the food show, she was asked to sample this dessert. “I couldn’t stop eating it,” she said.

The Fulchers want their second business to be a place for locals to eat at their outdoor tables or to take out quality food. They’re currently open seven days a week.