Took a drive to Oasis Date Gardens in Thermal,Ca. to sample a date shake and see the surrounding agricultural area on a beautiful Sunday. Nice place, actually adjacent to date groves. The date shake was about $4 and 2" above the rim of the cup, made with date puree and soft serve ice cream then blended. Taste was mild in date flavor, and the soft serve did no favors compared to rich regular ice cream. All date shakes are good, as this one was, but there are better examples available. Though we did not try one, we observed folks eating sandwiches freshly made there and they looked very promising. They have a very nice grass park area next to the shop to consume sammies and shakes, in amongst palm trees and plenty of picnic tables. A very desirable place to take a day trip from the Palm Springs/Desert area, about an 45 min. drive(not on the freeway, enjoy the scenery!). They also sell the normal curios and souveneirs, and of course dates! They have free samples of about 10 varieties of dates, and those are all sold in various quantities. We bought an 11lb. box of recent harvest Medjools($34) for xmas gifts. They also have some date butters, cookies, bread etc. Great way to spend a couple of hours when visiting the Coachella Valley.
Oasis Date Gardens website: http://www.oasisdate.com/