While apricots were the delicacy of the day for Eloise patients in 1935 the prune was vying for supremacy as well. So popular were the dried fruits that Supt. Gruber ordered 15,000 pounds that year to feed the nearly 9,500 holiday attendees in the various houses of Eloise. The seven and a half tons of fruit was expected to last a mere three months. No wonder they started farming.