The river Rhine delivered for a long time the clay that was used to bake stones bricks from. Along the Lower Rhine alone there were almost a hundred brick factories, of which now-a-days only a few have survived. Some closed in the last decades, some already earlier. Sometimes the factories are left, slowly deteriorating in the river bed and falling apart. Often the high chimney is blown up, to prevent an unexpected collapse.
Driving along the dike of Driel you will see them several times. Large signs, often in the form of fruit, that tell where, when and especially which fruits are to be bought here. In a farmhouse down the dike or somewhere else, one can buy fresh fruits straight from the tree gardens and against low prices. Driel has a tradition of fruits and not for nothing the yearly harvesting festivities draw many people to the village. Highlight of them is the elction of the cherry queen in the season.