More than 50 varieties of the central San Joaquin Valley's tastiest tree fruit will be available at the Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee in Clovis on Saturday.
The seventh annual event showcases what makes the Valley one of the nation's premier producers of tree fruit. The region's family farmers grow hundreds of varieties from old-time favorites to hybrids like the aprium, a cross between a plum and apricot.
The jubilee brings together nearly a dozen Valley farmers who will showcase their plum, pluot, apricot, aprium, peach and nectarine varieties.
Held at the 10-acre Mokichi Okada Association's Oasis Garden in Clovis, the event is expected to draw about 3,000 people, including a growing number of out-of-town visitors.
"As more people hear about the jubilee, we are seeing people from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and the Central Coast," says Tara Hamilton, one of the event organizers and co-owner of Organic Fresno.
Visitors will be allowed to sample fruit, talk with the farmers who grew it and buy their favorite varieties. Also, you can tour the oasis garden's farm, listen to live music, learn how to make jam, attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony and, of course, eat lots of food. A children's craft corner also will be available.
Several of Fresno's well-known food makers will create specialty dishes using peaches, plums or nectarines.
Food vendors include La Boulangerie Bakery, Organic Fresno, La Reina de Michoacan, Casa de Tamales, Chicken Pie Shop, Mattie's Wood Fired Pizza and the Dusty Buns Bistro Bus.
Liz Sanchez, co-owner of Casa de Tamales, will create a sweet and spicy peach salsa to top her pork tamales along with a cinnamon peach sauce for her sweet masa tamales. She says she likes working with fresh fruit ingredients. Her customers seemed to like the results.
"The event was huge last year and I think every vendor was pretty much sold-out," Sanchez says. "So if you really like tree fruit, this is a great event."
Hamilton plans to offer stone fruit ice tea and lemonade at the event. Others will incorporate peaches, plums and nectarines on everything from pizza to pastries.
Farmer David Boldt of Parlier welcomes the public's interest in learning more about his family's fruit. He says events like the jubilee offer consumers an opportunity to experience new varieties of tree fruit or buy a bag full of their favorites.
Boldt plans to bring several varieties including Showtime, a tart-skinned plum with a very sweet flesh; Black Splendor, a black-skinned plum with deep red flesh; Ice Princess, a white-flesh peach that is slightly crunchy; and Bright Princess, a high-acid, yellow-fleshed fruit with a classic peach flavor.
Boldt sells his fruit through outlets such as T & D Willey Farms in Madera.
"For me, it is great to make that connection with consumers," Boldt says. "And I think people are looking for that."
If you go
Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Mokichi Okada Association's Oasis Garden, 5790 N. Indianola Ave. in Clovis. Cost: $5 for adults, children younger than 12 get in free. Details: eco-farm.org
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