•This is where you’ll find direct-from-the farm fruits and vegetables
The central San Joaquin Valley’s seasonal farmers markets are gearing up for another season. From Madera to Tulare counties, the markets will be selling fruits, nuts, vegetables and homemade products to an increasing number of customers. Nationwide, the farmers market movement has grown over the last several years. In 2014, there were 8,268 farmers’ markets operating, up 180% since 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In the central San Joaquin Valley, the region’s farmers markets offer plenty of produce along with entertainment, specialty foods and crafts. So as the weather gets warmer get ready for some of your favorite tree fruit, berries and summer vegetables.
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•Bass Lake Farmers Market
When: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. May 13 through October.
Details: (559) 642-6161
The Bass Lake market focuses on farm fresh produce, along with specialty items including honey, extra virgin olive oil and homemade jams. Live entertainment also is featured.
•The Marketplace at El Paseo Farmers Market
When: 7 a.m. to noon. Saturdays. May 2 through September.
Details: (559) 994-9292
This new market will include fresh fruits and vegetables, along with live entertainment, and activities for children, including pony rides. The market will start off with 20 to 25 vendors and grow from there, organizers said.
•Kingsburg Farmers Market
When: 5-9 p.m. Thursdays. May 14 through end of August
Details: (559) 859-1722
Farm fresh fruits, vegetables and locally made cheese, raw honey, blueberries, and olive oil, are among the goods that will be sold at the Kingsburg farmers market. Market manager Daren Hess said that market will also coincide with Kingsburg’s summer band concerts.
•Neighborhood Farmers Market
When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Begins May 9.
This downtown farmers market provides a steady supply of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
•The Market on Kern in Fresno
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. May 6 through Oct. 28.
Details: (559) 490-9966
The downtown market features a variety of vegetables, tree fruit, berries, citrus, food vendors and arts and crafts items.
•Oakhurst Farmers Market
When: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. May 7 through October.
Shoppers of this foothills market can find cut flowers, fresh eggs, fruit preserves, honey, herbs, bread, produce, olive oil and artisan goods.
•Old Town Clovis Farmers Market
When: 5:30-9 p.m. Fridays. May 8 through Sept. 25
Details: (559) 298-5774
The Old Town Clovis farmers market, one of the Valley’s oldest and largest seasonal venues, provides a little bit of everything: fresh fruits, vegetables, farm fresh eggs, nuts, grass fed beef, food vendors, live crabs and entertainment.
•River Park Farmers Market in Fresno
When: 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays until Oct. 27.
Details: (559) 994-9292
River Park Farmers Market continues to maintain its focus on locally grown and organic food by offering produce from many vendors selling grapes, tree fruit, berries, vegetables and grass-fed meats.
•Reedley Farmers Market
When: 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays. May 20 through Aug. 19.
Details: (559) 638-5484
Centered in one of the premier tree fruit growing regions of the state, the Reedley market is known for its abundance of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots. Also a big draw at the beginning of the season are the growing number of berry farmers who will be showcasing their crop of blueberries, blackberries and boysenberries.
•Thursday Night Market Place in Hanford
When: 5:30-9 p.m. May 7 through Sept. 24.
Details: (559) 582-9457
With nearly 100 vendors, the market offers a huge variety of farm fresh produce including peaches, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, squash, onions and spinach. The market is also known for its food vendors that sell: pulled pork sandwiches, roasted corn on the cob, pizza, funnel cakes with strawberries and tri-tip sandwiches. Also, there will be pony rides, bounce houses and live music.
•Downtown Visalia Farmers Market
When: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, through end of September
Details: (559) 804-8372
The Visalia market offers a large selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with canned items including jams, jellies and pickled items. Vendors also sell baked goods, including breads and muffins. The market also has live music, children’s entertainment and arts and crafts vendors.
• The Vineyard Farmers Market,Blackstone and Shaw avenues in Fresno
. Open Saturday mornings, 7 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.
• Kaiser Permanente Fresno Farmers Market,7300 N. Fresno St
. Open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Kristina’s Natural Ranch Market,761 E. Barstow in Fresno
. Open Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon.
• Visalia Farmers Market, Sears parking lot,Mooney Blvd. and Caldwell Avenue
. Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Manchester Center Farmers Market,1901 E. Shields Ave. in Fresno
. Open Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: (559) 260-2915
• Old Town Clovis Farmers Market,Pollasky and Bullard avenues
. Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.