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Locally Sourced Foods & Fun Events on the 2016 Fresno County Fruit Trail

Jun 20, 2016 12:47PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

The 2016 Fresno County Fruit Trail Map, courtesy of the Fruit Trail Website.

The Fresno County Fruit Trail consists of local area Farmer's Markets that provide seasonal, locally sourced fruits, veggies, and more. 

Photo courtesy of the Fruit Trail Website.

The Opening Ceremony of the 13th season was held on May 26th, and many local area farmers and store owners attended the celebration. This marks the beginning of regular Farmer's Markets, festivals, and events that celebrate local farming and resources. 

For the full list of upcoming events, visit their events page

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning “customer,” the welcoming community within the Fruit Trail invites anyone to experience the bounty produced by Fresno County family farmers and enjoy the rural communities.

Every year in agriculture has its challenges -- some years more so than others. This is one of those years! The ongoing drought has had an impact on many of Fresno County crops. Tree fruits, in particular, may be earlier than usual and may have smaller crops, depending on variety. Apricots and cherries may be in shorter supply this year.

Rest assured, the Fruit Trail farmers will still have a great selection of fresh produce available for you to enjoy here or to take home. To get updates, they will be provided on the Fruit Trail website and Twitter @GoFruitTrail throughout the season, but they also recommend that you contact your favorite stand before you plan your trip to make sure you hit the perfect time to buy that special fruit variety you’re looking for.

Read more about the ongoing drought and farm water usage here.

Although the Fruit Trail farmers work hard to help keep on-farm prices lower than traditional outlets, prices this year may fluctuate, reflecting increased production costs, such as water and energy.

This trail is a self-guided tour through California's agriculture heartland and was created through a partnership between the elected and civic leaders and the farmers in Eastern Fresno County. The Fruit Trail celebrates the beauty, flavor and culture of this region. It is bursting with orchards full of ripe fruit literally bursting with flavor, Nature's best, California Grown, from the leading agricultural county in the world.

Visit Fruit Trail Members and local Farmers Markets and find the freshest of fruit and other delectable produce. What makes their produce so special is the quality of what is grown and the pride the farmers take in selling their products directly to the consumer.
There are also plenty of hometown festivals and events offering unique experience steeped in our agriculture traditions. Museums and attractions will both entertain and educate. 

To learn more about the festivals and events on the Fruit Trail, visit their website.  

Fruit Trail organizers include Fresno County and the Cities and Chambers of Commerce of Clovis, Fowler, Kingsburg, Reedley, Sanger, and Selma. 

This Fresno County Fruit Trail guide map was made possible with the support of the Fruit Trail members and the following sponsors: Fresno County Office of Tourism, City of Clovis, City of Fowler, City of Kingsburg, City of Reedley, City of Sanger, City of Selma, UC Cooperative Extension – Fresno, Fresno Grizzlies, The California Strawberry Commission and the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Content & photos courtesy of the Fruit Trail Website
For more information please contact the Fresno County Fruit Trail at (559) 600-4271.