Living in the Central Valley has loads of perks, but one of the best things is the abundance of fresh fruits, veggies and organic meats year round! I personally buy a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from The Farmer’s Daughter. The Famer’s Daughter is a working family farm practicing the highest quality control and organic farming in Kingsburg, CA. Their products are delicious and ordering is simple using the online CSA form. All the products come directly from their farm or other small, local farmers. There is no monthly commitment and they even offer a customized “box” which I take advantage of every week!
“Fresno residents are fortunate to have this cathedral – like structure devoted to fresh local produce.”
Executive Chef, Founder, and Owner of Chez Panisse
I also purchase a monthly bag of grass-fed, hormone free beef and other meat from a local farm in Sanger, CA called Page River Bottom Farms. Their “goal is to grow healthy, grass-fed meat and eggs for ourselves and our neighbors. Our animals get no antibiotics. We use no pesticides or hormones. Our animals are treated gently and with love and respect, and with gratitude for the lives they give, so that we and members of our community can be healthy.” The beef and other meat tastes amazing as well. Trust me, you will never want to buy pork chops in the store again or ground beef once you’ve tasted their products. The Engineer and I hardly even use seasoning anymore – just a little salt and pepper is all you need, it’s THAT good.
If a CSA box of produce or a CSA bag of meats seem like too big of a commitment, there are Farmer’s Markets happening multiple nights per week in both the Fresno and Clovis area that you could check out in the meantime. They are another great way to sample seasonal goods and support small, local farms. My favorite is the Vineyard Farmer’s Market on Blackstone and Shaw. They are open Wednesdays 3-6pm and Saturdays 7am-noon. There are usually over 20 vendors selling everything from fresh flowers and honey to organic, conventional and prepared foods. The quality is amazing and there is something unique about meeting our farmers’ families and putting a face to our food. The Fresno food truck scene is also a frequent highlight at some of the Farmer’s Markets, so go hungry and support those too! Here are a few other popular local Farmer’s Markets to check out:
Old Town Clovis Farmers Market
Fridays 5:30 to 9 p.m May- September
Saturdays 7am to 11:00am Year-Round
Pollasky Ave. & 5th St.
Riverpark Farmers Market
Tuesdays from 5p.m.- 9 p.m May- September
Located in North Fresno at Blackstone & Nees Ave
Park Place Farmers Market
Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm Year-Round
Located at Park Place Shopping Center at Palm and Nees in North Fresno
Free Parking and Admission.
Manchester Shopping Center Farmers Market
Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.- Open Year-Round.
Located in the southwest corner of Manchester Center.
Kaiser Permanente – Fresno Medical Center Farmers Market
Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -March through November
Wednesdays 9a.m. to 1:30p.m.- December through February
7300 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA, 93720
Market on Kern
Wednesdays 10 am – 2 pm May 31st- Oct 31st
Kern & M. St.
What fruits and veggies do you buy organic?
Have you visited any of the Farmer’s Markets listed above? Which one is your favorite?