Discover Real Farm-to-Table Fresh in Fresno County
By MEGAN EILEEN McDONOUGH
Fresno County's reputation for great-tasting wines and farm-to-table fare is well deserved, but it’s the region’s rich soil that is truly praiseworthy. Fresno County has some of the country's most diverse agriculture, which is good news for foodies. Every month there's a new crop to harvest, from various lettuce varieties in the spring to stone fruit and cantaloupe in the summer. So, whether touring the vineyards or indulging in a decadent dinner downtown, you’ll taste the freshness of Fresno County in every bite.
Agritourism Trails for Every Interest, From Fruit to Wine
If you've never heard of the Fresno County Fruit Trail, then you're in for a real treat. The county's Fruit Trail farmers always have a vast selection of delicious fresh fruit and nuts for sale. In total, there are 33 Fruit Trail members (including associate members) open for business, so take your pick. Simonian Farms is a fourth-generation farm with one of the area’s largest selections of nuts and dried fruit. Alternatively, swing by Blossom Bluff Orchards for hand-picked certified organic peaches, plums, nectarines and more.
In the mood for a little vino? Fresno County has many vineyards producing wonderful tasting wines of every variety to satisfy your craving. For a truly immersive wine-tasting experience, head to Twin Rivers, an agriculturally rich region between the Kings and San Joaquin rivers. Once here, you'll have your pick of 11 wineries, two breweries and two retail tasting rooms, all of which are locally owned establishments. In fact, the majority of these businesses are family-operated as well. With award-winning wine, beer and gorgeous vistas to boot, it’s a win-win for everyone.
One-Stop Shops for Fresh Food and Friendly Faces
Fresno County's farmers’ markets are some of the best in California. There are several spread across Fresno and Clovis, including Vineyard Farmers Market on West Shaw Avenue. Farmers here sell locally grown fruits and vegetables and herbs—as in, grown within two hours driving distance of Fresno.
If you're visiting Fresno County in spring or summer, make sure to stop by the Old Town Clovis Farmers Market, open May through September, making it a fun-filled evening with friends. This farmers market provides farm fresh fruits and veggies as well as merchandise made by local vendors. If you're visiting with the family and have young children, head straight to the Kid Zone, where there are bounce houses, a crafts area or hang out on a bench and enjoy some live music and dancing.
Another one of Fresno County's top markets is Kristina’s Natural Ranch Market on Barstow Avenue. This brick-and-mortar store has been serving the Central San Joaquin Valley for more than 30 years, making it quite a local institution. In addition to stocking up on organic produce, customers will also find an array of health products including vitamins, supplements and even natural beauty products.
Farm-to-Fork Fare at a Few of Fresno County’s Best Eateries
After visiting a few farms yourself, the next step is indulging in Fresno County’s farm-to-table fare. Whether celebrating a special occasion or winding down after an action-packed day of exploration, School House Restaurant & Tavern does not disappoint. All produce is seasonally fresh and locally sourced to add to the incredible dining experience. Try one of their one-of-a-kind cocktails; made from only the freshest ingredients available, including mint and basil that is picked right from their herb garden. For something light, try their Wedge Salad, or, opt for their delectable Day Boat Scallops with parsnip puree, butter glazed onions, and a Cabernet thyme jus.
For fine dining, book a table at Trelio Restaurant in Old Town Clovis. The restaurant and wine bar has become synonymous with local, high-quality cuisine since 2006. As refined as its upscale decor is, it's the flavorful food that steals the show. In true farm-to-fork fashion, their menu changes daily to reflect the in-season fare…and as one might imagine, the recipes are excitingly inventive.
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