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14th Annual Fresno County Fruit Trail – Fresh, Local, Delicious

Opening Ceremony on May 23rd showcases trail offerings and celebrates Fresno County Agriculture

The fabulous 14th season of the Fresno County Fruit Trail is off to an early harvest in 2017. Farm Stands and Stores are already featuring the very best fresh picked strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines to the delight of the fruit loving public. On Tuesday, May 23rd at 10:00 am, the award winning Trail will put on a celebratory opening ceremony of the 14th season of delicious fruit, hometown festivals, and old fashioned foodie-friendly hospitality for visitors and locals alike. The 2017 Fresno County Fruit Trail welcomes visitors to experience fresh, local and delicious produce direct from the farm.

The opening ceremony and media reception for the Fruit Trail will be held at Simonian Farms located at 2629 S. Clovis Avenue in Fresno, CA. This 4th generation family farm grows over 180 varieties of fruits & vegetables available in the historic farm store. Simonian Farms Old Town, a family friendly attraction featuring a western themed town and general store, will serve as a backdrop for the opening ceremony, which includes colorful displays from Fresno County Fruit Trail members showcasing the diverse product offerings found along the trail.

The beginning of Fruit Trail season also brings festivals, cultural events and seasonal farmers markets. Visitors will enjoy the tradition and small town hospitality of such events as the 51st Annual Kingsburg Swedish Festival (May 18th – 20th), Old Town Clovis’ Farmers Market (open every Friday through September 29th), and the 11th Annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee (June 24th).

The Fresno County Fruit Trail is similar to a wine trail, and features a drive through the countryside with stops permitting visitors to taste and purchase the very best local produce fresh from the farm. The Trail is a cooperative public private partnership bringing together the County of Fresno, partner cities, member stops, and trail partners. Now in its 14th year the Fresno County Fruit Trail is excited to “Open the Trail” increasing visibility of and visitors to its cities and farms. With the addition of three new Trail members (Olson Family Farms, Ramos Torres Winery and the Mennonite Quilt Center), the 2017 season continues to be a true collaborative effort encompassing central and eastern Fresno County cities, as well as local farmers markets, heritage and cultural attractions, unique one-of-a-kind hometown festivals and special events. Fresno County Fruit Trail visitors can find updated trail information online at www.gofruittrail.com or follow the Fruit Trail on Twitter (@gofruittrail), allowing visitors and local fruit lovers easy access to the latest news on trail offerings and available fresh produce. Fruit Trail maps can be found online, at member stands/stores and at several chambers of commerce and visitor centers throughout eastern Fresno County.

Fruit Trail Displays at the Fresno County Fruit Trail Opening Ceremony will include:

Simonian Farms – Fresno

Circle K Ranch – Selma

Berry Lady Farms – Kingsburg

Wawona’s Peach Tree Fruit Stand – Clovis

Kings River Winery – Sanger

Simonian Fruit Company – Fowler

Royal Dawn Berries – Kingsburg

The Vineyard Farmers Market – Fresno

MOA Oasis Garden – Clovis

Olson Family Farms – Kingsburg

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