Stretching more than 400 miles, California’s Central Valley teems with farms, vineyards, and orchards that produce food for numerous families around the world. Traversing the valley, you’ll find charming farm stands where you can get the freshest produce of the season – from strawberries, corn, and peaches to olives, honey, cut flowers, and so much more.
Looking for products and goodies fresh off the farm? Visit these charming farm stands around San Joaquin Valley.
Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market
5368 N. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno
Operated by students of California State University, Fresno, this farm market showcases the products of the university’s enterprise departments, including fresh fruits and vegetables, wines, meats, and packaged and processed food. You will find gift boxes and hampers, as well, perfect to give away for any occasion. If you make the arrangements in advance, you can also tour the University Farm Laboratory.
2629 South Clovis Avenue, Fresno
This historical farm stand will take you on a nostalgia trip with its exhibit of vintage bicycles and pedal cars, as well as old-fashioned carts and stalls displaying the largest dried fruit and nut collection in San Joaquin Valley. The store also offers a wide variety of gift packs, along with fresh produce boxes, snacks and candies, jams, jellies, and the farm’s very own Simonian Wines.
4300 South Academy, Sanger
Growing peaches, plums, and nectarines, as well as vegetables and cut flowers, Hudson Farms is a six-generation family farm that started its operations in the late 1800s. While the farm’s fruits are marketed through Wawona Frozen Foods and Wawona Packing Company, the Hudson Farms Fruit Stand has also been selling fresh fruits and vegetables to visitors since 2011. Fresh cut flowers are also available, with varieties that include gladiolus, sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias.
The Fruit Bowl
8767 E. Waterloo Road, Stockton
The Fruit Bowl has been around since 1947, selling fruits and vegetables from various growers in San Joaquin Valley, as well as the owners’ orchards. Other products for sale here include Lodi varietal wines from local wineries, honey, free range eggs, and more. You’ll also find olive oils from different parts of the world, as well as Italian food products like sauces and pastas. The Fruit Bowl also has a cozy bake shop where you can get its famous fruit pies, along with Italian coffee and other pastries.
36005 CA-99, Traver
With three locations in Central California, Bravo Farms is, at its heart, a cheese factory that uses only locally-sourced ingredients and follows cheese-making recipes that have been around for centuries. The original location in Traver was opened in 1995, and today sells not only cheeses but also gift baskets, chocolates, snacks, sweets, and more. The cafés in Traver and Tulare are also the perfect stop along CA-99, with menu items that include sandwiches, steaks, salads, and others. The Traver location features a petting zoo, a treehouse, a mini-golf course, and other kid-friendly attractions.
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