Farm Fresh

Brian WilkinsonMay 29, 2013 

To the delight of lovers of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, the Bass Lake Certified Farmers Market opened for the season May 22 in The Pines Village.

The market is held 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday through September.

"The fruit is fresh and delicious," Terry Luther said as she shopped with her 11 year-old daughter Annamaria. "The fresh basil is perfect for homemade pesto."

Returning as anchor vendors for the market for the fourth consecutive year are Shasky Farms of Le Grand and Herr's Family Farms of Clovis.

Shasky Farms offers peaches, apricots, nectarines , cherries, blue berries, plums, and a variety of walnuts and almonds from the family's 93-acre ranch.

Herr's Family Farms provides cucumbers, green beans, squash, basil, chard and beats, and will soon be bringing vine-ripened tomatoes to the market.

"These are two of the best vendors in the state and they deliver quality produce," Chuck Nugent, market manager said.

Left over fruit and produce from the two growers are donated to Manna House every week.

Another favorite at the market is Yosemite Sierra Specialities featuring a line of organic grill sauces and salad dressings. Grill sauces include chipotle, orange chill and ginger citrus. The gluten-free dressings include raspberry walnut, blue cheese pecan balsamic vinaigrette and champagne honey mustard.

Owned by Dawn Connely, Sierra Specialities also offers dried fruits, beef jerky and trail mixes.

Jammin' Jams from Mariposa has 80 blends of jams and jellies including apricot, apricot-habanero, boysenberry, plum, peach, blackberry, strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, fig and pomegranate.

Another favorite booth is Kurt and Nancy Flores of Auberry, selling orange and wild flower raw honey under their company name, Blossom Trail Honey. The honey comes straight from the comb with nothing added.

Susan Joy and Kearey Allison have operated Three Springs Flower Garden for the past seven years. The organic three-acre garden near North Fork produces pesticide and chemical free flowers.

Coarsegold's Blue Bird Trail Farm sells organically grown extra virgin olive oil from a blend of Arbequina and Koroneiki olives.

A new vendor this year is William D. Jones' blueberry plants.

Marcia Weimar provides music each Wednesday.

Nugent said the market only admits growers who have current certificates from county ag commissioners to assure the public that the fruits and produce is fresh from the farm.

"It may not be the biggest farmers market around, but you won't find any better quality of products than we have here each week," Nugent said.

The market is sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Details: Chuck Nugent, (559) 642-8163, goodoldaze.com.

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