From farm to Bass Lake

July 8, 2014 

For the fourth year, the Bass Lake Certified Farmer's Market is held 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday through September in the Pines Village at Bass Lake.

Sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, the market features Herr's Sunny Family Farm of Clovis and Shasky Farms of Le Grand.

Working the Herr Family Farm booth last week was Ge, and his three children, Kou, Dai, and Crystal.

The family offers a variety of fresh produce including corn, cherry tomatoes, green beans, watermelons, cilantro, cantaloupe, egg plant, carrots, squash, bell peppers, basil, okra, onions, moringa, and other vegetables from their 10-acre farm.

Moringa has been called the "Tree of Life" by generations of Asian people. The leaves of the Moringa tree contain 25 times more iron than spinach, 17 times more calcium than milk, 15 times more potassium than bananas, and 10 times more vitamin A than carrots. The leaves can be eaten raw but usually they are cooked for a short period.

Shasky Farms offer tree-ripened peaches, nectarines, plums, and a variety of nuts.

Herr's and Shasky Farms donate all their left over product each week to Manna House in Oakhurst.

Also returning this season is Jammin Jams featuring 60 jams and 30 pickled products, Bluebird Trail Farm with its extra virgin and organic olive oil, and Pamela Polach, The Happy Baguette, with homemade breads (cinnamon raisin, buttermilk honey, French flax, and stromboli) and in-season fruit muffins.

New this year is Farm Girl's homemade natural soaps and lotions.

"These vendors deliver wonderful quality produce and other products as they have in the past," said market coordinator Chuck Nugent.

Details: Chuck Nugent, (559) 642-8163,

Farmer's Market - Bass Lake - 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays - Pines Village.

Farmer's Market - Oakhurst - 4 - 7 p.m. Thursdays - True Value Home Center. Details: (559) 683-7117.

Farmer's Market - Coarsegold - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays - Coarsegold Historic Village.

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