Update: The Fruit Trail Bus Tour has been rescheduled. It will now be held on July 8. Click here for details.
The Sanger Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Fruit Trail Bus Tour.
“We work very closely with the Fresno County Blossom and Fruit Trail,” Jessica Wolfe of the Sanger Chamber of Commerce says. “Now that the blossoms have produced their fruit, we thought we should highlight our Fruit Trail.”
The tour is taking place
Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will visit local wineries, a brewery, farm stands, an olive oil factory, and a fruit packing house. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
“People can expect to taste delicious wines made from California grapes and other seasonal fruit,” Wolfe says. “We hope that this Fruit Trail Bus Tour brings more recognition to our wonderful farmers.”
Jeff Simonian is the President of Simonian Fruit Company in Fowler. His family has been farming in Fresno County for over 50 years. Simonian will lead the tour through his packing house.
“We are currently packing tree fruit,” Simonian says. “I think it’s a great opportunity to show people in and outside our area what we produce in the Central Valley. I find it amazing when local people come by for a tour and they have no idea the fruit is grown and packed right here in our backyard.”
The Sanger Chamber of Commerce hopes the tour educates people about the Central Valley’s rich agricultural history and the impact farming has on our economy.
“We are so humbled by the hard work that our farmers put in to produce foods to send all around the World,” Wolfe says. “Most people in this area do not know how much our local farmers contribute to the state and local economy.”
Simonian Fruit Company’s fruit ships across the globe. They are currently harvesting peaches, plums and nectarines.
“We started harvesting last month and will continue into September,” Simonian says. “Once tree fruit finishes, we will pack pomegranates and persimmons into November. We also pack a small amount of apples from July to September and are looking into packing citrus this winter as well.”
Tickets for the Fruit Trail Bus Tour are going fast. They are $75 per person and are available by calling the Sanger Chamber of Commerce at 559-875-4575.
“We hope that our guests learn that the best fruits and vegetables are grown right here in the Valley are available at local farm stands seasonally,” Wolfe says. “Not many people can say that they come from an area that sends fruit all over the World.”
[Photos courtesy of Sanger Chamber of Commerce and Simonian Fruit Company]
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