Naked fruit, real fruit, can be found on the Fresno County Fruit Trail this season. Promoters of the trail, the Fresno County Office of Tourism, gathered growers and city leaders to tout the official opening of the trail on Thursday, May 24, at the Circle K Ranch in Selma.

Circle K Ranch owner Andrew Kazarian praised the collaborative effort between the county and local growers.

This is the ninth season of the trail.

More than 35 locations where visitors can stop and purchase fresh produce, and a few non-produce locations, are featured on the trail. Combined, the growers represent 360 different crops. The fruit trail season ties in with local farmer’s markets which includes the G.J. Gardner Kingsburg Farmer’s Market held on Thursdays.

“When one stop on the trail does well, the others do well,” Kazarian says. “We are looking forward to a great summer.”

The stops along the way extend from Fresno to Orange Cove.

Selma offers the following stops, along with the Circle K Ranch: Poindexter Nut Co. & Country Store, 5414 E. Floral Ave.; and Sal’s Mexican Restaurant, 2163 Park St.

Kingsburg: Sun Maid Growers of California, 13525 Bethel Ave.; J & K Farley Farms, 512 N. Seventh Ave.; The Berry Lady Farms, 39771 Road 28; and Friesen Family Farms, 15496 E. Saginaw Ave.

Gayle Willems, known as the Berry Lady of Berry Lady Farms, was on hand with plenty of blue berries at the kick off event.

“We saw a huge growth of visitors last year,” she says. “We have done a major remodel of the farm store. We have made it a large enough area where we teach good nutrition.”

Willems also can be found at Kingsburg’s farmer’s market.

This year’s Fruit Trail brochure includes a listing of strawberry stands including Kao Saechao’s strawberry farm at McCall, 1/4 mile north of Dinuba Avenue in Selma; Fry Family strawberry farm, Conejo Avenue, 1/2 mile west of Highway 99, Kingsburg; and Koy’s fresh strawberry farm at Mountain View and Academy avenues in Kingsburg.

Visitors can find updated information at www.gofruittrail.com and view Fruit Trail maps online.

The reporter can be reached at maguirre@kingsburgrecorder.com

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