June 18, 2012
-- The Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee started 5 years ago by local organic farmers who shared a dream. Despite the difficulties facing family farmers, we have a dream that one day this nation will discover the true meaning of its agricultural heritage. We have a dream that one day farmers and local families will be able to sit down at a table and eat locally grown food. We have a dream that one day in the state of California, in the area of Fresno where farmers work in the sweltering heat to grow fruit as sweet as candy and produce the largest percentage of food exports for the nation, their fruit will be enjoyed right here rather than being shipped thousands of miles away. We have a dream that one day our children will not be fed processed food and junk food at schools but will be nourished with local fruit and will meet the farmers that grew it. We have this dream today! We have this dream that in Fresno where we have the highest rates of obesity and diabetes and the lowest consumption of fruits and vegetables in the nation that grocery markets will do the right thing to promote health by purchasing and selling locally grown food thereby fairly compensating the farmer, nourishing their consumer and caring for the environment with the reduced carbon footprint. We have this dream today! We have this dream that one day every farmer shall be exalted and not bankrupted, every child will be healthy and youthful in vitality, every adult will know who grows their food and experience the memories being grown ripe here. We have a dream and invite you to experience one day in that dream on Saturday June 23rd, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. at MOA Oasis Gardens, 5790 Indianola Ave. Clovis, CA.
This fun filled evening includes fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines and apricots. Enjoy Live entertainment, Farm Tours, Kids Craft corner, Jam Making demonstration, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging and stone fruit recipe contest for stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies. Redwood Nursery and Orchards’ Walter Krause and son, Jim played a part in breeding many summer fruit varieties planted hereabouts since the 1950s. When their Reedley orchard succumbed to urban sprawl in 2006, it was producing 150 varieties on 23 acres. You’ll no longer find Redwood’s fruit at Whole Foods Market but 87-year-old Walter Krause and son, Jim are yet actively breeding novel varieties. The honored duo will be our featured presenters at this year’s Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee.
Buy fruit from Peterson Farms, Olson Organics, Blossom Bluff Orchards and others. Purchase prepared Artisan foods like fruit pies from Fresno's Chicken Pie Shop, pastries from La Boulangerie, entrees from Dusty Buns, fruit drinks from Organic Fresno, savories from Sierra Nut House and fresh fruit ice cream from La Reina de Michoacan.
For more information the media can contact Tara Hamilton directly at 559.284.3976.