Fresno State students and staff will showcase food samples and discounts on many of the campus farm’s most popular products at the fourth annual Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market Fall Festival (5368 N. Chestnut Ave). The free, public event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. A kid’s zone will offer a pumpkin patch, crafts, scavenger hunt, prizes and a chance to take a photograph on a tractor and a photo booth.
The Block and Bridle Club will have horses, dairy calves and lambs on display. Student organizations Alpha Zeta, the Food Science and Nutrition, Culinology Club and the Student Nutrition Dietetic Association will offer and cooking demonstrations and free samples of waffles, yogurt parfaits, nut clusters, meatballs and cranberry sauce dressing. Patrons can purchase tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, chili and sweet corn coleslaw.
The Fresno State Winery will feature a free wine tasting from noon to 4 p.m. of its 2017 Alicante Bouchet and Malbec wines and 2018 Albarino and Muscat Canelli Late Harvest wines. The horticulture nursery will offer reduced prices on fall and winter vegetables plants and houseplants. Students will also host information tables and explain how they make products at the dairy, meat, fruit, vegetable, nut, horticulture and food processing units managed by the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State.
Nearly all of the Gibson Farm Market’s products come from the 1,000-acre University Agricultural Laboratory’s 22 enterprises. Proceeds from sales help fund programs for the Jordan College and its enterprises that mirror the diversity of the nation’s leading agricultural area. INFO: Gibson Farm Market at 559.278.4511.