The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm
Market at California State University, Fresno is one of the favorite
places to get ice cream to beat the San Joaquin Valley summer heat,
according to Fresno Bee online readers.
Wrote a respondent identified as Marcel: “The Fresno State stuff is
good. I have always liked their peach ... and recently tried their green
tea, which was quite yummy.”
Results from the fresnobeehive.com survey were published in the Friday,
July 31, edition of The Bee.
Numerous flavors of Fresno State ice cream are available at the market,
which is at the corner of Chestnut and Barstow avenues. The dairy’s list
of ice cream flavors ranges alphabetically from All-American Cherry to
Flavors can be special-ordered if they’re not available in the market,
said Daniel Avila, the instructional technician and plant manager for
Fresno State’s dairy processing.
The dairy is an agricultural enterprise at Fresno State that gives
students hands-on training and generates revenue for campus farm
operations and instruction, benefitting current and future students.
The Gibson Farm Market – a similar enterprise staffed by students that
sells student-produced and harvested fresh and prepared foods and wine –
offers free tastings of Fresno State ice cream the second Tuesday of
each month. The next tasting will be Aug. 11.
In addition, Avila said, a rum and fig ice cream will be available on
campus at the sixth annual Fig Fest from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug.
8, sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board. The event is planned
for the shaded lawn area at the north end of the Maple Mall (between the
Agricultural Science Building and Satellite Student Union).