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 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 Watermelon Sherbet.

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).

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