North Fresno now has its own Saturday farmers market with the debut of the new Park Place Farmers Market. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and will run year round. It’s in the Park Place shopping center at Palm and Nees avenues, the one with Eureka! Burger and Gb3.
The same guy who runs the River Park Farmers Market tested this one last fall and decided to make it permanent. You can read more about it in this week’s food column, but I’ll give you some highlights here.
There’s lots of fruit and vegetable vendors who are pretty free with the samples. In addition to the regular in-season produce, you’ll find fresh-squeezed orange juice, eggs, honey and jam.
One of the most interesting vendors during my visit last week was CMC Farms selling its green almonds. These raw, unhulled almonds are sprinkled in salt and eaten — fuzzy green hull and all. It’s a Middle Eastern thing and the crunchy and tart almonds go well with a beer, the farmers tell me.
Learning how to eat these was a brand-new experience for me, so I created a little Vine video on how to eat them if you’re among the uninitiated.
There’s also hot food available, and the Tako BBQ food truck is scheduled to be there beginning April 27. You can find funnel cakes, Kettle Korn and the locally owned Goody’s Mini-Donuts. The business sells good-sized bags of mini donuts for $2. I was so mesmerized with the machine that makes and cooks the donuts that I took a little video of it, which you can see in the online version of my column here.
And last but not least, there’s a few shopping options at the farmers market, including the new Eye Candy Mobile Boutique. The boutique sells jewelry and clothing in a revamped catering truck.