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Gabby Lopez, owner of Gabby’s Fruit Basket, waits on a customer at her fruit stand on Avenue 12.
There’s perhaps no better way to support local agriculture than to buy locally grown produce. So the Madera Tribune has scouted the summer highway and byways of Madera County for farm fresh produce stands.
To allow for price comparisons, we note the prices for peaches, tomatoes and onions at each stand we visited in late July.
Charlie’s Fruit Stand
Of those we found, Charlie’s Fruit Stand, 12145 State Route 145, may be the nearest to the city of Madera. Owned by Charlie Mosesian, the 40-year-old stand sells produce by the bucket or basket and honey by the jar. All the produce is grown and packed by Mosesian Vineyards in Madera. The stand features a bathroom and is open daily, including holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price check: When we visited, 6-7 pounds of peaches sold for $4.50, up to 5 pounds of tomatoes sold for $4.50 and 6.5 pounds of onions sold for $4.50. Payment can be made by cash or check.
Gabby’s Fruit Basket
Gabby’s Fruit Basket, 32288 Ave. 12, offers a great variety of produce as well as whole edible plants, such as basil and chili peppers, growing in pots for buyers to take home and harvest at will. The Madera Ranchos produce stand is a mixture of those raised by owner Gabby Lopez and those purchased from other growers. All the produce is sustainable and organic.
The six-year-old stand is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Price check: When we visited, 6 pounds of peaches sold for $6, 6 pounds of tomatoes sold for $5, and 4 pounds of onions sold for $2. Payment can be made…
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