In case you haven’t heard, there is a new Farmers Market in the OTC! Held Saturday mornings at the Old DMV Parking Lot at Pollasky & Bullard. This Market is predominately certified growers and designed to make it easy for everyone to get fresh fruits and vegetables year-round. This is the only Farmers Market in Clovis during the off season.
The Friday night Old Town Clovis Farmers Market will start up on May 9th through the end of September. You can follow both Markets on our Facebook Page/Old Town Clovis Farmers Market. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram!
It’s almost here! The Old Town Clovis Farmers Market is gearing up for another great year! Music, food, specialties and our wonderful growers will be back starting May 9th. We have a great season planned with a return of our favorite Farmers Market happenings:
- KSEE/24 Concert Series 2nd Friday of the Month opening the Season on May 9th!
- July 19 – The Peach Party!
- July 26 – North American Pole Vault!
- August 15 – The Fig Party!
- September 27 – The Pistachio Party!
Check back often for the Band line-up and other special Farmers Market news! Follow us on Facebook/OldTownClovisFarmersMarket.
Interested in sponsoring a night at the Farmers Market? Please call us at 559.298.5774.
Our Friday Night Farmers Market starts up again on May 9th, 2014 – and already we have had many inquiries for applications. Judging from the past participants, and newly interested vendors, we are going to have an amazing year!
With over 30 returning Farmers, there is little space for new Certified Growers. We will be taking applications though, looking for unique additions to the Market. The same goes for our Entree and Specialty Foods area. We are pretty full and have so many great restaurants here in Old Town already that there is very limited availability. It is our goal to have a wide variety of products available to our customers at the Market, so we are always looking for something unique!
Applications for the 2014 Friday Night Farmers Market are available here:
Returning vendors have already been mailed or emailed their applications already. New vendors can return the APPLICATION (no other documents are required until approval) to the B.O.O.T. office at: PO Box 1548, Clovis, CA 93613. If you have any questions please call the office at (559) 298-5774.
Rigoberto Moran of Valley PBS visited our Year Round Farmers Market last weekend, talking with our farmers and customers. We were thrilled to see the final result! Our little farmers market is growing every week and it seems like our customers are as happy with it as we are.
If you haven’t been out to the Year Round Farmers Market you can find it every Saturday from 7 to 11am at the Old DMV Parking lot near the intersection of Bullard and Pollasky. We have nine farmers there so far, with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dried nuts and fruits, honey, soap, orange juice, herbs, flowers, eggs and sheep cheese! We are hoping to add a few more vendors, including avocados.
You can see the video by going to the Valley PBS web site. Let us know what you think!
Many of you have requested that Old Town Clovis host a year-round Farmers Market and your requests have been heard! Starting this Saturday, October 26, 2013, Old Town will be hosting a Year-Round Farmers Market from 7 am to 11 am in the Old DMV Parking Lot at Bullard and Pollasky Ave.
The Year-Round Farmers Market will differ slightly from Old Town’s Seasonal (May through September) Farmers Market. The Seasonal Market is known for its high energy, social atmosphere – it is THE place to be on a Friday night. The Year- Round Farmers Market is an early morning stopping point, bringing the people of Clovis fresh, local and seasonal produce in a quick and easy fashion.
The Year-Round Market will feature certified growers only. We have handpicked some of the best growers in the Central Valley to be a part of this market. We will be starting small, with about ten growers. However, we will have room to grow in the Old DMV Parking Lot if necessary. Tom Shasky of Shasky Farms has agreed to step in and manage the year-round market for B.O.O.T. and we know he will do a great job!
For more information about this event feel free to call the B.O.O.T. office at (559) 298-5774.
It was the first annual Fig Party and a big success! Thank you to the California Fig Advisory Board who put the event together. They worked with the chefs at the Institute of Technology, who provided fig salsa and fig bars for sampling. Chef Jim Pacini and Chef Christian Romeo performed cooking demonstrations using figs to the delight of the crowd.
Another feature of the evening was the “showdown” chef contest between Dustin Stewart of Dusty Buns and Chris Shackleford of Trelio! Mike Scott, who is retired from CBS/47, emceed the contest and Liz Gonzales of KMPH, Peter Ficklin Wines and Hillori Hansen, Whole Foods chef, were the judges. The food looked fantastic! Dustin won the contest, although the judges said it was close! Chris Shackleford competed again at the Fig Throw Down at the Vineyard Farmers Market a week later and came in 2nd in the People’s Choice award, after The Painted Table. Talk about stiff competition!
There was a great crowd at the first Fig Party and plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Fig Party in 2014!
Six more Farmers Markets at the time of this writing! It’s been a good season—started out really well with huge crowds all through May and June and then, of course, we hit the hot weather! We have had several nights over 100 degrees. Loyal fans continue to come and we are grateful for that!
You may have heard some rumblings about the food trucks coming to the Farmers Market. We chose our biggest crowd nights and invited a couple of the trucks to come down and be a part of ArtHop, another new element we added this year. We did this in hopes of attracting a new crowd who would not otherwise come to Old Town Clovis. It’s too early to tell but if you see new customers this fall and they tell you they discovered Old Town when they followed the food trucks to our Farmers Market, we’d love to hear from you. We are always looking at ways to attract people to our little town and also build a younger audience so that businesses can continue to thrive. Your suggestions are always welcome.
August 2nd will be our first Fig Party! Welcome to the California Fig Advisory Board as hosts of this new event. Much like the Peach Party and The Pistachio Party we’ll have a night about figs at the Farmers Market! Join the California Fig Advisory Board staff and friends who will be providing samples of foods using figs in the center of 4th and Pollasky. Chef David Pol and Chef Christian Romero from the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts School will be on hand demonstrating how to use figs in recipes.
Chris Shackleford of Trelio’s and Dustin Stewart from Dusty Buns will have a Chef Competition at the corner of 4th and Pollasky dueling it out with their recipes! Mike Scott (formerly of CBS/47), will emcee the contest. Come out to cheer on the chefs!
Music will be provided by Mel Mason and we’ll be featuring artists and food trucks South of Fifth Street.
Did you know? Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself!
Competitive eating has been around since the days of the cavemen! Sometimes we think competitive eaters LOOK LIKE cavemen! When it happens for a good cause it couldn’t taste any better!
Scoops, Soups & More and The Old Clovis Hotel Bistro have joined up to sponsor an “All American 4th of July Hotdog Eating Contest”. This fundraiser benefits the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3225 and their “Operation Rehab” which is working to provide the Fresno Veteran’s Hospital with new exercise and rehabilitation equipment.
We want to do all that we can to support them, so we hope you will join us on Friday, July 5th, 2013 at the Farmers Market in front of The Old Clovis Hotel Bistro to down some dogs. Entrants pay a fee of $10 with the chance to win a $50 grand prize. You will be given a time period of 8 minutes to eat all the hotdogs you can tolerate. Competitive eaters often tear their food into small bite size pieces for ease of shoving into their mouths, others dip the buns into water to moisten it for easy swallowing. You will be provided with a bottle of water, so either is allowable! The record for hotdog eating is 53 1/2 hotdogs in 12 minutes – set on July 4, 2004 (that’s 4.46 hotdogs a minute). Maybe we can break a record!
For more information and to sign up please contact The Old Clovis Hotel Bistro at (559) 299-3765.