KCAO and other community agencies help bring Farmers Market to Avenal

AVENAL — Avenal’s residents harvest California produce and nuts for the nation and the world, but they may not have much access to the really fresh stuff themselves.

That irony is part of the driving force behind a new regional effort to create a weekly farmers market in this small community on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley.

California State University, Fresno, announced this week that the university’s Office of Community and Economic Development has received a $100,000 U.S. Agriculture Department grant to develop farmers markets in Avenal, Huron and Orange Cove.

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