Reedley College farmers market sprouts up for spring

Reedley College Farmers Market begins its spring season to bursts of sunshine, community excitement

Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce CEO Erik Valencia live streams to Facebook from the Reedley College Farmers Market to tell residents to stop by on April 11, 2024. The farmers market runs from the Reedley College parking lot off Manning Avenue every Thursday evening through June 6. (Serena Bettis)
Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce CEO Erik Valencia live streams to Facebook from the Reedley College Farmers Market to tell residents to stop by on April 11, 2024. The farmers market runs from the Reedley College parking lot off Manning Avenue every Thursday evening through June 6. (Serena Bettis)
Serena Bettis
Published April 12, 2024  • 
5:00 pm

REEDLEY – Local growers, bakers and entrepreneurs set up their booths in a Reedley College parking lot on a bright, hot afternoon that differed greatly from the previous week’s thunderstorms.

After being rained out on its scheduled opening day of April 4, the Reedley College Farmers Market kicked off for the spring season on April 11 with dozens of community members coming out to find fresh food, handmade crafts and family-friendly entertainment provided by the Reedley College Saxophone Quartet. 

Hosted by Reedley College, the event is put on weekly by a partnership between the Sierra Kings Health Care District (SKHCD), Fitness Quest Health Club, Fresno Street Eats and the Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce. 

In a previous interview with the Mid Valley Times, SKHCD CEO Chinayera Black-Hardaman explained that the farmers market is made possible by a grant the health care district received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is meant to promote preventative health care that addresses eating well, being active and taking care of mental health. 

The market is open to the public from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays through June 6 and is held in Reedley College’s parking lot B, located off of Manning Avenue.

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter