Kingsburg celebrates sweet 16 years of Stone Fruit Jubilee

16th annual Stone Fruit Jubilee at Kingsburg Historical Park offers community a chance to sample local fruit, enjoy family-friendly activities and support local farmers

Kingsburg Historical Park located at 2321 Sierra Street, Kingsburg , CA 93631 (Kenny Goodman)
Karis Caddell
Published May 31, 2024  • 
12:00 pm

KINGSBURG – Locals can indulge in the flavors of the Valley at the 16th Annual Stone Fruit Jubilee, a community celebration offering an array of locally grown organic fruits, live music and family-friendly activities in Kingsburg’s Historical Park.

The 16th Annual Stone Fruit Jubilee will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Kingsburg Historical Park, where community members can sample all the local fruit from farmers in the area. 

Tickets will be $10 at the gate, but when purchased online ahead of the event, they are $8; there is free entry for children 12 and under. Single entry is free with an EBT card. Early bird tickets for the event are available at fruitjubilee.com.

“For $10, you get a three pound bag, and then you can go around and taste the sampling of the fruit for free,” Sue Kern, board member of the Ecological Farming Association and organizer of the event, said.

This is a family-friendly event with a Kids Craft Corner, live music by Good Medicine and local food trucks and beverage vendors. The Gnarly Carrot will also be selling fruit popsicles made from the participating farmers’ fruit. 

“Raging Grannies are going to be singing. They come to a lot of community events,” Kern said. “It’s a lot of fun and the music is really nice. We’ll have good speakers and there’ll be a jam making demonstration and various other demonstrations.”

The event will have guest speakers, information and demonstrations from master food preservers, master gardeners as well as a representative from Allensworth, who is a member of the African American Farmers of California.

Attendees can taste and purchase some of the most delicious stone fruit in the region. Eight local fruit farmers and several vegetable farms will be showcased along with numerous varieties of stone fruit, including white and yellow peach and nectarine varieties, plums, pluots, apriums and other specialty organic tree fruits.

“There’ll be different vendors that are selling other things, like honey. Originally, this was all just organic stone fruit, but now we’re also going to have other local organic farmer’s booths, like a small farmers market,” Kern said.

Kern explained that the main reason the jubilee celebration started 16 years ago was to let the community meet and support local small family farmers. One of the other goals of the event is to help promote a healthy sustainable way of living. 

According to Kern, the Stone Fruit Jubilee actually branched off of a different event from the Ecological Farming Association.

“We started an event originally up in Merced County called the Heartland Festival, probably 20-25 years ago,” Kern said.

The goal of the event was to start introducing the public to organic farmers in the community. This is due to the fact that many of the small organic farmers in the Central Valley had to ship their produce to Los Angeles or San Francisco or go to large farmers markets in the city, because there was no market for small farms in the Valley.

Kern used her own family as an example, explaining that her family farm in North Fork California had a hard time finding a market, and when they would travel to bigger markets, they often didn’t make enough money to justify the trip. It wasn’t until they opened a local market that they found success selling to locals.

“The goal of it was to introduce the local community to the local stone fruit growers, so they could meet the farmers, taste the fruit, and see how wonderful that fruit that comes from the Valley is,” Kern said. “Then maybe they go into their local supermarkets and encourage them to purchase that local fruit.” 

This event ended up spreading to Clovis at the Stone Fruit Jubilee, and then eventually moved to Kingsburg to continue sharing all that local farmers have to offer. For more information about the celebration, visit fruitjubilee.com.

Karis Caddell