Fresno State farm market opens to customers

Fresno State President takes part in dedicating the new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on campus.Fresno State President takes part in dedicating the new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on campus.After nearly a year in the works, Fresno State celebrated the grand opening of the new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market to sell the university's produce.

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology broke ground on the market last April thanks to a $1.5-million bequest from the estate of late teacher Joyce Mae Gibson, who named the former market in 2008 in honor of her parents Rue and Gwen Gibson.

Located just south of the older farm market on the southeast corner of Chestnut and Barstow avenues, the new shop is nearly double the size of its predecessor at 2,350 square feet of floor space and 4,800 square feet overall.

Features of the new store include a hand-dipped ice cream counter, flower shop and wine tasting room, while customers are also able to purchase food in the market or in an outdoor dining area.

The new Gibson Farm Market officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony as Fresno State President John Welty took the time to congratulate all those involved.

Welty was joined in the dedication by Jordan College Dean Charles Boyer, Ag Foundation Chair Pat Ricchiuti, Joyce Gibson's sister Beverly Knobloch and students of the Jordan College.

The market, first established in 1984 to sell sweet corn and fresh fruit grown by Fresno State students, had sold up to $1 million in farm products each year, from wine, cheese and olive oil to fruits, vegetables, meats and ice cream.