The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market originated over 35 years ago, as a roadside stand that sold excess student-grown sweet corn and fresh fruit from the university's farm laboratory. From market's humble beginnings we have grown into the store our customers have learned to love and enjoy.
In the 1980’s, Fresno State agriculture students set up a small fruit stand selling excess fruits and vegetables on the corner of Barstow and Chestnut Ave. Despite not having a building, dairy processing sold ice cream from a portable freezer powered by a long running extension cord.
Moving into the first building, the store was able to expand customer and product base to better represent the agriculture departments offerings and diversity. For the first time Fresno State wine, vegetables, fruit, and ice cream could be show-cased. With each passing year the market continued to grow to include products from food processing, meat science, floral and horticulture departments.
Rue and Gwen Gibson Family
In 2011 a generous benefactor, Joyce Mae Gibson donated $1.2 million to be used to launch the small Fresno State Farm Market into a new chapter. The donation was used to contribute to the construction of the brand new farm market, improve equipment and help the market grow by now having a wine tasting room, ice cream counter and nursery.
The market continues to grow every day, with fresh ideas, new products and innovative thinking. We pride ourselves on being the face of Fresno State Agriculture and invite you to visit and take a look for yourself.
Every purchase made at the farm market is directly supporting the students and the enterprise that developed it. This has enabled enterprises to purchase new equipment, create new products and in-turn provides valuable hands-on instruction and experience for students.
Learn more about The Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology.
Our store is operated by students who share a passion for agriculture and farm fresh products. Students currently enrolled at Fresno State can apply to work at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market part-time during the semester and full-time during summer.