A Madera County fresh fig on its journey from seedling to platter
Figs gross about $15 million a year for Madera County — small potatoes compared to Madera’s biggest cash crops — but Madera County is the number one fig-producing county in the nation, followed by Merced and Fresno counties.
There are nearly 10,000 acres of figs planted in the state, with an average production totaling 12,000 tons — about 10,000 of which come from Madera County — according to the California Fig Advisory Board.
Madera County’s top crops — almonds, milk, and grapes — raked in $414.4 million, $327.1 million, and $300.6 million, respectively, for the county in 2011. Figs didn’t even make it onto the county’s top 10 leading crop list.
But figs are still doing big things for the county, because Madera is like a one-stop shop for the fruit...