When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Fresno, CA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.
Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Fresno's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.
If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!
At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Fresno. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Fresno, CA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.
Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:
There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.
Mediterranean countries include:
So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Fresno,
what are we talking about?
Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.
This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.
If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Fresno, CA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!
Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.
This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.
We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Fresno, CA.
Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.
If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.
Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.
So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?
It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:
Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.
In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.
First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.
Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.
Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.
Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.Free Estimate
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- Friday was a slow day at the coffee and deli shop in Shaver Lake. Even selling the world-famous chunky bread isn't helping."It's been tough on all of the businesses up here because there's been so much snow. And just trying to dig out. It's impacted our business dramatically because of the amount of snow." said Norman Kato.He has owned this business for about 17 years. Kato is hopeful the summer season will help pick up after a slow winter season."We'll get a big influx of b...
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- Friday was a slow day at the coffee and deli shop in Shaver Lake. Even selling the world-famous chunky bread isn't helping.
"It's been tough on all of the businesses up here because there's been so much snow. And just trying to dig out. It's impacted our business dramatically because of the amount of snow." said Norman Kato.
He has owned this business for about 17 years. Kato is hopeful the summer season will help pick up after a slow winter season.
"We'll get a big influx of business, everyone from the valley. As soon as it gets 104 degrees down in the valley, everyone will be at the lake. That's kind of the tradition over the years." said Kato.
Kato said he is ready to welcome the flood of visitors in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the China Peak Mountain Resort is ready to prepare for the summer season. But only after one last weekend of skiing and snowboarding on the slopes.
Management said the area received a record amount of snow, with over 700 inches falling on the mountains.
"It was an amazing season with the record snowfall. We were able to be open for seven months, longer than we've been open before in the season,"
Morris said with so much snowfall came an abundance of challenges.
"Lots of shoveling. Lots of weight on top of our buildings. We had a couple of buildings collapse and or have some damage happen to them and then, of course, lots and lots of exploding water pipes,"
He said that because of the huge snow piles, they haven't been able to make any improvements or repairs.
For example, only a few lifts will be open this weekend because of power issues. The lifts running are hooked up to portable generators. So, while there's still plenty of snow on the ground, Morris said they're ready for it to melt so work can begin, and guests can move on to summer activities.
"We have mountain biking on July 4th. We have the marina that will open Labor Day weekend, which is literally three weeks away from now, so we just gotta start getting going on the newer stuff."
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published on May 5, 2023 - 1:49 PMA public notice filed by the City of Fresno May 3 by the property’s owner could convert the last permanent indoor ice rink in the Central Valley to a self-storage facility.It could be a cold end to a once-popular sport and pastime, which comes as demand for storage space has never been greater.Gateway Ice Center near Marks and Clinton avenues in Fresno has been in operation since the mid-1990s, but has had a clouded future in recent years. The property changed hands and now the cur...
published on May 5, 2023 - 1:49 PM
A public notice filed by the City of Fresno May 3 by the property’s owner could convert the last permanent indoor ice rink in the Central Valley to a self-storage facility.
It could be a cold end to a once-popular sport and pastime, which comes as demand for storage space has never been greater.
Gateway Ice Center near Marks and Clinton avenues in Fresno has been in operation since the mid-1990s, but has had a clouded future in recent years. The property changed hands and now the current owner — San Francisco-based Baco Properties — has proposed converting the facility into storage, expanding its existing facility located next door.
Gateway offers public ice skating, lessons, birthday parties, youth hockey, adult hockey, figure skating, private rentals and more. The rink is used by USA Hockey, US Figure Skating and STAR (Serving The American Rinks). It has been the home to the Fresno Monsters, a junior hockey team.
If the rink closes, it would leave only seasonal outdoor rinks that pop up at the holidays around the Valley, such as in Hanford.
A conditional use permit application was filed with the City of Fresno by Ariel Valli of Valli Architectural Group in Aliso Viejo on behalf of Baco Properties, pertaining to about 8.5 acres of property. This architectural group specializes in storage facility design.
The public notice says the applicant proposes an expansion of the existing adjacent storage facility. This includes converting the existing ice-skating facility to a single-floor storage facility, constructing two single-level storage buildings totaling nearly 44,000 square feet and building a 103,000 square-foot RV/boat storage area. The final review approvals would be complete next month.
Baco Properties is the operator of Security Public Storage, with 51 self-storage facilities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Maryland and Virginia. Since the opening of the first Security Public Storage in 1983 in Modesto, it has built three locations in Fresno, including the one next to the ice rink.
Sources with the company say if the approvals go through, they could be operational by summer 2024.
The storage industry as been on a meteoric path, growing to more than 1.7 billion square feet of space in 2023, according to industry reports. About 15% of total inventory was built within the last five years.
Roughly 53 million square feet of new self-storage space is expected to be built this year.
By contrast, research shows a declining sport in ice skating. Statista reports that the number of ice-skating participants in the U.S. aged six years and older amounted to approximately 9.5 million in 2021, down from around 9.9 million the previous year.
This figure peaked in 2011 with over 11.6 million ice skating participants, gradually decreasing in subsequent years.
OPINION AND COMMENTARYEditorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters.Fresno County’s new $750 million courthouse, still in the early planning stages, won’t be built far from the current one.Despite whispers to the contrary — that certain developers are trying to lure the facility to north Fresno ...
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Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters.
Fresno County’s new $750 million courthouse, still in the early planning stages, won’t be built far from the current one.
Despite whispers to the contrary — that certain developers are trying to lure the facility to north Fresno or Clovis — the Judicial Council of California squelched any such talk when I inquired about the site selection process.
“Only sites in downtown Fresno within a ½-mile of the existing courthouse are being considered for this project,” came the reply from a Judicial Council representative.
I took that as excellent news. If only because losing the Fresno County Courthouse, and all the ancillary traffic it produces, would be a crippling blow to downtown.
Especially now that enthusiasm over the economic benefits of high-speed rail surely must be tempered.
The Judicial Council’s broad description for the new home of Fresno County Superior Court envisions a 413,000-square-foot building with 36 courtrooms occupying about 2.1 acres of land that still need to be acquired. The project has an authorized budget of $749,369,000 and an estimated opening of January 2031.
The site selection and acquisition process for new judicial branch facilities in California is outlined in a 13-page report authored by the Judicial Council’s administrative office.
During the acquisition phase, a local advisory group made up of county judges, court officers and others affected by the court facility does most of the heavy lifting. Its role at this stage is to identify potential sites and evaluate them against a specific set of criteria.
The site selection checklist includes 52 evaluations in 16 different categories. These range from required acreage and location preferences (i.e. near pre-trial holding facilities, district attorneys, public defenders, social services and public transit) to sustainability, neighborhood character, visibility, environmental concerns and budget.
More than 20 potential downtown Fresno sites have been identified, according to the Judicial Council spokesperson.
Fresno’s Project Advisory Group consists of Fresno County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Kalemkarian, Judge Houry Sanderson, Judge Gabriel Brickey, Judge Leanne LeMon, Judge Jeff Hamilton, court CEO Dawn Annino, court facilities director Fenix Batista, Fresno County assistant administrative officer Greg Reinke and Fresno city manager Georgeanne White.
The group’s regular, approximately monthly meetings are not open to the public.
Once all the site evaluations are completed, Judicial Council staff prepares a report and presents a summary of the options at a future public meeting (in San Francisco) of the council’s Court Facilities Advisory Committee. The committee typically selects a primary site and a backup for further evaluation.
Judge Brad Hill, presiding justice of the state’s 5th District Court of Appeal and chair of the Court Facilities Advisory Committee, said his body accepts the local advisory group’s recommendations “if everything looks good.”
“We look for a site that best serves the community as a whole and makes all the court operations run efficiently,” Hill said.
Once the desired site is chosen, the Judicial Council still needs the State Public Works Board’s approval. That decision officially triggers the site acquisition phase, a process that includes further site analysis, real estate due diligence and purchase negotiations. The sale’s final terms and conditions must then return to the public works board for its purchase approval.
As soon as that happens — July 2024 is the estimated timeline — the project shifts to a 12-month performance criteria phase after which about five additional years will be required for design and construction.
It is difficult to imagine the new courthouse being located anywhere besides Courthouse Park. As I’ve previously written, there appears to be enough space along Van Ness Avenue directly in front of the existing courthouse to erect a new building — then demolish the nine-story cheesegrater to reclaim some open space.
Since Club One moved and the Radisson Hotel closed, the number of unoccupied buildings and vacant lots along Van Ness has grown. If certain adjacent parcels were combined, maybe one of those would be suitable. Perhaps a location north of Fresno Street on the opposite side of the county jail. Or even Old Armenian Town.
At this point, the possibilities are numerous. Thankfully, they don’t extend beyond downtown.
How many flags are too many at official government buildings?For Fresno County District 2 Supervisor Steve Brandau, the lack of a formal policy for county buildings provides the potential for things to get out of hand. That’s why he’s bringing a proposal to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to limit flag-flying on county properties to just two.Brandau is offering an amendment to Fresno County’s ordinance code to allow only the American flag — the familiar Stars and Stripes — and the official Cali...
How many flags are too many at official government buildings?
For Fresno County District 2 Supervisor Steve Brandau, the lack of a formal policy for county buildings provides the potential for things to get out of hand. That’s why he’s bringing a proposal to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to limit flag-flying on county properties to just two.
Brandau is offering an amendment to Fresno County’s ordinance code to allow only the American flag — the familiar Stars and Stripes — and the official California state bear flag to be flown on flagpoles at all county facilities, both those owned by Fresno County and those that the county leases.
Brandau, who served on the Fresno City Council before he was elected to the county board in a 2019 special election, said he wanted to head off potential controversy that could result from Fresno County having no formal flag policy. The city of Fresno frequently flies a variety of flags on the poles in front of City Hall to commemorate special dates, events, cultures and nations, including the recent raising of the Armenian flag to recognize the Armenian genocide.
Other flags that have been flown on flagpoles at City Hall at various times have included Mexico’s flag to commemorate that nation’s independence day in September; the rainbow Pride flag to recognize the LGBTQ+ community; the Juneteenth flag commemorating the freedom of African American slaves in Texas in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation; and the POW/MIA flag to remember military prisoners of war and service members who remain missing in action.
Some of those banners, however, are not without controversy.
“I have seen the contentiousness that comes from picking and choosing winners and losers in flag-raising and related ceremonies, both locally and across the country,” Brandau told The Fresno Bee. “The county currently has no guiding ordinance or direction on this issue.”
“I have had many conversations about this in recent years,” he added. “Almost everybody I have spoken to feels that the American flag and the state of California flag are enough on government buildings.”
If the ordinance introduction is approved on Tuesday, it would return for a final vote at a later meeting, most likely on May 23. The policy would officially take effect 30 days after final approval. The ordinance would apply to any county offices, yards, landmarks or parks.
“There have been increasing numbers of controversies over specialty flags being flown at government buildings at … the local, state and national level,” Brandau wrote in a memo to his board colleagues. “Some agencies have been accused of promoting divisive and ideologically motivated speech on public property. Other agencies have been input in the unenviable role of picking and choosing winners among potential flag raising events.”
“An incident has yet to occur at a Fresno County facility,” he added, “but the county does not have a formal flag policy in place.”
FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – H Spees, former Fresno city official and candidate for mayor was injured following a fall in Florida last month.According to a ...
FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – H Spees, former Fresno city official and candidate for mayor was injured following a fall in Florida last month.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for him, the family of Harold “H” Spees says he sustained a fall on Wednesday, April 26 that caused a subdural hematoma. He is said to be in a Level 1 trauma hospital in Florida.
Mayor Jerry Dyer says he was shocked when he heard the news of H’s injury.
“H has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years. He’s been a prayer partner of mine, he’s been the guy that I’ve gone to the most over the years when I’m through difficult times,” said Dyer.
Mayor Dyer recounted fond memories of H and says that he has played a huge role in the impact on the city.
When I became the mayor, I retained him as the person overseeing our homeless efforts and H is the guy that is largely responsible for the success that I was able to enjoy during my first year as a mayor during Project Off-Ramp, in fact that project came from H.Mayor Jerry Dyer, City of Fresno
Mayor Dyer says the city needs to come together as a community for Spees and his family as he says H has been there for a lot of people for many years, helping anyone in need, as a pastor, and as a friend to many.
“He’s been much more than a friend, he’s been a confidant, he’s been somebody that I trust, but he’s also been somebody that was a very loyal employee to the city of Fresno, not only during my time as mayor but also during Lee Brand,” says Dyer.
The Spees family has also set up a CaringBride page to keep the community updated on H’s condition.