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Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers' Markets!

This week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the Certified Farmers’ Market is not so much a pick as a pullet. Farm-raised free-range pullets and cockerels (female and male chickens under a year in age, respectively) are the latest addition to the market. Farm-raised free-range Chickens are becoming more popular, both for their meat and for their eggs, because research shows that free-range (or “pastured”) animals are typically healthier and… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on February 16, 2010 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for February 6, 2010

Spinach is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the Certified Farmers’ Market, and several varieties of fresh locally-grown Spinach are available at all three Certified Farmers’ Market locations.



Spinach has an extremely high nutritional value, and is rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh or steamed. Spinach is also a great source of a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin…
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Added by Michael Carroll Green on February 8, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market To Celebrate First Anniversary of Palm Desert location!

Celebration slated for Wednesday, February 10, 2010; Ribbon-Cutting at 10am.



The Palm Springs Cultural Center today announced that it will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of its popular Palm Desert location with a give-aways, a birthday cake, and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony this coming Wednesday, February 10, 2010. The Palm…

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Added by Michael Carroll Green on February 7, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week forJanuary 31, 2010

Mandarin Oranges are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the Certified Farmers’ Market. Mandarin Oranges, as their name implies, originated in Southeast Asia, and were likely at least one of the early ancestors of all modern oranges (along with Pomelos).



Today, Mandarin Oranges are distributed commercially in several varieties, including Mikan…
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Added by Michael Carroll Green on February 7, 2010 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for January 11, 2010!

Beets are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the Certified Farmers’ Market, and are available from several farmers at all three valley locations. Beets are an amazing food crop, but most of us only think of them as the red root vegetable that is generally served cooked, stir-fried or pickled. What many people do not know is that the green leafy part of the Beet plant is also edible, and was quite popular (more so that its roots) until its leafier cousins –… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on January 11, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for January 4, 2010

The First Fresh Pick of the New Decade has been a human food source for at least 10,000 years. Ancient humans living in what is now Spain (during the Mesolithic Period) are depicted hunting for it in cave paintings. So it should come as no surprise that by the time humans began recording their history with writing (around 2100 B.C.), our Fresh Pick was already old news!



What is it? Honey! The Labor of Love (and food source) for Honeybees, and the Nectar of the… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on January 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick: Farm Fresh Eggs!

At the Certified Farmers’ Market, the eggs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and they’re all Farm Fresh, Hormone-free, and naturally delicious – whether they come from chickens, ducks or even quail! Eggs that come from poultry that is allowed to range free are nutritious, better tasting, and better for you. Free range eggs contain about half as much cholesterol as factory-raised eggs. They are also twice as rich in Vitamin E, up to six times richer in beta carotene… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on January 11, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for Christmas 2009!

Fresh Cut Flowers are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Each week, Juan Arriaga, of Arriaga Farms, brings in a fresh batch of California-grown cut flowers – direct from the farm to the markets. Choose from sunflowers, lilies, mixed bouquets, and more – all fresh cut and ready for holiday tables.



California's unique climate means that flower growers like Arriaga Farms can produce some of the finest cut… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on December 26, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for December 15, 2009

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the week: California-Grown Macadamia Nuts!



Macadamia Nuts
are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week, and although most Americans think of our fiftieth state, Hawaii, when they think of Macadamia Nuts, ours are grown locally by the folks at MnM’s Nuthouse in nearby Fallbrook, California. MnM’s Nuthouse is a family-owned and operated farm, started by Tom Cooper back in the 1970s, and now run by his son Mark, and… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on December 15, 2009 at 8:27am — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for December 1, 2009

Swiss Chard is one of the most versatile, yet overlooked of the many varieties of edible greens available today. Fresh young Swiss Chard is a great addition to salads, and mature chard (leaves and stems) can be cooked, stir-fried or sauteed. Although slightly bitter when eaten in salads, Swiss Chard’s bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a delicious flavor which is akin to beet greens (to which Chard is related), and more delicate than cooked spinach (another… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on December 2, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for November 22, 2009

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the week: Farm Grown Plant Starts!



If you’re ready to start your Winter Garden (something we are lucky enough to be able to do here in Southern California), drop by the Certified Farmers’ Markets this week and pick up some local farm-grown plant starts! Choose from a variety of vegetable starts, including tomatoes, herbs, peppers and more! There are also plenty of succulent and/or cacti plant starts for those prefer to stick… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on November 24, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for November 16, 2009

Potatoes are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week, and there are at least six different varieties of potatoes available at the Certified Farmers’ Markets this week. Choose from white rose, pink rose, red, Yukon gold, Russet, blue, and fingerlings in a variety of colors! And although the colors vary greatly, all potatoes have a very similar flavor. They are not, however, all the same, when it comes to cooking. Russets, for example, are high in starch, so they are better… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on November 24, 2009 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for November 12, 2009

Persimmons, the edible fruit of the Persimmon Tree, are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week. Persimmons are quite delicious, but before you bite into one, make sure you know which kind of persimmon it is, and whether or not it’s ripe. Otherwise you may find yourself spitting it out and looking for a quick splash of water to wash your mouth out.



Persimmon Basics: There are two types of persimmons that are commercially available– astringent and… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on November 12, 2009 at 8:52am — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for October 26, 2009

Winter Squash tops this week’s list for Fresh Pick of the Week. Several varieties – many organic – are available from multiple farms, and at all three Certified Farmers’ Market locations. Winter Squash differs from summer squash in that it is harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage, when the seeds within have matured fully and the skin has hardened to a tough rind. Winter Squash is generally cooked before eating. It is not grown or harvested in… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on October 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for October 19th, 2009

California’s Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is responsible for telling the world about the great milk being produced by California’s Happy Cows. But milk isn’t the only thing all those happy cows are producing, and the happy cows aren’t the only ones producing milk. California’s goats are also getting into the act, and California farmers are using milk from both cows and goats to produce some world-class cheeses – and we’ve got several great examples of Locally-made… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on October 20, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for October 5th, 2009

Onions, Onions Everywhere!





Everybody loves Onions. And while everyone has their own preference when it comes to eating them - raw, cut up in a salad, pickled, sliced on a hamburger, dried, canned, stir-fried, or cooked up in a soup - Onions of every description are basic fare for almost every table and every human culture in the world. And why not? They are among the oldest human foods (dating back to the Bronze Age), and remain one of the most versatile… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on October 5, 2009 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Fresh Pick of the Week for September 28, 2009

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the week: Melons! Melons! Melons!



Cantaloupes, Watermelons, and Honeydew melons
are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets. They’re an end of Summer sensation, and offer a delicious start to cooler Autumn weather. These popular edible fruits (yes, they are fruits!) originate mostly in tropical areas, and were among the earliest cultivated plants in both the Old and New Worlds. They… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on September 28, 2009 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Markets Open to Rave Reviews!

The 2009/10 Season for the Coachella Valley's three Certified Farmers' Markets got off to a great start this weekend (and continues this coming Wednesday when the Palm Desert Market opens). The Palm Springs Market opened on Saturday and the Market in Old Town La Quinta opened on Sunday. Visitors and farmers alike said it was like a homecoming to welcome the markets back after the Summer break.



"We're back and happy to see all our friends from last year," said… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on September 28, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Opening Dates Set for 2009/10 Season of Certified Farmers’ Markets

All Three Locations to Reopen Last Week of September.



The Palm Springs Cultural Center announced today that all three of its popular Certified Farmers’ Markets will open for their 2009/10 Season the last week of September. “The Palm Springs Market will open on Saturday, September 26th, the Old Town La Quinta Market will open on Sunday, September 27th, and the Mid-week Market in Palm Desert will open on Wednesday, September 30th,” said Paul Palodichuk, Market… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on September 22, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for June 5th, 2009

Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, and Plums, oh my! The season’s first stone fruits are in at the Palm Springs and Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Markets (The La Quinta Market is closed for the season). Choose from a wide variety of stone fruits (some organic) fresh from the farm(s), including white peaches, yellow peaches, white nectarines, yellow nectarines, several varieties of apricots, and many plum varieties you just won’t see in stores. They’re all fresh picked, and… Continue

Added by Michael Carroll Green on June 5, 2009 at 4:58pm — No Comments

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