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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 C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid and more.

Talk about a super food! No wonder Popeye the Sailor was so fond of it!

Primitive forms of Spinach are still found in Nepal, where it was probably first domesticated. It is interesting to note, however, that other than the Indian subcontinent, Spinach was unknown in the ancient world. Spinach was first spread throughout Asia and the Mediterranean by Muslim Conquerors between 600 and 700 AD, and it was first popularized to the Western European World by Catherine de Medici, who, when she left her home in Florence, Italy, to marry the king of France, brought along her own chefs so they could prepare Spinach dishes for her. Since that time, dishes prepared on a bed of spinach are referred to as "a la Florentine."

Price: $2.00 per bag, and up.

Did You Know: The United States is the world’s second largest producer of Spinach (after China), and, within the United States, California is by far the largest producer of Spinach (producing almost three quarters of the U.S. Spinach harvest)!

Sidebar:

The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:

- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.

- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.

- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.

The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.


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