October 3, 2010, Palm Springs, CA - Silver King Sweet Corn is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets. Silver King is a white hybrid corn variety that is sugary sweet with tender kernals. Developed from an earlier hybrid, Silver Queen, Silver King has a longer shelf life and a higher sugar content. Sweet Corn is a warm weather crop and the season is coming to an end in Southern California, so be sure to catch this delicious, locally-grown crop before it’s gone.
Did you know: A single gene mutation separates sweet corn from (non-sweet) field corn, and the “sugar” gene is recessive. As a result, sweet corn must be isolated from field corn during its growing season to avoid cross-pollination. If it is not isolated, by either distance or growing time, and cross pollination occurs, all the resulting corn will be field corn.
Price: $ 3 ears for $2 or .75 each
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 Chamber of Commerce, 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.