Boysenberries, Olallieberries, and Blackberries are the first Fresh Pick of the Week from the 2014 Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. The Summer Market, which opens inside the Palm Springs Pavilion on Saturday, June 1st, has a variety of fresh, California-grown berries to help valley residents welcome the Summer Season to our valley.
Several varieties of Blackberries can be found at the market, and all of them are descended from their wild perennial cousins, which grow in profusion all over the world in the woods, on the sides of roads, on hillsides, in fields, and in hedgerows. But Blackberries are not only happy to grow and reproduce. They are also happy to participate with other berries in the creation of new, and ever more delicious hybrids. Boysenberries are one such hybrid. A California native, Boysenberries are the result of a hybrid between a European Raspberry, a Common Blackberry, and a Loganberry. Olallieberries are yet another hybrid. They result from a cross between the Loganberry (itself a hybrid between Blackberries and Raspberries) and the Youngberry (a cross between Blackberries, Raspberries and Dewberries). The good news? All these berries are delicious, and nutritious, whether eaten fresh, added to cereal or fruit salads, made into jams, jellies or preserves, or cooked into pies or cobblers and served with ice cream. Try several to see which one you prefer!
Did You Know: Boysenberries, Olallieberries, and Blackberries are not true berries, at least in the botanical sense. Rather, they are an aggregate fruit composed of small drupelets. That technicality, however, has had little effect on the many loyal fans of Boysenberries, Olallieberries, and Blackberries – among them - humans, birds, deer, cattle, and a variety of caterpillars.
Price: $4 per pack, or /$10 for a 3-pack
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four 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.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org font color="#0000FF">http://www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org> .
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.