First of the season California-grown Cherries are the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Summer, and a delicious way to introduce this year’s crop of California Stone Fruits. Cherries are also this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets. Several varieties are available, just in time for Memorial Day, including Bing, Royal Anne and more. Bing Cherries are large, dark red and firm. They are delicious eaten fresh from the tree. Royal Anne Cherries are similar in appearance and taste to the ever popular Ranier Cherry. They are delicious when eaten fresh as well, but are also good in pies, and are sometimes used to make Maraschino Cherries.
Did You Know: Modern Maraschino Cherries are a preserved form of Cherry, usually made from light-colored sweet Cherries such as Royal Ann, Rainier, or Gold varieties. The Cherries are soaked in a brine solution to bleach them, then dyed Red or Green with Food Coloring. The original Maraschino Cherries were a bit more natural. They were made from Marasca Cherries – a Cherry variety found in Croatia – and were preserved in a Liqueur that was made from crushed and sweetened Marasca Cherries.
Price: $5 to 6 per pound
DON’T FORGET: Our Seasonal Outdoor Markets will close as follows:
Palm Desert: Wed, May 22
Palm Springs: Sat, May 25
La Quinta: Sun, May 26
Our Indoor Summer Market (at the Palm Springs Pavilion) begins on Sat, June 1
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.