Locally grown Herbs are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets. Herbs, whether live, freshly cut or dried, are a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving table. They are the perfect pick me up for any recipe deemed the least bit bland, and a great flavor enhancer for even the most treasured holiday dish. A variety of fresh Herbs , all pesticide free, and mostly organic, are available at all three market locations. Choose from fresh Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon Grass and more.
Did you know: An Herb is any type of plant that is valued for its flavor, fragrance, or medicinal properties. Although defined in botanical terms as herbaceous (non-woody) plants, Herbs are also woody plants (like Rosemary and Lavender, which are woody shrubs), trees (such as Bay Laurel), and even root vegetables (such as Garlic or Ginger). Herbs were the first form of medicine; used by prehistoric cultures throughout the world, and they were among the first non-food plants to be cultivated by ancient humans.
Price: Varies by type.
All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.
Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market: NEW HOURS in Palm Desert only (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). The Market is held at 72-599 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: The Market is held at 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)
La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: The Market is held in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).
The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and many of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”
The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 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.