Fresh Microgreens are back on the menu at the market, and they’re this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week! Sometimes called ”Salad” confetti, Microgreens add color, texture and flavor to a variety of recipes. But Microgreens are not just pretty (although they are pretty tasty). Microgreens are also chock-full of vitamins and minerals, sometimes having as much as four to six times more nutrients as the mature plant!
Microgreens have been grown in the United States since about the mid-1990s, having first appeared right here in Southern California. At first, only a few varieties were available, but now the selection has expanded to include all sorts of lettuces, vegetables and herbs, including broccoli, arugula, radish, watercress, and more!
DID YOU KNOW: Microgreens are not the same thing as Sprouts. Sprouts are seeds germinated in water just long enough (usually 48 hours) to grow roots, a stem and pale, underdeveloped leaves. Microgreens, on the other hand, require soil and sunlight, and need to grow at least 7 days before they can be harvested.
Price: $2 per ounce
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.