Summer Squash, this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week, is already making its debut at the valley’s Certified Farmers’ Markets. This versatile fruit (that’s right – although we all think of Summer Squash as a vegetable, it’s technically a fruit!) is one of America’s favorite side dishes, and although we mostly consume the fruit (harvested while the rinds are still tender), every part of the Summer Squash plant is edible (including the female blossoms, with tiny fruit attached, which are a delicacy when dipped in batter and fried).
Squash of all varieties grow throughout the Americas (where they were first domesticated), and have been a staple for people living in the Americas throughout recorded history. They were introduced to Europeans during the time of European colonization and have now become a favorite there, and throughout the world.
Most varieties are available year-round, but the tender locally-raised Summer Squash varieties are especially good when harvested while they are small and tender. Most of the elongated varieties are best when they are 2 inches or less in diameter and 6 to 8 inches long. Patty Pan types should be harvested when they are 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
Did you know: All Summer Squash varieties are members of the Gourd family, which also includes Pumpkins.
Price: $2 lb and up.
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.