Old Town La Quinta Market opens Sunday, September 26th,
and Palm Desert opens Wednesday, September 29th.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center announced today that its popular Certified Farmers’ Markets will be opening for their Fall 2010 Season at the end of September. For valley chefs, home cooks, food lovers, and those who prefer locally grown, mostly organic food, the announcement is cause for celebration.
“My partner and I have done some traveling this summer to Los Angeles and San Diego, and while we were there, we took advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that were available at the coastal markets. We are very excited to have our Certified Farmers’ Market back now that the weather is getting cooler.” said local resident Colin Sowa. “One of our favorite weekend pastimes is going to the Farmers' Market on Saturday morning and getting some coffee and bread, then seeing what fruits and vegetables look good that week. We purchase what appeals to us and then build our meals for the week around it.”
Leslie Locken, of Old Town La Quinta agreed. "La Quinta residents are very excited that the Certified Farmers Market in La Quinta is reopening. Truth be told, though, I think our restaurant owners and merchants of Old Town La Quinta are equally excited to have the market back. In addition to promoting healthier food choices to the community and residents of La Quinta, the Certified Farmers Market also brings business to the restaurants and merchants in Old Town, and reminds residents to support local business by shopping local."
The Certified Farmers’ Markets, which first opened the Saturday Market in Palm Springs in the Fall of 2007, quickly expanded into La Quinta with a Sunday Market, then further expanded into Palm Desert with a Mid-week (Wednesday) Market. The 2010 Fall season marks the fourth year the markets have been in operation. “The Markets were popular from the start,” said Ric Supple, President of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the charitable organization that sponsors the Certified Farmers’ Markets. “They were clearly something the community was craving, no pun intended, and they continue to be very well received by local residents.”
New This Season.
Certified Farmers’ Market Customers will find several new additions to the Markets this season, including Poppa’s Fresh Fish, which will be joining the Palm Springs Market on October 16th, Cayuma Orchards, which will be bringing their Organic apples to all three market locations, Malibu Organic Olive Oil (also in all three markets), and finally (at least for now), the addition of Green fed beef (Palm Springs only) to the Sage Mountain Farms booth.
“Sage Mountain Farms has been with us almost since the beginning,” said Paul Palodichuk, Market Manager. “Phil and Juany Nobel, who own and operate the farm, are solid believers in sustainable, organic farming. They grow produce for taste and freshness - not for shipping and long shelf life. That translates into food that tastes better, and is better for you! We are particularly excited that they are bringing their beef to the market this year.”
Certified Farmers’ Markets - Good For Everyone.
California’s Certified Farmers' Markets like the three sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center are instrumental in preserving the diversity of California agriculture by providing marketing outlets for the small acreage farmers - growers of heirloom, culinary, ethnic, and specialty crops not widely grown or found at traditional food sources. They also support local farmers by providing a way for them to sell their produce directly to consumers, and reduce the overall carbon footprint by reducing the need for transportation and storage.