This week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the Certified Farmers’ Market is not so much a pick as a pullet. Farm-raised free-range pullets and cockerels (female and male chickens under a year in age, respectively) are the latest addition to the market. Farm-raised free-range Chickens are becoming more popular, both for their meat and for their eggs, because research shows that free-range (or “pastured”) animals are typically healthier and stronger; with meat that is more tender and flavorful, and eggs that have less saturated fat and less cholesterol. Free-range farming is also better for the land, and for the chickens themselves; improving the soil and allowing the chickens to practice normal bird behavior.
Farm-raised free-range Chickens (and their eggs!) are available at all three market locations from Rivendeniera Farms – a local sustainable farm that also offers several types of mushrooms as well as a variety of other no-pesticide/spray produce.
Price: $15 for a whole bird, or $3.50 per pound for cut-up breasts, thighs and/or giblets.
Did You Know: Chickens have been domesticated for over 10,000 years, and all domesticated chickens are descended primarily from the Red Junglefowl - a tropical member of the Pheasant family with which domesticated chickens can still interbreed.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three 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 Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.
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.