Egyptian Pharoahs believed they could bestow immortality, and kept them only for themselves. Chinese healers have used them as medicines for over 2,000 years. Ancient Aztecs used them in religious ceremonies and shamanic rituals. But modern day humans have found what is possibly the best of all uses for mushrooms – eating them!
The cultivation of edible mushrooms got started in the United States just over one hundred years ago. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy these edible fungi, rapid advances in American Fungiculture have provided quite an assortment of nutritious, edible mushrooms. And in fact, several varieties are actually grown right here in Southern California!
Rivadeneira Farms produces home-raised, free range chickens, farm-fresh eggs (from geese, ducks, chickens and quail), potatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh mushrooms - Crimini, Portabella, Shitaki, and Oyster! For mushroom aficionados, these mushrooms are the best of the best – fresh, locally-grown, and tasty! They are available at a number of area Farmers’ Markets, including the three Certified Farmers’ Market locations here in the Coachella Valley.
Did you know: Fungi are so different from plants and animals that scientists actually placed them in their own kingdom. It wasn't always so, however. Until the 1700s, scientists thought fungi were plants.
Price: $5 per basket
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.