If you’ve visited the Certified Farmers’ Markets lately, you’ve probably noticed some Shady Ladies at the market. Some are red, and some are green, but all of them are juicy and delicious. That’s because these Shady Ladies are Shady Lady Tomatoes from Wong’s Farms, and they’re this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market.
Located just to the South of us on the North Shore of the Salton Sea, Wong’s Farms grows tomatoes hydroponically on their 3-acre farm. Farmer Deborah Wong Chamberlain says that Shady Lady Tomatoes are the variety that grows best, and is proud of the fact that her tomatoes “taste like a tomato is supposed to taste.”
Did you know:Shady Lady Tomatoes are well known in California for being a top performer on the farms, and a favorite at local farmers' markets. Their large vines with ample foliage (hence the name) provide excellent coverage for the fruit, preventing sunburn (and making them a favorite for desert growers and tomato aficionados)!
Price: $1 a pound and up.
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Apple Cider and apple jams, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Kiwis, Oranges, Pistachios, Grapefruit, Kale, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Fava Beans, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, , Asparagus, Cherimoyas , organic raisins .. . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, Gouda 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 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.