Kale is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market.Kale is available at all three market locations, and from several local farms; all pesticide-free, and some organic.
In culinary circles, Kale tends to be grouped with other “greens,” like Mustard, Turnip, and Swiss Chard, but it is actually more closely related to collard greens, broccoli, and cabbage. It is highly nutritious; with powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Often considered a modern “Super Food,” Kale contains high concentrations of beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Calcium, and is an excellent addition to fresh juice combinations. Most often eaten cooked, Kale can be boiled, but it loses much of its nutrition during the boiling process. To preserve health benefits, it is better to steam it, stir fry it, or even microwave it.
Did you know: During the Middle Ages, Kale was one of the most common green food vegetables in Europe. In modern times, it continues to be a popular food item, but has also gained popularity as a Winter ornamental plant in gardens throughout North America.
Price: $ 1.50 a bunch 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.