Locally-grown lettuce is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Several lettuce varieties, many organic, and all pesticide-free, are available at all three locations, including Butter Lettuce, Oak Leaf Lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, mixed mesclun, and more.
Lettuce can be grown outdoors virtually year-round in California (except in the heat of the Summer when it has to retreat to greenhouse living). It grows best in sandy soil that is well watered, and is most delicious and nutritious when it has just been picked. The lettuce varieties available at the Certified Farmers’ Markets have generally been picked the day before you buy them. Can’t get much fresher than that!
Did you know: In the United States, most meals start with a salad containing one or more varieties of lettuce. But in Rome and Ancient Egypt, lettuce was always consumed at the end of the meal - and for a good reason – Lettuce contains Lactucarium - a mild opiate that can be used to induce sleep!
Price: $ 1.50 and up.
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, 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, fresh fish, fresh meats, 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.