Chard, sometimes referred to as Swiss Chard, is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Chard, which is usually classified (at least in culinary terms) as a type of “green,” is actually a form of beet, albeit one that has been bred for its delicious and highly nutritious leaves (at the expense of its root bulb). Green is also a bit of a misnomer when applied to Chard as a color. Chard, or at least the stalks and ribs of the plant, comes in a variety of colors – white, red, yellow, pink, ruby – even rainbow, making it a lovely specimen for gardens and flower beds. But don’t choose Chard for its color alone. Choose it because it is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables! That’s right. Chard is chock-full of Vitamins A, C, and K, and contains a variety of polyphenol antioxidants (natural compounds that are well-known for their cancer-fighting properties). Nor are Chard’s antioxidants limited to the conventional ones that most plants contain. No! Chard has a record thirteen types of antioxidants, including several that have anti-inflammatory properties, others that can help detoxify the blood, and one superstar antioxidant that has actually been shown to help regulate blood sugar.
Did You Know: “Swiss” Chard is not native to Switzerland at all. It comes from the Mediterranean. Nineteenth Century seed manufacturers gave Chard the name “Swiss” in order to differentiate it from “French” Spinach!
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, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, 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 four 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 Saturdays in Coachella, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, In front of City Hall on Sixth Street.
- 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 Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
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.