Goat Cheese tops the list as this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Available from two local farms (Nicolau and Drake’s), our fresh-from-the-farm Goat Cheese comes in the classic form of chevre (which is French for goat) in a variety of flavors, and also in the form of Goat Feta. Goat Cheese also fuels a number of related farm products available at the market, including Goat Cheese stuffed ravioli, Goat Cheese Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, and three flavors of delicious Goat Cheese popsicles!
Goat Cheese (along with Goat Milk), was consumed by humans long before cow’s milk. Although similar in chemical composition to cheese made from cow’s milk, Goat Cheese is lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol. It has a unique tart and salty flavor – the former due to the particular types of fatty acids it contains, and the latter due to the fact that Goat Cheese is often brined. The texture of Goat Cheese ranges from soft and buttery to firm and flaky, with many newer forms mimicking types of cheese that are more commonly associated with those made from cows’ milk. Don’t look for all those new varieties at the Certified Farmers’ Markets, though. Our farmers make the traditional Goat Cheese varieties that have been made by goat farmers for thousands of years.
Did You Know: Goat Cheese has quite a long culinary and literary history in Greece. In the Odyssey, Homer refers to a woman stirring wine with goat cheese to reduce the acidity of the wine.
Price: $5 and up. Varies, depending on the type of goat cheese, and/or goat cheese product.
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.