Lemons are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market, and as any Lemon aficionado will tell you, there is more to the Lemon than the singular sour yellow citrus fruit you’ll find at most grocery stores. Lemons, like all citrus fruits, are open pollinated, and over the years, that has led to a variety of natural and manmade hybrids. You won’t find most of these hybrids at the grocery, but you will find them at the Certified Farmers’ Market.
Choose large, thin-skinned and sweet, Meyer Lemons, when you’re looking for a lemon that is sweeter and milder in flavor. Meyer Lemons are less acidic than other lemons but still add a true lemon flavor to pies, puddings, jams and jellies. Choose bold and sassy Eureka Lemons for lemonades, marinades, or recipes requiring lemon zest. Eureka Lemons have a thick rind and a deliciously sour pulp.
Looking for a lemon of a different color? Choose a Variegated Pink Lemon. Although they have the same deliciously sour flavor as other lemons, they have a green and yellow variegated skin, and their pulp runs from pink to pinkish orange.
Did you know: Although they are thought to have originated in either India, Burma and/or China, the real origin of the Lemon is largely a mystery. What we do know is that they have been cultivated by humans for nearly 4,000 years.
Price: .50 each or 3 for $1.
Also in Season: 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 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at 1515 Sixth Street in front of City Hall.
- 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.