First of the season California Apricots are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the 2013 Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. California is the undisputed leader in Apricot production in the United States, producing 95% of the annual Apricot harvest. Most California Apricots are grown on small, family-owned farms, many of whom produce all organic fruit, and all of whom pride themselves in producing one of the state’s most highly prized fruit crops. These small, delicately-flavored orange fruits have a relatively short peak season, and will likely only be available at the markets through July, so grab them while you can!
Apricots are highly nutritious, with plenty of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, iron, Vitamin A, copper, and lycopene. They contain some of the highest levels, and the widest variety of carotenoids of any food. Apricots are also very high in fiber, low in saturated fat and sodium, and contain no cholesterol.
Did You Know: Apricots have been cultivated by humans since prehistoric times. Remains of Apricots have been found in archeological sites as old as 5,000 B.C. As a result, their origin is often disputed, although they certainly originated somewhere near Armenia (the Country after which they are named), the Caucasus, the Himalayas, and China.
Price: $2 per pound
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.
Sidebar: The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org font color="#0000FF">http://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.