Mushrooms are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the valley’s Certified Farmers’ Markets. Choose from cultivated Shitake, Maitake, Wood ear, Portobello, and Oyster Mushrooms – all grown by E & M Farms, and available by the basket or by the pound, and either by variety or mixed.
Edible Mushrooms have been used for both culinary purposes and medicinal purposes for centuries. The Chinese cultivated a variety of edible Mushrooms for both purposes in ancient times, and today, China remains one of the top five Mushroom-producing countries in the world. Some twenty species of Mushrooms are cultivated commercially, but a number of other popular Mushroom species (Porcini, Chanterelles, and Truffles to name a few) remain a challenge to cultivate and are gathered in the wild each year. White Mushrooms, also known as Button Mushrooms, are the most widely available in the United States, followed by Crimini and Portobello.
Did you know: Oyster Mushrooms, Wood ear Mushrooms, Shitake Mushrooms and Maitake Mushrooms are popular in all sorts of culinary circles in the United States, but are also highly prized for their medicinal qualities, particularly for their cancer fighting abilities. Oyster Mushrooms and Wood ear Mushrooms also contain statins, which can reduce cholesterol. Overall, Mushrooms, one of the few fungi that humans consume as food, are both good and good for us.
Price: $3.50 a basket or $12 per pound. Larger mixed baskets are also available for $5.
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 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at 1515, 6th Street, downtown Coachella.
- 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.