The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents:
The Fresh Pick of the Week From the Certified Farmers’ Markets!
The Winter Citrus season is in full swing here in Southern California, and with it comes a variety of seasonal citrus favorites. Topping the Fresh Pick of the Week Citrus list this week are Blood Oranges. Blood Oranges, sometimes called Sicilian Oranges or Berry Oranges, unlike other oranges, have a flesh that is mostly a deep red in color, due to the presence of anthocyanins, a family of antioxidant pigments that are common to many flowers, berries and other fruits, but uncommon in citrus fruits.
Blood Oranges are typically smaller than other oranges, with rinds that vary between orange and deep red, depending on the variety. They have a distinctive flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of berries, and can be either sweet or tart, depending on the variety. They are delicious when eaten fresh, but can also be used in salads, desserts, juices, or even as a flavor enhancer for sodas and sorbets.
Price: $1 per pound.
Did you know: Blood Oranges require cool night temperatures in order to develop their characteristic deep red color. In the United States, they are mostly grown in Texas and California, and their season typically runs from December to May. Florida Orange Growers experimented with Blood Oranges but did not find great success with them due to a lack of cool (but not freezing) Fall and Winter nights.
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.
All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)
La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).
Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market:(8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 72-599 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).
The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and more than 60% of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”
The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 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.