Locally-Grown Turnips are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets. Turnips have been a part of the human diet for quite some time. There is actually evidence that they were domesticated before the 15th century BC, and just to give you an idea of how long ago that actually was, Athens was still a kingdom, Egypt was still ruled by Pharoahs, and both the Greek and Roman empires were still centuries away from existing. In fact, by early Roman times, Turnips were a well-established food crop.
Every part of the Turnip is edible, from the bottom of its fleshy root to the tips of its dark green leaves. The roots and/or the stems and leaves are most often boiled, stewed or sauteed. The roots can also be pickled. All parts of the Turnip contain high amounts of Vitamin C, and the leaves are a good source of Vitamin A, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and calcium.
Did you know: Turnips are cultivated for both human and livestock consumption. Pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and even horses enjoy both the leaves and the roots.
Price: $1.50 per pound
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: Opens Saturday, October 5th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held at 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)
La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Sunday, Sept. 25th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).
Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Wednesday, Sept. 28th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held at 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.