Although the 1991 movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, made them into a household name throughout the world, Green Tomatoes have a culinary history that goes well beyond the traditional Southern Side Dish. And that’s why Green Tomatoes are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the valley’s three Certified Farmers’ Markets.
Wang’s Farms, located on the North Shore of the Salton Sea, brings their tasty (and ever so popular) Shady Lady tomatoes to the market every week. But you may also notice a stack of Green Tomatoes on their table. Picked when they are full size, but still unripe, Green Tomatoes are prized by chefs and home cooks alike, and not just for frying. Green Tomatoes are a popular ingredient in all sorts of salsas, relishes, chow chows, chutney’s and crispy pickle recipes. The taste, and the texture of Green Tomatoes are both quite distinct from their ripened counterparts. They are crisp, often tangy, and hold their form, even when fried.
Did you know: Green Tomotoes are a seasonal dish, and are typically only available during the tomato growing season, or at the end of the tomato growing season when all the remaining fruit on the tomato plants is harvested before frost. They tend not to be commercially available (year-round) like ripe tomotoes, although even that is changing as they are becoming more and more popular in homes and in restaurants.
Price: $3.29 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.
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.