APPLES are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. APPLES are one of the most widely cultivated fruit trees in the world, and hold a special place in American culture (An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, As American as Apple Pie, An Apple for the Teacher, Johnny Appleseed, etc.), but ironically, only the crabapple is native to North America! All the other members of the species Malus domestica (APPLES) originated in Western Asia. APPLES have been cultivated by humans in Asia and Europe for thousands of years, but came to North America only recently (relatively speaking) with the arrival of European Colonists. In that short time, APPLES have become a favored fruit, and today, there are over 7,500 varieties of APPLES bred for everything from cooking to juicing to eating fresh from the tree.
Several varieties of APPLES are available at all four Certified Farmers’ Market locations, including Pink Ladies, Winesap, Fuji, Cameo, and Granny Smith. All of them come from local farms , and are pesticide free. Check with the farmers to find out which varieties are best for eating or cooking, as well as which are sweet, tart, or some delicious combination thereof!
Did you know: Modern APPLES are generally propagated by grafting, although wild apples grow easily from seeds (which are actually slightly poisonous and can trigger allergic reactions).
Price: $3 a pound and up.
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 Sixth Street in front of City Hall.
- 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.