Locally-grown Carrots are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Carrots are one of the most popular root vegetables in the United States, and are widely enjoyed throughout the world. The most commonly eaten part of the Carrot is its tasty taproot, but the greens are edible as well (and contain Vitamin K, which the root does not). The Carrots you’ll find at the market are all locally grown, and pesticide free. Many are also organic.
Carrots are truly a versatile food plant, and can be eaten in a variety of ways – raw, steamed, boiled, fried, grated, diced, and even juiced. They are most commonly thought of in culinary circles as a vegetable, although the relative sweetness of the Carrot lends itself to a variety of fruit-like uses as well, including jams, preserves, puddings, cupcakes, quickbreads and even cakes.
Nutritionally, Carrots are a super food, with plenty of betacarotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A. They are also an excellent source of vitamins B and C, potassium, copper, folic acid, thiamine and magnesium, as well as calcium pectate, an extraordinary pectin fiber that has been found to have cholesterol-lowering properties.
Price: $2.00 per bunch.
Did You Know: The city of Holtville, California, located just to the South of the Coachella Valley in Imperial county, promotes itself as "Carrot Capital of the World", and holds an annual festival devoted entirely to the carrot.
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.
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.