Certified Farmers' Market

The 2009/10 Season for the Coachella Valley's three Certified Farmers' Markets got off to a great start this weekend (and continues this coming Wednesday when the Palm Desert Market opens). The Palm Springs Market opened on Saturday and the Market in Old Town La Quinta opened on Sunday. Visitors and farmers alike said it was like a homecoming to welcome the markets back after the Summer break.

"We're back and happy to see all our friends from last year," said Paul Palodichuk, Market Manager. "We're also happy to see all our returning farmers, and welcome some new ones."

The three Certified Farmers' Markets, sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, are certified by both the State and the County, as are all the farmers who participate. All the produce comes from within one hundred miles, and much of it comes either from the Coachella Valley itself, or from surrounding counties.

Certified California Farmers' Markets are the "real thing"
- offering California grown produce directly from the local farmers who produce it. Before a farmer can sell at a California Certified Farmers' Market, the government checks to make sure they are growing their own produce. Elimination of packing, shipping, and wholesale costs means that both farmers and consumers save on safe, nutritious, vine and tree-ripened fruit and vegetables that are California Grown and Certified by the State.

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