Grand Opening Slated for Wednesday, February 11, 2009.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center today announced that it has reached an agreement with the City of Palm Desert to open a third location for its popular Certified Farmers' Market. "We are thrilled to be adding a mid-week Certified Farmers' Market in Palm Desert," said Paul Palodichuk, Manager of the Palm Springs Cultural Center's Certified Farmers' Markets. "We will be located at the Palm Desert Visitor Center every Wednesday, beginning on February 11th, and continuing through Wednesday, June 10th."
The Palm Desert mid-week market will open at 9am and run through 1:30pm. "We are opening it an hour later than our weekend Markets in order to avoid morning traffic, and keeping it open an hour later so people can shop during their lunch hour." said David Todd, Executive Director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. "The City of Palm Desert has really embraced the market, and we are proud to add them as our third location. "
Palm Desert Mayor Bob Spiegel agreed. "We are very pleased to have a Certified Farmers' Market in Palm Desert. Our residents and visitors alike will have better access to fresh, flavorful products, and the fact that they are locally and sustainably produced will complement the City's efforts to save energy and the environment."
The Certified Farmers' Market Program is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Its three locations and operating hours are as follows:
- Palm Springs - Every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The Palm Springs Market is located adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell. Last year, the Palm Springs Market drew upwards of 1,000 to 1,500 shoppers weekly during its first Spring season.
- Old Town La Quinta - Every Sunday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The La Quinta Market is located in Old Town La Quinta, 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- Palm Desert - Starting Wednesday, February 11, 2009, and running every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. The Palm Desert Market is located at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111. (NOTE: The Palm Desert Visitor Center is within the Entrada del Paseo Complex. In addition to the Certified Farmers' Market and the Palm Desert Visitor Center, the complex is home to two upscale restaurants, the recently expanded Eric Johnson Memorial Gardens, and the new Henderson Community Building, which houses the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call the Palm Desert Visitor Center at 568-1441 or the Palm Springs Cultural Center at (760) 322-3521.)
The Certified Farmers' Market brings together a variety of regional farmers, most of whom are located within one hundred miles of the three Certified Farmers‚ Market locations. California's Certified Farmers' Market Program was created by the California Department of Agriculture, and provides an opportunity for small farmers to market their products without the added expenses of commercial preparation. This increases their net income and makes it possible for them to stay in business. There are approximately 520 certified farmers markets and approximately 2,900 certified producers in the State of California. Of these markets, 51% are year-round markets and the balance is seasonal.
A variety of products are currently in season, and/or available at the three local Certified Farmer's Market locations, including Apples, Apple Cider and apple jams, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Walnuts, Almonds, Kiwis, Oranges, Pomegranates, Grapefruit, Kale, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Melons, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Figs, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Peas, Radishes, Leeks, Corn, Brussels Sprouts, Pears, Oranges, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, artisan breads, raw Gouda cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars as well as a selection of cut flowers and exotic plants including a varied selection of hybrid Orchids. Certified Farmer‚s Market Manager, Paul Palodichuk, can be reached at 760-898-5250
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.