Blondee® Apples are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. Grown at Ha’s Apple Farm in Tehachapi, CA, Blondee® Apples are a relatively new apple variety, discovered a mere fourteen years ago along the banks of the Ohio River. Since that time, their popularity among apple lovers (and apple growers), has risen dramatically, due to their long shelf life, their crisp and crunchy texture, their sweet, yet slightly tart flavor, and their bright clear yellow color.
Blondee® Apples ripen early, at a time when other locally grown yellow Apple varieties are not nearly ready for market.
Like Gala Apples and Honeycrisp Apples, they arrive at local markets in late Summer, long before most apple varieties are ready for harvest. Blondee® Apples are delicious right off the tree, but they are also good when baked, or added to pies and tarts.
DID YOU KNOW: New Apple varieties are being discovered all the time, due to natural genetic mutation, and managed hybridization. Today, over 7,500 varieties of apples are officially recognized and cultivated throughout the world.
Price: $ 3 per pound.
Also in Season: 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 Summer Certified Farmers’ Market accepts CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Market also offers Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.
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.