POTATOES are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market, and there are several varieties of POTATOES available from most farms. Choose from white rose, pink rose, red, Yukon gold, Russet, blue, and fingerlings in a variety of colors!
Although the colors, shapes and sizes vary, all POTATOES have a very similar flavor. When it comes to cooking, though, they are definitely NOT all the same. Russets are high in starch, so they are better either for baking, or for mashing (because they tend to crumble and fall apart when cooked). Conversely, most white and rose or red varieties are low in starch, and are therefore better for boiling and roasting, or in recipes (scalloped, au gratin, etc.) because they hold their shapes better when cooked. Yukon gold and blue or purple POTATOES are medium starch POTATOES and are often referred to as “all purpose” potatoes. Fingerlings (of all colors) are low starch potatoes.
Did you know Wild POTATO species are native to the Western Hemisphere, and grow from the United States (in the North) to Uruguay and Peru (in the South). Although Peru is the birthplace of the POTATO, over 99% of the almost 4,000 varieties of potatoes cultivated throughout the world today are descendants of a subspecies that is indigenous to south-central Chile.
Price: $1.50/pound and up, depending on the variety.
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.