Tomatillos this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. Available from several local farms, our Tomatillos
are all locally-grown and are available in both the familiar green/yellow variety and the less commonly seen purple variety. Many people mistake Tomatillos as a form of tomato, but despite being in the same botanical family as tomatoes – the nightshades - Tomatillos are actually more closely related to Gooseberries. Tomatillos originated in Mexico, and are key ingredients in many Mexican and other Latin American dishes. Green Tomatillos are most often used in fresh or cooked Green Sauces. Purple Tomatillos tend to be slightly sweeter, and, although they are sometimes still used in sauces like their green cousins, they can be also be used for jams, jellies and preserves. All Tomatillos have a papery husk like Gooseberries. The husk is inedible and should be removed.
DID YOU KNOW: If you’re hoping to grow your own Tomatillos, be sure to plant several plants. In order to set fruit, two or more plants are needed to ensure proper pollination.
Price: $2 per pound
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 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.