Three Valley Certified Farmers Markets
Set to Open, Starting October 5th!
Presented by Palm Springs Cultural Center
Palm Springs Market Opens Saturday, October 5th
Old Town La Quinta Market Opens Sunday, October 6th,
and Palm Desert Market Opens Wednesday, October 9th.
Coachella Valley foodies (chefs, restaurant owners, home cooks, food lovers, and everyone else who prefer locally grown, mostly organic food) have reason to celebrate this week. The valley’s three State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets open for their 2013/2014 Season, starting this coming Saturday (10/5) in Palm Springs, Sunday in Old Town La Quinta (10/6), and the following Wednesday in Palm Desert (10/9).
Sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Certified Farmers’ Markets have become a valley tradition, and regular customers eagerly anticipate their return each Fall. “We’ve had a number of calls from people asking when the markets will open,” said Paul Palodichuk, General Manager of the Certified Farmers’ Markets. “Everyone is excited to begin this new season. We have most of our local favorites returning, we’ve added some new farms, and we’ve also added a section for locally-produced cottage foods. For our Grand Opening In Palm Springs, we’ll also have the MIX 100.5 FM Party Bus at the Market”
The Palm Springs Market will also include a new Market Café, courtesy of the Camelot Internationale Café. Executive Chef, Hector Salvatierra will be serving his famous homemade waffles with a variety of farm-fresh toppings, and a new brand of organic coffee that he sourced through the market. Taste tests have confirmed that all of the offerings are “outrageously delicious.” Old Town La Quinta’s market will also include new food options - a Farm-Fresh Brunch, courtesy of Solano’s Bistro.
Foodie Movies (part of the City of Palm Springs’ Sustainability Film Series), will also return to the Palm Springs Market this coming Saturday (10/5), courtesy of a partnership with the City of Palm Springs and its Office of Sustainability. Symphony of the Soil will screen at the Camelot Theatres on Saturday morning at 9am and is FREE of charge.
All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Saturday, October 5th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held at 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)
La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Sunday, Sept. 25th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).
Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Wednesday, Sept. 28th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held at 72-599 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).
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.