A plethora of locally-grown mixed lettuce greens are available this week at the three Certified Farmers’ Market locations. Leaf lettuces of several varieties (including oakleaf, red oakleaf, and Italian leaf lettuce) can be purchased from Sage Mountain Organics, Doug Powell Farms, Lichen Z Farm and others! But the leaf lettuces are only the beginning. There are also romaine varieties, mesclun, baby romaine, dandelion, chicory, chervil, sorrel,radicchio, as well as some salad herbs, including basil – all fresh from the farm. Better yet, they are all are pesticide-free, and most are organic.
Although most leaf lettuces are eaten raw, whether in salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, or other dishes, they are also good when cooked or lightly stir-fried. In the Southern United States, fresh leaf lettuce is sometimes quickly wilted by having hot bacon grease poured over it before serving, in many Asian countries lettuces are commonly cooked as a side item, or as part of a main dish, and in France, there is actually a popular recipe for lettuce soup!
Did you know: All Lettuce varieties are members of the Daisy family – the second largest family of flowering plants!
Price: $4 per bag
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.
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.