It’s Pumpkin time, and the farmers at all three Certified Farmers’ Market locations are ready with locally-grown pumpkins. Choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and colors for everything from your most creative Halloween Jack-o-Lantern to the perfect pumpkin pie!
Pumpkins are grown all over the world, and on six of the seven continents (Antarctica being the one exception). They are believed to have originated in North America; with evidence of pumpkin seeds having been eaten by natives of what is now Mexico as long ago as between 7000 B.C. Pumpkins held a special place for American colonists, and continue to be popular in North America, especially during the holidays (from Halloween to Christmas). They are, in fact, one of the most popular crops in the United States, which produces approximately 1.5 billion pounds per year, and in California, which is one of the top five pumpkin producing states!
Did you know: Although Charlie Brown’s friend Linus has never actually seen the Giant Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch on Halloween night, Giant Pumpkins really do exist. The current world record-holder weighed in at a whopping 1,725-pounds at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off in Oct 2009.
Price: $ 2 and up.
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 Chamber of Commerce, 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.