Locally-grown Berries are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Choose from delicious California blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, strawberriesand several varieties of raspberries (red, orange and golden yellow!).
Californians are fortunate to be able to enjoy a variety of California-grown berries year-round. In other parts of the country they are either seasonal crops, or berries that have been shipped in from other countries. Locally-grown berries tend to be tastier and juicier than commercial berries. They also come in many more varieties than are available at the grocery, because, like heirloom tomatoes, many of the most flavorful varieties are too fragile for mass production and shipping.
Did you know: The pigments that give berries their beautiful colors are also good for your health. Eating a diet rich in blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries may help to reduce your risk of several types of cancers. Blueberries and raspberries also contain lutein, which is important for healthy vision.
Price: $ 3 a pint and up, depending on the type and variety.
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.