Mangoes from Wong Farms are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets. Well-known locally for their wonderful Shady Lady Tomatoes, Wong Farms also grow some of the best Mangoes you’ll ever taste.
Commercially-grown mangoes are chosen from varieties that store and ship well, and although they look good, the taste is sometimes bland, and the flesh is often stringy and fibrous. Not so with the Mangoes from Wong Farms. These local beauties are grown solely for their superior flavor and creamy texture. These Mangoes don’t last long, though, so get them now. Mangoes from Wong Farms are so popular that many chefs and regular customers call their orders in well in advance of the season just to make sure they get some of the delicious fruit! As a result, the entire season lasts only about three weeks. The good news for Coachella Valley residents is that Wong Farms are local, and they always bring their Mangoes to the Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means we get the best of the tree-ripened best!
DID YOU KNOW: In the United States, Mangoes are generally eaten raw, mixed into fruit salads, or as a dessert. But in India, unripe Mangoes are used to make pickles, and ripe Mangoes are used to make drinks (Mango Lassis), jams and curries. In Indonesia, Mangoes are even eaten with Fish Sauce!
Price: $3.49 per pound
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: 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 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 Saturdays in Coachella (starting October 15th), from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to Coachella City Hall, 1515 6th Street
- 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, 72-599 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
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.