Bell Peppers are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. The Bell Pepper (or sweet pepper) has the distinction of being the only domesticated member of the chili pepper species of plants that does not produce capsaicin (the chemical compound that makes peppers hot). As a result, the mild, but distinctively sweet flavor of the fruit comes through. And speaking of sweet, the Bell Peppers you’ll find at the Certified Farmers’ Market are likely to be sweeter and more flavorful than the ones you’ll find at your local grocery store. They are also likely to be meatier. This is because our locally-grown Bell Peppers are allowed to ripen naturally and completely in full sun. Conversely, commercially-grown peppers are usually picked before they ripen completely in order to compensate for shipping times and storage.
Bell Peppers are quite beautiful, and come a wide variety of colors including green, yellow, orange, red, purple, brown and even black. And don’t assume that the green ones are not ripe. While green Bell Peppers can sometimes ripen into another color, this is not always the case. Some green Bell Peppers remain green as they mature, just as other varieties of Bell Peppers do not start out being green.
Did You Know: The average Bell Pepper contains twice as much Vitamin C as an Orange! Bell Peppers are also rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, giving them great cancer-fighting abilities.
Price: $1 each
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 four 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, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, In front of City Hall on Sixth 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, 72-567 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.