Although fruits and vegetables more commonly take the Fresh Pick spotlight, this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets is Bacon - fresh from the farm - with no additives, no growth hormones and no steroids (And that’s no baloney!). All the Bacon at the Certified Farmers’ Markets comes from family-owned Da-Le Ranch in Lake Elsinore, CA, where they raise their pigs on a combination of fresh fruits, vegetables and blended grain. Da-Le Ranch promotes sustainable farming and natural or organic concepts in living, and participates in environmentally-friendly breeding techniques in order to raise healthy, happy and well-cared for animals. Preservative-free, Da-Le Bacon is frozen as the dry-curing process is completed. It is available in two varieties: honey-cured and applewood smoked, and both are as quite delicious. Your biggest challenge will be choosing between them (unless you give in and get a package of both).
Did You Know: Strip (or sliced) Bacon (cut from the belly of the pig) is the most common form of Bacon in the United States. It is typically “fresh” Bacon , meaning that while it has been “cured” with salt, it must still be cooked prior to eating. “Fresh” Bacon must be consumed immediately, stored in the refrigerator for short periods of time, or frozen.
Price $ 9/lb
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.