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Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers' Market!

If the names, Crookneck, Straight Neck, Patty Pan and Globe sound strange to you, let us introduce you to the latest varieties of Summer Squash to join the ranks of Zucchini at the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market! That’s right. This week’s Fresh Pick of the Week, Summer Squash, comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and ranges in color from white to yellow, and every shade of green. There are also patterns and combinations of colors – enough to set a colorful and delicious Summer table. When it comes to taste, though, most Summer Squash varieties are pretty much the same -  the actual flavor is largely unaffected by the exterior aesthetic differences.

All varieties of Summer Squash are picked and eaten while the fruit (yes, squash IS a fruit) is young and tender, unlike Winter Squash varieties which are left on the vine to mature and develop a hard rind. From the culinary standpoint, Summer Squash is usually prepared like a vegetable, hence the common belief that it is one. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and is quite versatile when it comes to cooking techniques – it can literally be batter-fried, steamed, roasted, baked, stewed or even stir-fried! Don’t keep it too long, though. Summer Squash doesn’t have a particularly long shelf life.

Did you know: Summer Squash is one of the Three Sisters of Native American farming, along with corn and beans. The three plants, when grown together, actually enhance each other’s ability to grow. The corn stalks support the climbing bean vines, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the corn and squash, and the Summer Squash provides mulch and root protection for the corn and beans.

Price: $ 1.50/pound and up

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, Fava Beans, Radishes, Leeks,  Brussels Sprouts, , Asparagus, Cherimoyas , organic raisins . . . .  PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh fish, fresh meats, Gouda cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.


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Price: $ 1.50 a pound and up.

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, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of fresh flowers.

Contact the Certified Farmers’ Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.



The Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center - 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.

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