Certified Farmers Markets Fresh Pick of the Week: Apples and Pears, Oh My!
Locally-grown Apples and Pears are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the just-opened Certified Farmers’ Markets. ”People tend to forget California’s Fall harvest of Apples and Pears,” said Paul Palodichuk, General Manager of the valley’s three Certified Farmers’ Markets. “In other parts of the country, the Fall harvest of Apples and Pears is a huge celebration, but in Southern California, Citrus fruits tends to overshadow our Apples and Pears. They shouldn’t, though. Growing Apples and Pears in Southern California is quite a tradition, and there’s nothing quite like taking a bite into a freshly picked apple or pear from one of California’s family-owned orchards. Choose from Gala Apples, Granny Smith Apples, Pink Lady Apples, Fuji Apples, Asian Pears, and a variety of other Pear varieties (Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou).
DID YOU KNOW: California is the fifth largest producer in Apples in the United States, with almost 14,000 acres exclusively in apple production. California is the second largest producer of Pears in the United States, representing 25% of the country’s total Pear production.
Price: $ 2.50 a pound.
Also in Season: 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.
All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Saturday, October 5th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held at 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)
La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Sunday, Sept. 25th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).
Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Wednesday, Sept. 28th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will once again be held at 72-599 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).
The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and more than 60% of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”
The 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.