Dec 15

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents:
The Fresh Pick of the Week
From the Certified Farmers Market

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week: Dates!

Organic Dates are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. A variety of locally-grown dates are available at the markets, including Khadrawy, Honey, Halawy, Deglet Noor and Medjool. Dates , along with many other types of dried fruit, are part of a popular holiday tradition that “dates” back to the Middle Ages, but Dates have been a primary food source for humans since ancient times. In fact, Dates have been consumed by humans for so long, their place of origin is actually unknown (although it is assumed to have been somewhere in the Middle East). Archeological evidence suggests that they were cultivated as early as 6,000 BCE in Arabia, and the ancient Egyptians ate the fruit (and made wine from Dates) as long ago as 4,000 BCE. Most Americans are most familiar with Dates in their ripened dried form, but in other parts of the world, they are eaten fresh, and are said to have a taste that is somewhere between a Date and an Apple.

DID YOU KNOW: The Coachella Valley is the primary Date-growing region in the United States, and is responsible for nearly 95 percent of the the Dates grown in the United States.

Price: $ 3.50 per 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, 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.

Sidebar:

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, 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.