When you arrive in Palm Springs for your vacation – you get more than gorgeous weather, beautiful mountain views and fabulous vacation rental homes! You also get the Palm Springs Farmers’ Market.
Welcome to Southern Califiornia! You have arrived in the nation’s produce aisle. It’s true – do a little research in most grocery stores across the country, particularly in the months between December and April and if it says “Grown in the USA,” you can just cross out the that acronym and write “CA.” Yes, we in SoCal are among the truly blessed – our sun kissed weather allows us to munch our way across the calendar and share our bounty with the rest of the world.
But with a veritable veggie tray waiting for us out our back doors and post-millennium transportation at the ready, we have become accustomed to choosing whatever recipe the internet can provide and our hearts desire. The fact remains we still do have a “winter” of sorts, which limits what even California can grow. During those months some items in the supermarket fly and float in from far-flung locales, arriving with a much bigger carbon footprint than feels comfortable. Also, recent undercover reporting by the L.A. Times revealed that while the produce in countries other than the U.S. might be handled with kid gloves, the people who harvest it often have much rougher lives.
So what’s an Earth-loving, defender-of-human-rights foodie supposed to do? Not to worry, you don’t have to sit sadly and sip on a drought-restricted glass of water. Just head down the road (and back in time) to our local Certified Farmers’ Markets! These mobile marketplaces harken back to a time when sharing with your neighbors was the only way to get variety in your fresh-food diet. The modern version works kind of the same way it always has – small family farmers and vendors who use farm produce to make prepared goods gather at a predetermined location to offer what they’ve raised to the people in the community. Sending the horse and buggy back out to pasture has expanded the definition of “community,” but Palm Springs Farmers’ Market participants usually travel in a radius not larger than 100 miles from their properties, and use only one truck to make the trip.
The back-to-the future trend has been growing over the past 20 years. By USDA estimates Farmers’ Markets in the U.S. have expanded from 1,755 in 1994 to 8,268 in 2014. That’s a whole lot of broccoli. (And carrots, kale, asparagus, peaches, etc.) A whole generation of eaters is discovering what a just-picked tomato is really supposed to taste like. You too, can be among those who return to placing your hard-earned food budget dollars directly into the hand of the person who grew the food. Just one taste may make you skeptical of fluorescent-lit produce forever more.
ABOUT THE CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKETS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY
The CFMCV’s are a collaborative effort of small-scale Southern California farmers, value-added vendors who use farm produce to create artisan food and body products, and the Palm Springs Cultural Center (a non-profit that organizes and promotes the venture). Between October and May they set up in three outdoor locations throughout the week and take shelter from the heat in a cheery air conditioned community center from June through September.
IF YOU GO
Most guests who stay at vacation rental homes managed by Acme House Co. enjoy “cooking at home.” Our local Certified Farmers Markets are great for picking up fresh ingredients and getting to meet local farmers and the farm-to-table chefs who are usually on hand to share their recipes with you.
October thru May:
Palm Springs – Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2300 E. Baristo Rd, in the parking lot next to the Camelot Theatres
La Quinta – Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 78100 Main St., inside the Old Town LQ shopping district
Palm Desert – Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or (May 6th only) 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 72559 Hwy 111 at the corner with El Paseo, in the parking lot next to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce
June thru September:
Palm Springs – Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 401 S. Pavilion Way, In the PS Pavilion, next to the PS Public Swimming Pool
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