Visit the Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market, and you just might think it is a piece of conceptual art belonging to the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert next door. Your senses will delight in a variety of California Certified farm products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, organic juices, tamales, and extra virgin olive oil skin moisturizer, handmade popsicles and herb-infused chocolate, green smoothies, etc.
Located adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce at 72-559 Highway 111, the Certified Farmers’ Market takes place on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and last Wednesday of the month (thru May) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The new Evening Market happens on the first Wednesday of the month (thru May) from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition to the regular regionally based farms and specialty vendors, nighttime visitors can expect to find entertainment, special events, chef demonstrations, live farm animals, antique farm equipment, booths, and more.
Also operating in Palm Springs and La Quinta, 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, nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.
As temperatures rise in our Palm Springs Valley, refresh yourself at the Certified Farmers Market in Palm Desert with a Cucumber Chili Lime, Date Chai Spiced, Peach Lemonade, or other popsicle “handmade with love”. From The Coachella Valley Brewing Company booth, purchase a craft beer with which to hydrate later. Take a stroll through The Garden & Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden to feed your soul. And, savor a happy hour (or more) at nearby gourmet restaurants Cuistot and La Spiga Ristorante. Be cool!
Contributed by Hilary Christiansen