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Tangerines (a hybrid of Mandarin Oranges) are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week at the three Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ MarketsTangerines are seasonal in the United States, and locally-grown Tangerines are just coming into season. Tangerines are smaller and less rounded than common oranges. Their taste is considered less sour, as well as sweeter and stronger, than that of an orange.  Ripe Tangerines are firm to slightly soft, and pebbly-skinned with no deep grooves. The peel is thin and easy to peel. They are best when eaten out of hand, but can also be used in salads, desserts, or main dishes.
Did you know: Tangerines got their name from Tangier, Morocco, where the fruit was first sold, identified and classified as being separate from traditional Mandarin Oranges.

Price: $3 per pound

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 many of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”

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.

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.
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