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Apples are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets
Apples are one of the most widely cultivated fruit trees in the world, and hold a special place in American culture (An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, As American as Apple Pie, An Apple for the Teacher, Johnny Appleseed, etc.), but ironically, only the crabapple is native to North America! All the other members of the species Malus domestica (Apples) originated in Western Asia. 

Apples have been cultivated in Asia and Europe for thousands of years, but only came to North America recently (relatively speaking) with the arrival of European Colonists. In that short time, Apples have become hugely popular, and today, there are over 7,500 varieties of Apples bred for everything from cooking to juicing to eating fresh from the tree.

Several varieties of Apples are available at all three Certified Farmers’ Market locations, including Pink Ladies, Cameo, and Granny Smith. All of them come from local farms, and are pesticide free. Check with the farmers to find out which varieties are best for eating or cooking, as well as which are sweet, tart, or some delicious combination thereof!

Did you know: Modern Apples are generally propagated by grafting, although wild apples grow easily from seeds (which are actually slightly poisonous and can trigger allergic reactions).
Price: $3.50 a pound and up.

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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