Certified Farmers’ Market heads back inside for summer season
Fewer vendors but just as much fresh food are expected when the city's Certified Farmers' Market re-opens inside on Saturday.

Certified Farmers’ Market heads back inside for summer season

The temperatures may have made it a little uncomfortable for an outdoor market, but never fear, you can still get your farm-fresh fruits, veggies, and more inside the blessedly air-conditioned space.

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Kendall Balchan

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June 9, 2022

The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market heads back inside this weekend after a week off to transition.

‘Beet’ the heat: The temperatures may have made it a little uncomfortable for an outdoor market, but never fear, you can still get your farm-fresh fruits, veggies, and more inside the blessedly air-conditioned space.

  • Because neither Palm Desert nor La Quinta offers a summer Farmers’ Market you may find yourself jockeying your neighbors for the best selections.

What to expect: It’s a smaller venue, so there are fewer vendors. But you can still expect to find a building full of small family farms and artisan food vendors at the Summer Market.

Where’s my favorite vendor? Because this is a Farmers’ Market, that means the vendors are small family farms and micro-businesses that are at the whims of the seasons.

  • For example: Date farms sold off the last of their product in May to brokers, and they won’t be harvesting again until August. The Biscotti Lady is spending the summer back home in Italy with her family. 

What they’re saying: “We’re so grateful to all of our farmers, our vendors, and especially our community for their ongoing support. It’s an honor to provide all families with access to the freshest, most nutritious small farm produce our region has to offer.”  — Palm Springs Cultural Center Program Director Lauren Wolfer

Details: The new hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Saturday at the Pavilion located at 401 South Pavilion Way.

  • The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market accepts CalFresh/SNAP benefits and also offers matching programs to help low-income shoppers. Find more info here, or visit the information booth at the Summer Market. 

Help wanted: The Summer Market operates on a deficit, so if you are so moved, feel free to donate to their fundraiser at the market or inquire about sponsorship opportunities as a local business. 

💬 Our take: The beauty of a Farmers’ Market is in the unexpected. Don’t go in with a plan of what you want to cook, just allow yourself to be surprised and take inspiration from the natural cycle of the seasons. And take pride in supporting small family farms, many of whom rely on the Farmers’ Markets as their sole source of income!

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