Local Farmers Markets all over Palm Springs
Greater Palm Springs is famous for golf, shopping, hiking and hundreds of dining opportunities, but most visitors are surprised—and delighted—to learn that the Palm Springs area is an important farming region of Southern California. No surprise! The destination has a 300-day growing season, with annual agriculture contributing more than $600 million to the economy from table grapes, citrus, fruits, peppers, avocados, mangos, carrots, assorted greens and greenhouses all scattered across this bountiful oasis. Several farms grow organic crops and about 95% of U.S. dates are grown right here.
Every Saturday morning beginning at 8 am, the Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market brings local farmers and vendors together to showcase the fruits of their labor. The market features farm fresh fruits and vegetables and artisan food products. Other items include such things as herbs, cheese, pastries, honey, nuts, olive oil, and fresh cut flowers.
During October through May, the market is outdoors at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, who also helps sponsor the event. In warmer months (June – Sept.) it moves indoors to the Palm Springs Pavilion (401 S. Pavilion Way), just a couple of blocks away.
Not just fruits and veggies
The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Markets is mostly comprised of small family farms from all over the region. They produce some of the freshest, most nutritious produce that’s available in the region. But if you’re thinking that the weekly event is merely a collection of fruits and vegetables, think again! “We offer fish,” announces On-Site Farmers’ Market Manager Kari Kalinich.
Other offerings include candles, coffees and teas, bakery items, olive oils, pickles and jams, cheese, empanadas, soaps and skincare items, and more!!
Other desert farmers markets
The Certified Farmers Markets in Greater Palm Springs, most open fall through spring, operate throughout these cities – Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Indio. Many of the local farmers and vendors attend each one of these markets. Farmers from beyond the Palm Springs area also bring their homemade cheeses, flowers, olive and avocado oils, honey, flowers, organic coffee and home-baked breads and pastries. Cooking demonstrations and live music enhance the experience. Savvy local chefs prefer to wander these open-air certified farmers’ markets that offer “just picked” produce and hand-made products.
Palm Desert CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
8 AM to 1 PM
72559 Highway 111, Palm Desert CA 92260
Indian Wells CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
Thursday 8 AM to 2 PM
44-175 Washington St Indian Wells, CA 9221
RANCHO MIRAGE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
fRIDAYS 8 AM to 2 PM
71560 San Jacinto Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
LA QUINTA CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
Sunday 8 AM to 1 PM
78100 Main St, La Quinta, CA 92253
INDIO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
Sundays 9 AM to 2 PM
45235 Towne Street, Indio Ca 92201