Did you know a full range of food choices exist at Farmers Markets across the Greater Palm Springs area for a fresh and local breakfast or lunch?
There are bountiful options on site to satisfy your craving for healthy, local fare while you enjoy strolling outdoors either on the weekends in Palm Springs or La Quinta, or mid-week in Palm Desert.
The markets are open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Palm Desert runs until 1 p.m. for an extended lunch) at all three locations during season. For those who want to pick up fresh produce, locally raised meats, cheese, baked goods and goodies, there are plenty of prepared offerings to enjoy at the market or take to-go.
Wednesdays: Palm Desert
Organic, fresh juices give market-goers a boost from Josh Pena at Raw Remedy.
Nutritarian Kitchen offers market-sourced vegetarian and vegan burritos prepared with ingredients that work well for breakfast or lunch. Que Mami Organics handcrafts tamales, salsas and authentic Mexican sauces packaged and ready to take home to enjoy for lunch or dinner. Raw Remedy offers organic juice blends for a fresh, nutrient-packed energy boost to start the day.
Location: 72-567 Highway 111 adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce office
Saturdays: Palm Springs
Artisan crafted bread from L’Artisan bakery.
The Camelot Café offers an on-site breakfast featuring coffee drinks, waffles, and frittatas, while L’Artisan Bakery has locally baked breakfast treats and an array of fresh breads. If you are hankering for a bagel or bialy instead, look no further than Townie Bagels. For some dairy goodness to go with your morning dough, visit Spring Hill Cheese for some unique varieties of organic butters and cheeses.
Location: 2300 Baristo Road adjacent to The Camelot Theater
Sundays: La Quinta
Robert Jaye of Malibu Olive Oil has travel friendly gift bottles.
Solano’s Bistro in Old Town La Quinta offers a weekly Sunday Market brunch sourced from the market. At the market, you can pick up California olive oil from Malibu Olive Oil to take home and enjoy or grab for a travel-friendly gift. A sweet local specialty is Temecula Valley honey. With varieties like Desert Sage and Avocado, the plastic honey bears will make you smile as you sweeten your tea.
Location: 78100 Main St., in Old Town La Quinta
Be on the lookout for additional prepared foods and new vendors at the Palm Springs market beginning in January of 2015, including hot tamales and soups served on site!
Check Online: Visit http://certifiedfarmersmarket.org/ for more information about hours, locations, and news.
Lori Cohen-Sanford is a private/personal chef, cooking class instructor and owner of Nourishfoods Organic Meal Services www.nourishfoods.biz. Her food column, Tastes Around Town, will appear weekly on Wednesdays. Have a story idea? You can contact Lori at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @nourishfoodsps.