Famous for its desert landscapes, world-class golf, legendary music venues, and epic health spas, most people overlook the fact that the Coachella Valley is one of the premiere agricultural areas in California. With 300+ growing days a year, the region produces 95% of the country’s dates, as well as an incredible variety of grapes, citrus fruits, peppers, avocados, mangoes, and an assortment of culinary greens. All of this – plus the crafts and masterpieces of eclectic local artists – is showcased at the Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs, open every Saturday (fall through spring) from 8am-12:30pm.
Located at 2300 E. Baristo Road, the market is a sea of white shade tents displaying every color of the rainbow: beautiful flowers in hues of reds and orange are beside produce stands with microgreens, arugula, and dandelion greens; green limes and yellow lemons set off the deep colors of locally grown bell peppers in green, red, orange, and yellow; and colossal avocados in dimpled greenish browns amplify the exotic colors of ripe mangoes, all while the scent of lavender and freshly baked bread waft past your nose. Craft food vendors have local honey, cheeses, olive and avocado oils, plus organic coffee, with new vendors arriving all the time.
Free to the public, we love a lazy Saturday morning spent strolling the festive tents, talking with passionate farmers and artisans, all while enjoying fresh baked pastries and coffee. Live entertainment adds to the festive yet relaxed atmosphere, and live cooking demonstrations mean you can be sure to know exactly how to prepare your new exotic fruits and produce, and just what exactly is “broccoli rabe.” Four-legged friends are welcome at the market (though not in the aisles), and Ben Davis’ Monarch Raw Pet Food stand offers gourmet dog treats plus nutritionist and grooming services.
No matter which of our luxury vacation rentals you call home during your stay in Palm Springs, you will be conveniently located just a short drive from this fabulous weekend market. Take the time to pick up a picnic or stock up on ingredients to use in preparing a sumptuous feast in your gourmet kitchen at your vacation rental, then kick back and relax in your stylish indoor-outdoor living space. Our local experts and vacation professionals are standing by to answer your questions and help you make the most of your next visit to beautiful Palm Springs. Contact us today to book one of our beautiful vacation rentals!