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Heirloom tomatoes from the Solvang Farmer's Market are destined for a salad served at the Landsby Inn for Solvang's 3rd Wednesday celebration.

Len Wood, Staff

This is the time of the growing year in which everything seems to be on automatic. All the crops were planted months ago. The weeding, and bug control have been taken care of, and watering and picking are being taken care of on a routine basis. The only flies in the ointment are the occasional thunder storm or heatwave and they aren't that big a problem. So with most of the effort on the farm now devoted to picking, that means there will be plenty of produce to take to the Farmers Market.

The next couple of months is the peak season at all the Farmers Markets. We have an abundance of summer veggies on hand, and as we progress into fall we will start to see more of the fall and winter products. I have already seen the first of the winter squashes, and the pineapple guavas are starting to size up. All this activity has had a good affect here at the Nipomo Farmers Market. All the new people coming into the area have been able to see plenty of items when they pay us a visit for the first time.

First of all we still have an abundance of stone fruit coming to the market. This last week saw peaches, plums, and nectarines, as well as table grapes coming over from Fresno. Because of the high heat in the Central Valley, the season looks as if it will end earlier than normal so a visit to the market this month is recommended. The same can be said of the Navel oranges and Blood oranges. Both will most likely run out by the end of this month. You will have to wait until January for local Navels and until February fr the return of the Bloods.

On the other hand, the Valencia oranges are being harvested on a year-round basis, so you can always check them out. Looking forward, we can expect the new crop of satsumas to be coming out around the holidays, so that's something to look forward to.

Other citrus that come to the market every week are the lemons and limes. Grown right here in Nipomo so you know they're nice and fresh. And remember that the figs are about half way through their season. They are picked Sunday morning so they are nice and fresh come the Nipomo market.

There are plenty of members of the nightshade family at the Nipomo market. We have beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and early girl tomatoes. Plenty of selection to choose from. And when it comes to peppers, there are bells, pasillas, anaheims, and jalapenos. If you are in the mood for something milder, there are watermelons, cantaloupes, and strawberries to choose from.

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As always there is a good supply of summer squashes, green beans, onions and carrots. And finally, Russ the baker will be back this week after a one week absence.

So be sure to set aside some time this Sunday and pay the Nipomo Farmers Market a visit. We are located in the parking lot at Trilogy, and are open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come on by.

Grower Glenn Johnson writes a regular column. For more information about the market, visit www.nipomofarmersmarket.com.

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