FOOD SEASONAL-VEGETABLES 1 LA

Spring chef Tony Esnault uses seasonal vegetables from the farmers market to prepare his Legumes de Saison. 

Los Angeles Times

The bad news is that there will be no Farmers Market on Nov. 26. The good news is that we will return on Dec. 3. Let's face it, after the holiday nobody is interested in going out and buying more food. The growers are aware of this, and so we take our one day of vacation each year at this time. But we are ready to return and make it up to you next month. Here's hoping that everybody has a good Thanksgiving, and remembers to return to the Farmers Market for your next round of quality produce.

If you are looking for the freshest in local produce you really have to check out your local Farmers Market. Many growers, myself included, are out in the fields the morning of the market picking until the last minute to be able to bring the freshest produce around to the market. On top of that, all the vendors who are attending the Nipomo farmers market at this time are from right here in Nipomo or Santa Maria. So if supporting your local farmers is important to you, you've come to the right place.

At the moment, most growers are hoping for a wet winter. We still are in a drought situation, and any rain we get will be greatly appreciated. I don't mind having to worry about taking care of a lot of weeds as long as there is plenty of moisture over the next several months.

Now let's take a look at what can be found at the Farmers Market next month. The Satsuma Mandarins have started to turn color, and should be in full swing when the market returns. They are the sweetest of all the mandarins, and will be on the table for several months. On the opposite end of things are the pineapple guavas. They have been at the market since October, but are now staring to taper off. Get them while you can.

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On the other hand, there are no worries about the lemons or limes as they are producing year round. In fact, the new crop of limes is starting to turn yellow, and will be in full production sometime in December. By the way, we have both Eureka lemons as well as the Meyers. Check them both out. Valencia oranges are on the table now with the Navels to be arriving in January and the Bloods in February.

We are now starting to see our winter crop of veggies. This includes lettuce, both heads and mixes, as well as the cabbage family. There is an abundant supply of winter squash on the table as well as spinach. We are still getting plenty of peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos to go along with a big pile of green beans. And don't forget to get your baked goods at the market as well.

For the best little farmers market on the Central Coast be sure to check out the Nipomo farmers market. You will find us in the parking lot at Trilogy each Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Just follow the signs.

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

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