Now that the holiday season is over with, we can all get back to a new year full of Farmers Markets. The last two weeks of the year saw a lot of the growers as well as customers staying away from all the markets as they focused on other things.

But with the start of a new year we can all get back to checking out what's new at the market. This time of the year is heavy in winter veggies as well as citrus, as you would expect. But you will also be seeing the first of the new season of berries in the not too distant future.

Out in the field we are hoping for more rain. The season has been much too dry for my tastes, and here's hoping we will see a turn for the better soon. At the moment I've been concentrating on cleaning up from the last growing season. Plus making some effort in getting the gophers and squirrels under some measure of control.

Both projects will be around for some time. I've started to receive my usual supply of seed catalogs in the mail, so I can start making my selections for the coming year. If you have any requests, be sure and come to the market and we'll talk about them.

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So, what's on the table as we start the year. Citrus is something that goes year-round. At the moment the limes are at their peak. They have been turning yellow for about six weeks, and are most abundant at this time of the year. The same is true of the satsuma mandarins. There are buckets of them on the trees as well as on the table. We still have plenty of lemons, both Eureka and Meyer, to satisfy any taste bud. The Valencia oranges go year-round, and we will have the first of the Navel oranges later this month. Normally the Blood oranges would be showing up in February, but there is a chance they will be coming to the market earlier. This is a case where the weather has helped speed things along.

We should be seeing many more berries this year. We have always had strawberries, but we have been talking to a new grower who produces blackberries and blueberries. We hope to see him at the market in next few weeks. Seasonal veggies are mainly the cabbage family at this time of the year. You can expect to see broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage on the table for several months. Lettuce, both heads and salad mix will be available throughout the winter. There is a plentiful supply of butternut squashes, my personal favorite. And round out your trip to the market with some cilantro, spinach, or radishes.

So with the new year comes a new opportunity to visit the Nipomo Farmers Market. We are located in the parking lot a Trilogy, and are open every Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Come by and visit the best little Farmers Market on the Central Coast.

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

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