As we approach the end of the year the Nipomo Farmers Market will be taking a brief break so everybody can just relax for a moment. There will not be a market on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, or New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. Don't worry, we will return to the grind on Jan. 7, so save the date. I'll be sure to remind everybody as we get closer to the date.

The market has been a little slow. The holiday season sends many people out on an annual shopping spree, and we feel the effect. This year though we have had to deal with the effects of the Thomas fire. When the sky turned black and ash was falling a lot of people stayed home. But hope springs eternal, and the growers came out to face the day. We always talk about having a market rain or shine, I think I'll have to include smoke and ash as well.

At the moment our biggest concern is the continued lack of rain. Much as the firefighters need it, farmers need it just a badly. Last winter was great, but we need that to continue if we are going to have any hope of a decent season for the coming year's crops. We'll just have to wait and see what the winter brings.

Someone brought me some cats! I think what happened is that someone just dumped their cats out by my house. Not something I recommend doing, but it worked out well for me. I turned around one evening and there were three of them just sitting in the doorway. With a little food as a bribe they were soon indoors making themselves at home. At least one has been sighted exploring the maze of gopher holes in the garden. I may just have a new crew of critter catchers to help keep the produce on the table.

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So remember, we will be on holiday for the next two weeks. But also, remember to come on back to the Nipomo Farmers Market on Jan. 7. I'll have another column out before then to let you know who and what's new for the coming year in Nipomo. Bye.

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

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