Each year at this time we see a major decline in the activity at all the farmers markets. The weather is a major factor: when it's cold and wet people tend to want to stay indoors. The selection becomes more limited as we switch from the summertime veggies to our winter ones. No matter how much you want a peach in February, you're not going to get one. But here at the Nipomo Farmers Market we have had a very loyal group of customers who have been consistently showing up throughout the winter.
While we have been seeing new arrivals, the core of our customers have been those who show up each and every week. These are people who understand about buying seasonally and purchasing what is available now. This doesn't stop them from asking what's coming to the market next and when it will be arriving. After all, we have a general idea about that, but this cold weather we've been having has been slowing many things down and will delay harvesting down the line. Still, the weather is just one more thing you have to deal with when it comes to farming.
One thing that will not be delayed are the avocados. They will be on the table at the market in the middle of April. The crop looks much better than last year, but not as big as two years ago. So keep your eyes open for their arrival. Meanwhile there are plenty of other items that are coming to the market now. The Satsuma mandarins are a big seller at this time of the year, and should continue until the end of March. Last year the crop was destroyed by the early rains, but with the lack of rain this year they are in fine shape.
The blood oranges are a bit of an acquired taste, but they have also been a big selling item each week. We have a good supply of navel oranges as well. The limes and lemons are items that are being picked on a year-round basis. This includes both the Eureka lemons, as well as the Meyer lemons. And the limes are ripe ones, not those green things they sell in the grocery store.
The strawberries are at the stage where they are ripe, red and ready to go. Grown right here in Santa Maria, check them out. The cabbage comes in both green and purple varieties. I like the purple myself, but you can get whatever you want. When it come to making a salad, we have lettuce, spinach, and kale, so you can get down with what ever you find appealing. I happen to like just grabbing a carrot and and munching away. Good thing they are at the market. So are onions, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower.
So if anything appeals to your taste buds, be sure and visit the Nipomo Farmers Market this and every Sunday. We are located in the parking lot at Trilogy in Nipomo, and are open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come on down!