This last weekend saw the end of Daylight Saving Time, but there didn't seem to be much of an effect on the Nipomo Farmers Market. All our growers and customers had reset their clocks the night before, and arrived at the market at the right time. Some years there has been a bit of confusion, but not this year. In practical terms I'll be able to get out in the orchard at an earlier time of the morning and actually be able to see what I'm doing. For some reason I enjoy working early in the morning before the sun comes up, makes for a happier day.
Speaking of happier days, I would recommend that you spend some time at your local Farmers Market. Get out of the house and spend some time in the open air talking to the men and women who are raising the food that you eat. If you really are concerned about what goes into or on what you put on your plate, the best way to learn is to talk to the growers. Most of us have been in the business for decades, and we can tell you a lot if you just ask.
This communication conduit is one of the best aspects of the Farmers Market, and is something that is not available at any other type of food outlet. If you have questions about what goes on the fruit, or into the ground, you can get answers from the person who does the work. If you want to know how long it's been since something was picked, again the grower is there to answer the question. I think that you will find that the growers who attend Farmers Markets are the kind of people who enjoy talking about what they do, and are happy to pass it on.
Now let's take a look at what's for sale at the Nipomo Farmers Market this week. There are plenty of lemons now, both Eureka and Meyer. Both varieties are at the market year-round, and the Meyer are coming on strong at this time of the year. The limes are also a year-round item, and they too will be reaching their peak in the month of December. The Valencia oranges on the other hand are slowing down, but there will always be some at the market. The end of the month will see the beginning of the Satsuma mandarins, just in time for the holidays.
Strawberries are another item that are at the market all year, nice and red and very fresh. For something a little more exotic give the pineapple guavas a chance. They are grown right here in Nipomo, and will be at the market till the end of the year. With the cooler weather, we have seen a revival of bags of salad mix. Heads of lettuce will be coming later. Las week also saw onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Here's hoping we see some carrots this week. And don't forget that Russ the baker is at the market each week bringing a variety of baked goods.
As we look at the calendar, remember that the market will be closed the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, but open the following week on Dec. 3. Otherwise, be sure to come on by each Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and visit the Nipomo Farmers Market. We are located in the parking lot at Monarch Dunes, and would like to see there.