Farmers markets just don't happen in a vacuum, they need people to support them on a regular basis, both growers and customers. When one side feeds off the other, the market will continue to prosper. When this link is broken, then you will see markets close down for lack of support.
There have been several markets in San Luis Obispo County that have closed over the years, including one right here in Nipomo back in the '90's. On one level you could say that this column, our webpage, and Facebook page are all meant to keep the link between growers and consumers open so we can keep the market open.
This is not to say that the Nipomo farmers market is in danger of closing down. In fact, we expect two new growers before the end of the month. But as a small market we do need the continued support of our customers.
As a small market we focus on our core purpose: the selling of fresh produce by the grower directly to the person who eats it. We do not have entertainment (other than what you provide), or people selling prepared foods. Consider us a throwback to what farmers markets were all about 40 years ago. I know, I was there on day No. 1 in 1978.
OK, end of rant, let's move on to what's in store for you at the market. As I said earlier we are expecting two new vendors some time later this month. One is an apple seller from right here in Nipomo. He sells galas and Fujis, and will be coming when both varieties are being harvested. The same thing applies to our persimmon grower, who also will return later this month.
You don't have to wait for the figs or pineapple guavas. Both are in full swing. But, while the guavas are increasing in numbers with each week, the figs are coming to the end of their cycle for this year. So get to the market while they are still available. The corn crop is another item that will most likely run out by the end of the month, but there was plenty on the table last week.
The citrus crop is now down to lemons, limes and Valencia oranges. But there are plenty of each of them, with the new crop of limes starting to make an appearance. They are looking much better than they have in several years due to all the rain we had last Winter. The Satsumas will be the next citrus to come to market, sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There are always a few strawberries from Santa Maria at the market along with plenty of tomatoes, although the gophers have done some serious damage to the plants this year. And finally, don't forget to pay a visit to Russ' table for all sorts of baked goods.
So mark your calendar this Sunday pay a visit to the Nipomo farmers market. We are located in the parking lot at Trilogy and are open between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.