As I write this, the local farmers markets have suffered through several days of very high winds. At both the Lompoc and Santa Maria markets we are used to windy conditions, but not this bad. And the Nipomo farmers market is only rarely impacted by winds. But this last week was a different story. It got so bad that several growers didn't even bother to put up their tents. Those that did were spending half the time holding on for dear life. This does make it a little difficult to help your customers. Still, none of the tents were blown away, and that's a good thing.
If you want to get a good deal on the freshest local produce around, you will have to make the effort to get to the Nipomo Farmers Market no matter what the weather. We have been open on rainy days, on cold days, hot days, and now windy days. The only thing that gets us to shut the market are holidays. It may be a little early, but here's letting you know that we will be closed the Sunday after Thanksgiving as well as the Sundays before Christmas and New Year's. I will be reminding you about the closures as we get closer to them.
You don't have to worry about us being closed this weekend. We will be up and running and waiting for a visit from you. As always Willi will have plenty of fresh strawberries from Santa Maria. He also is staring to bring lettuce mixes as we move deeper into fall. The same goes for the Brussels sprouts, the first of the winter veggies to arrive at the market. He's also got plenty of carrots, radishes, bell pepper, corn and green beans. The only down side is that he is always late to the market, so you can sleep in for an extra five minutes.
As always, there are plenty of lemons and limes each week. They both go year round, so feel free to check them out any time. The only oranges that are at the market at this time are the Valencias. This will change around the beginning of December when the Satsuma Mandarins arrive. And while the figs have finished for this year, the pineapple guavas are coming on stronger with each week. And remember that Russ is bringing plenty of baked goods each week.
Last week saw the arrival of a new vendor selling Scentsy products. If you don't know what this is, well come on down the the market and find out. The beginning of next month should see the arrival of two new vendors. We have been in contact with an apple grower, and a persimmon grower. Expect to see them both early next month.
So set aside this and every Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for a visit to the Nipomo Farmers Market. We are located in the parking lot at Monarch Dunes. Just look for the tents.