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The countdown continues. Only seven more weeks until the arrival of Nipomo-grown avocados at the Nipomo Farmers Market. People have been asking about them since they ran out last year, and as we get closer to the harvest date the demand has only gotten bigger. There is just something about the flavor and freshness of our local products that appeals to the people here. So come on down, and we'll take care of you.

This last week saw the biggest turnout in several months. Not so many new faces this time, but plenty of customers from the past returning to check things out, I'm sure the mild weather helped get people in the mood to visit the market. Whatever the reason, you should help support the local farmers markets and keep local growers in business.

Out on the farm there has been a focus on getting the ground prepared for the coming planting season. I've been spending time weeding and composting the ground as I await the arrival of this year's seeds. With the milder and dryer weather this year we should be able to get planting earlier than is normal. But we still need some rain to make it all possible. That is the big hang up as it has been for several years. Oh well, if you can't complain about something, it's not farming.

Still there is no need to wait for the future, there is plenty to be had at the market right now. The citrus crop this year is going really well. The satsuma mandarins are my best selling item at all the markets that I go to. People are really happy about how easy they are to peal as well as how sweet they are. On the other extreme, the tartness of the blood oranges seems to have found a home among many customers. They should last all summer long as well. Sales of the limes have not been as vigorous as they have been in the past, but we have made up for that with a major increase in the sales of the lemons. Both the Meyers and Eureka, whichever you choose.

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As always the strawberries continue to be a big seller each week, and with the mild weather we can expect them to be plentiful for the foreseeable future. This last week saw a great number of the carrots leave the table, many more than normal. As always there is a great demand for the salad mix as well as other salad items like the kale and cabbage. The Brussels sprouts seem to be the most popular of the cabbage family although broccoli is not far behind.

So as you plan your weekly schedule of meals be sure to remember the Nipomo Farmers Market and pay us a visit. We are open every Sunday year round, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. We are located in the parking lot at Trilogy, you can't miss us. Just follow the signs and look for the tents.

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

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