Things have calmed down a bit out on the farm. Spring is always busy with preparing the ground and planting, but we are past that phase as of now. Most of my time now is spent picking vegetables, going to markets, and fighting off squirrels and mice.
Since I do four farmers markets each week, I'm picking seven days a week. Now this means that whatever I have at the market will be as fresh as it can be, which is always a plus. The down side is I'm picking every day. What's a vacation? Still, this is what I chose to do with my life. Much more fun than sitting behind a desk.
At the markets we are starting to see more customers with each passing week. This is what we have seen each year since the market started. While there are always some people who are interested in the winter vegetables, all the markets increase in the summer. We all know that it's the summertime fruits and vegetables that really capture people's attention. And since they are starting to show up, so are the customers.
When it comes to the fruits, we have plenty of peaches, nectarines and plums coming from the Fresno area. The window for each variety is generally short, but there will be a different variety the next week. The window on apricots has already closed. They are generally the first fruit to show up each year, but that means they are also the first one to disappear. People will still be asking for them in September, but to no avail.
The first of the summer veggies to come to the market have been summer squashes, onions and tomatoes. At the moment there is one grower with tomatoes, but we should have three with them in a couple of weeks. Plenty of selection to choose from. There are still plenty of winter veggies like carrots, lettuce, cauliflower and cabbage. And there are always some strawberries to help you through the week.
The avocado crop is in much better shape than it was last year. I'm hoping to have them into September this year, but they have been selling very fast, so who knows how long they will last. The limes are in their mid-summer slump, but there will still be some each week at the market. And as always the mandarin oranges and blood oranges continue to keep everybody entertained.
We will be out in the parking lot at Trilogy Central Coast this and every Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. So set aside a few minutes and pay us a visit.