What better place to find the freshest and most trustworthy selection of produce than at your local farmers market? The Santa Barbara County is blessed with a reliable, rotating schedule of farmers markets that are held every day of the week between Solvang, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.
This dependable market system is the pride and livelihood of many generations of farming families and friends, many of whose farms are in your very own city. A few questions and an earnest look around the booths unearth a prime selection of winter crops.
“Santa Barbara’s gentle climate allows some fruits to be produced almost year round, like strawberries,” explains Donna Tamai of Tamai Farms, a fourth generation family legacy based in Oxnard. “But crops that are in season are fresh and much more price competitive.”
Winter in California typically boosts citrus fruits (navel oranges, pomelos, and mandarins), hardy cabbages (like kale, brussel sprouts, and radicchio), some root vegetables (including horseradish and turnips), and winter squashes (acorn squash and butternut squash).