Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas at Farmer's Market

I haven't been able to get down to the Saturday Market for new photos, so I'm re-posting my photos from last year, as I know these Vendors are all there decorated for the Holidays, waiting to share their bounty with YOU!

Winter Solstice in beautiful Santa Barbara is an experience for the senses.
 Everywhere the eye wanders, Mother Nature is busily decorating for the Holidays.

Red Bougainvilla are blooming while Nanadina bushes are showing off
their red berries, as if in competition with Holly! Last of the blooming roses
add to the caleidascope of color. Poinsettias native to Mexico are quite
happy in our climate and this is their time of year to party.

Phyllis is showing off the bounty from the Lash Family
farm...delicious Pistachio nuts and nut-butters.

Sweet seedless mandarin oranges right off the tree!
Ours never make it into the house, we eat them right off 
the tree!

Only in Santa Barbara.... cymbidium orchids are beginning to put out their flower spikes.
This wonderful display of nature is available for viewing at our local Farmer's Market!
All the produce, flowers, herbs, nuts, meats and fish, wines, oils and fruit come from the
tri-counties area from individual harvesters.

A visit to any of our Farmer's Markets (6 days a week) is an amazing experience for the senses.
Saturday's Market downtown is the most spectacular of all our markets any time of year,
including December. Open from 8 am to 1 pm, year round, located at the corner of
Santa Barbara and Cota Streets it occupies and entire City Parking lot.

Available this time of year are beautiful wreaths made from locally grown Proteas.
The Market is an education in the diversity of fruits and veggies available locally this time of
year...wines, olive oil, locally grown range beef, pork and poulty, fresh eggs as well as
local fishermen's catch right out of our Ocean. The vendors are happy to give you a sampling
of their goods and tips on cooking, and growing.

It is a friendly and sensuous experience. You will see the local restaurants picking up their orders,
there are even chefs who give classes in cooking with local produce, beginning with a tour of
the Market. Being a Locavore is big in our community.

My visits to the Market are very nostalgic. As a child in Holland I accompanied my Mom to the  weekly Market.  I can still remember seeing the squirming eel (a Dutch delicacy) as Mom looked around for our dinner supplies. No...there aren't any squirming eel at the SB Farmer's Markets...but you'll find oysters, local shrimp and such yummies, cheeses, organic meats and more...

Come and create your own memories with your 
kids and grandkids.
It is an incredible experience!
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