Winter at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market

by Carol Sacks on February 23, 2015

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Early season tomatoes, strawberries and asparagus are here; winter is giving way to spring. I wanted to share some of the beautiful flowers and produce that have been in our market this year — and apologize to my friends east of California. Here’s hoping winter soon takes its leave along with the incessant cold and snow.

Wishing you a good week ahead!

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