Peak Cooking Season draws ever nearer. Whether you’re already drafting lists or haven’t yet devoted a single thought, it might be a good time to factor in farmers market holiday closures. Fresh from Trish Harrison, manager of four of Orange County’s best markets: Tustin Wednesday, Costa Mesa Thursday, Laguna Hills Friday, and the flagship Saturday market in Irvine, this closure schedule covers hers as well as the other markets sponsored by the Orange County Farm Bureau.
Friday, Nov. 24, Costa Mesa
Thursday, Nov. 24, Huntington Beach
Saturday, Dec. 3, Irvine
Sunday, Dec. 25, Laguna Niguel
Tuesday, Dec. 27, Irvine Regional Park
Wednesday, Dec. 28, Tustin
Thursday, Dec. 29, Costa Mesa
Friday, Dec. 30, Laguna Hills and Huntington Beach
Sunday, Jan. 1, Laguna Niguel
It’s high season at the moment for the beautiful persimmons in the photo, both the flatter, tomato-shaped Fuyu, to be consumed while crisp, and teardrop-shaped Hachiya, which should be allowed to soften to sheer squishiness for maximum deliciousness.