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Summer may not officially start for about three more weeks, but, between the warm weather and the coming and going of Memorial Day, it sure seems like it's here already. Which means what, that the kids will be home soon, that Vin Scully now narrates your dreams, and that the farmers markets are a riot of colors. Turn the page for a catalog of what's in season, courtesy of a trip to the Santa Monica farmers market this morning.

And, if you're stuck at a desk reading about produce instead of shopping for it or eating it or cooking with it, you can always vote for your favorite farmers market. American Farmland Trust has just opened voting for a nation-wide contest to determine which four markets can get the most public support. Voting is open from now until August 31st. American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a conservation organization, founded in 1980, which is dedicated to saving farmland and supporting a sustainable future for farms. Just don't confuse the AFT with the ATF, which is another thing entirely.

Tuscan garlic at Windrose Farm; Credit: A. Scattergood

Tuscan garlic at Windrose Farm; Credit: A. Scattergood

Shunkyo radishes at Coleman Family Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Shunkyo radishes at Coleman Family Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Sugartime yellow peaches at Regier Family Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Sugartime yellow peaches at Regier Family Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Porcini at Clearwater Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Porcini at Clearwater Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Canterbury bell flowers at Kincaid Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Canterbury bell flowers at Kincaid Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

blackberries at Kincaid Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

blackberries at Kincaid Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

fresh garbanzos at Barbagelata Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

fresh garbanzos at Barbagelata Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Bing cherries at Barbagelata Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Bing cherries at Barbagelata Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Tartarian cherries at Barbagelata Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

Tartarian cherries at Barbagelata Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

radicchio at Maggie's Farm; Credit: A. Scattergood

radicchio at Maggie's Farm; Credit: A. Scattergood

nopales from Trebbino Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

nopales from Trebbino Farms; Credit: A. Scattergood

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