An Indian summer is typically caused by a sharp shift in the jet stream from the south to the north – the warm temperatures are usually accompanied by dry, hazy conditions. The warm weather may last anywhere from a few days to over a week and may happen multiple times before winter arrives for good.
We are so lucky here in California. Farmer’s Markets are plentiful, offering seasonal organic food and artisanal items. Food is picked that morning or the day before (depending on when you go) so you know you’re getting it super-fresh! Plus, people are selling handmade soaps, lotions, jewelry, clothes, and there’s always a stall or two with plants for sale (you can’t beat the prices) – not to mention homemade ice cream*. Throw in music and fresh air and you have a mini-festival every week!