Where and when do we first meet George and Lennie?

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In Of Mice and Men, the reader first meets George and Lennie in rural California.  "A few miles South of Soledad" and along the banks of the Salinas River is the exact location where the story opens. It is in this condition where we are able to meet George and Lennie for the first time.  The exact time in terms of year of the story is something towards which Steinbeck...

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