KYRA WAGNER

  • Does fall always come in August? For some reason the red leaves of the fireweed are a little extra shocking to me this year. Luckily there is no reason to hibernate yet. Instead it is simply time to plan ahead. Have you gotten your fill of your favorite fresh veggies yet? It would be nice if we coul...

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:46am
  • What is a farmer to do when the end of the Market rolls around and there are veggies left over? I have the feeling that farmers eat a lot of pickles and sauerkraut. I have a neighbor who pickles everything that gets ahead of her in her garden: turnips, peas, beans, you name it. Pickling can be swe...

    Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:06pm
  • The cutest day of the summer is upon us. The Homer Farmers Market Zucchini Festival will be this weekend. This silly festival of fun is perfect for the whole family and even celebrates one of the most maligned vegetables around....

    Wed, 08/10/2016 - 2:22pm
  • This is the season for all kinds of Alaskan berries, but it is definitely the time for raspberries. Picking (and eating) in our garden the other day I realized that raspberries are the perfect food to showcase the state of our food system. First of all, just like I wonder why everyone doesn’t grow...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:49am
  • This season is moving fast. Summer always does, but never like this. There are already beans and peas and, yes, pumpkins down at the Homer Farmers Market. Our early season caught Bob Durr by surprise. He planted hundreds of pumpkins this year figuring that they would be ready for decorating for Hall...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:55pm
  • I made a huge mistake at the Homer Farmers Market last week. I told a friend who was visiting from out of town that I would meet him there. And then I forgot to specify the time. I didn’t have his number so I couldn’t call and check in. I just had to see if he came and hope I saw him in the crow...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:28am
  • Agriculture in Homer has been evolving over the years. Before Alaska was a state, Alvin Mattox was running his cows down on the Beluga Flats (think Mattox Street), but when the dam was built to create Beluga Lake he moved to where Kachemak Selo is now so he could continue to run his cows on the mine...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:07pm
  • I just so happened to be in Glennallen last week and stumbled upon their Wednesday Farmers Market. I get all giddy when I see homegrown vegetables, I’m funny that way, so my husband and I had to start up a conversation with the one vendor who had veggies....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:44pm
  • The Homer Farmers Market is in the perfect location. Very few markets have the good fortune of a permanent location so that tents and infrastructure can stay up all summer. That means that instead of just a pop-up tent village, our Market booths are more permanent, hand built, and full of personalit...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:29am
  • Even on a rainy day like last Saturday, the Homer Farmers Market is packed. It is filled with what are known as “co-producers.” To understand what a co-producer is, we need to think about producers. They are the dedicated individuals who show up every week and stand in their booth (smiling or gr...

    Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:39pm

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