KYRA WAGNER

Support local food heroes

What does it mean to have a healthy local food system? When you think about food security, do you stock up on military MREs, beans and rice, or seeds to plant? Or do you make sure that our community has enough farmers to feed us?

Try Market for fermented foods

One of the things I love about a visit to the Homer Farmers Market (besides chatting with friends and eating good food) is seeing all the options for food production here. Local food is always fresher and more nutritious, but there is one kind of food you simply can’t buy off the grocery store shelves.

Don’t forget squash blossoms

Normally I like to banter on about how wonderful our farmers and our Farmers Market are. Anyone at last week’s Zucchini Festival would know that I do not exaggerate. But in all the fun a mayhem last week, I saw one character deserving of attention who was fairly ignored.

Zucchini fun coming

It’s that time again to watch vegetables fly. It’s time for zucchinis with wheels. Zucchinis with glitter. Zucchinis with wings, horns, and various action figures attached.

Homer ag hub bub full of ‘and more’

This last weekend was crazy busy. Hundreds of people were in town touring farms. There was the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour here to witness our peony farmers first hand. There was the Homer Garden Club’s Gardeners Weekend tours and activities. And I got to be the tour guide for Lainie Kertesz, the western regional sales representative from Johnny’s Seeds.

Fresh food inspires regional cuisine

A little over a year ago I took a trip to visit a friend in Japan. The culture around food there was so different, so deep and so ancient. What impressed me the most wasn’t just their complete awareness and understanding of the seasonality of food, but also their complete dedication to the regionality of food. Different places were famous for different foods and people would travel miles to get that specific food, like a specific chestunut sweet or a specific fish sauce made a certain way with a regional fish.

Market coins fun to collect

I’m not typically one to collect things, but there is one item I track down to get every new version. It’s not only a beautiful item, it’s always worth at least $20. That’s because I’m enamored with the Homer Farmers Market coins.

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