This week is the peak of summer light, the solstice. I’ve been hearing people groan at the thought of the summer entering into its downhill slide. The peak of light does not mean, however, that it is the peak of summer.
I have written about the Homer Farmers Market for years and I usually throw out a reminder to stock up on veggies for your canning and preserving purposes in August. Well, it’s June and I have to say, if you want to make some pickles, you should stock up now at Bob Durr’s booth.
At the Homer Farmers Market I had the chance to talk to Dave at his pottery booth. The potters in town recently got together and had a studio tour. Dave summed it up the same way as other potters I knew.
I arrived early and only intended to be there for an hour or so. It rained. It hailed. But the opening Saturday of the Homer Farmers Market featured Homer’s new brass band. How could I miss that?
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Hunting season has begun. Hunting for local food. The Homer Farmers Market has officially “closed,” so if you associate vegetable gathering with halibut tacos from the Alibi, music on the stage and friends milling all around, then you are in for a letdown.
This was a cool summer — gardens grew slower than normal, many gardeners have expressed frustration. But somehow, there is a ton of food down at the Homer Farmers Market.
I was in a hurry this weekend. I forgot my check list of veggies that I usually fill out. I keep track of this every Saturday at the Homer Farmers Market to show how the availability and seasonality of vegetables at the Market changes over time.
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?
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.
All the recent rain may get some folks down, but it also signals moose hunting season. And for those who prefer to hunt with a knife rather than a gun, it brings on thoughts of mushroom hunting.
One of the things I love about local food issues is how it crosses all borders. I haven’t found anyone, regardless of creed, religion, race, or political view, who doesn’t like to eat. Every day.
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.
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.
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.
The Homer Farmers Market started back in 1999. That first season had just a handful of vendors selling outside on tables in the parking lot. My, how it’s grown!
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.
It’s July and the peonies on Pioneer Avenue are popping. Did you see those huge crimson buds on the corner by Cosmic Kitchen? Big fluffy blooms from WKFL Park all the way down to the Homer Council on the Arts.
Building a food system builds community and Homer has its own flare for doing this.
The Census Bureau has a question they ask about your occupation. If more than 1 percent of the population has a certain occupation, you will see it in the list of options to choose from.