KYRA WAGNER

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.

Opening for season

If you head out to the Homer Farmers Market site this weekend, you will see those tents popping up, gravel spread out on the paths, stripes painted on the parking lot. Vendors are getting ready for market season to start on Saturday, May 27, of Memorial Day Weekend.

Many of us can’t wait. The Market is beloved for the jolly atmosphere and community connections it provides. But if you strip away all that you will see a core objective of local food promotion, of creating a supportive place for local producers to sell food and products, of giving customers a way to access that food.

Take a walk for well-being

Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning &Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.

Resolve to connect with others more

Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through- Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.

Market may be officially over, but growers still plan to sell

Market may be officially over, but growers still plan to sell

By KYRA WAGNER

FOR THE HOMER NEWS

Yes, the Homer Farmers Market is “officially” over. No more credit card machine, no more music, no more Market memorabilia.

But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a place to get fresh and local. Our growers still have plenty to offer. Robert Heimbach for instance, has no idea when he will run out of cabbage, carrots and beets. As Robert eloquently put it, “I ain’t quitting. I don’t have the luxury of quitting.”

You won't want to miss Harvest Meal potluck

The days are getting shorter. That simply means that there is more to try to cram into smaller days, right?

One thing you need to cram into these shorter days is the last official Homer Farmers Market and its Harvest Meal Potluck.

The Harvest Meal gives you the chance to knock out several things on your list of to-dos at the same time. You get to:

1. Eat a great meal;

2. Celebrate another year of bountiful harvest;

3. Celebrate community with friends;

4. Enjoy live music by the String Alongs;

Share your favorite recipe for new cookbook

If you are also a big fan of the Homer Farmers Market, you probably get their e-newsletter and see that there are recipes in it every week. Some folks just know food and flavor so well that they make amazing dishes without recipes. Some, like me, only make good taste testers.

But I get brave when there is a recipe. Let me tell you from experience, however, that not all recipes are created equal. So I will definitely go for one a friend gives me from a long family lineage long before I get one off the Internet.

Market the place to stock up to make those old family recipes

I take inventory of the kinds of veggies being sold at the Homer Farmers Market every week. This means that I walk around with a clip board and look official even though I am not doing a doggone thing to help organize or set up the Market.

But it does give me a chance to wander around to all the stalls and listen to what people are saying, see what vendors have, chat with everyone on the planet (it seems) and get a good idea of the pulse of the Market.

Cooperative Extensionwill help you getready to can

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 could eat so many of them that we got our fill till next year, but that doesn’t usually happen.

Veggies abundant at August Market

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 sweet or savory (sweet ginger pumpkin pickles are my favorite) and need nothing more than fresh veggies, vinegar and spices.

Why wouldn't you grow your own berries?

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 as much of their own food as possible, I wonder why everyone doesn’t grow raspberries. I’m kind of an idealist in this area — I would love to see everyone’s food security handled at the local level so that no family is at the whim of economic fluctuations or market factors.

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