By KYRA WAGNER

Feeling connected key to one's health

Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action throughPlanning & 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.

Tis the season for community. This is the time of year when families connect over the Nutcracker, friends collect over meals, and people are on call to help out neighbors or strangers when pipes freeze or a car goes off the road.

It's time to brag

I’m just going to brag. The Homer Farmers Market is the best. I certainly haven’t been to many other markets around, but I guess others think so, too, since it gets so much attention.

The Daily Meal ranks the best farmers markets in America annually. This year Homer Farmers Market made that list. Delish.com picked the best market for each state and, yes, our market was the Alaska representative.

Let's talk about,be grateful forour food

What really matters? Is it your mortgage? Your kids? Your job? Your health?

They say it’s the little things that count. What are the little things that effect all of these big things in our lives? What matters most?

Food. I haven’t met a person yet who didn’t eat. Hopefully three times a day. Or more.

Do you consider food a habit, something you do unconsciously like rubbing your nose? Or do you partake in meals like they are an important conversation with a loved one? Or is it a daily burden like tax added onto the bill?

Farmers’ Market Rita Jo Shoultz champions agriculture

Who would have thought that those flamboyant peonies down at the Homer Farmers Market could get you a trip to the White House?

Well, Rita Jo Shoultz has never done anything half way.  Now she can add to her long list of achievements that she is a finalist for the White House Champions of Change for the Future of American Agriculture. 

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