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Story last updated at 8:21 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Farmers' Market

Season opens Saturday with sounds of Shamwari Marimba


Finally. The Homer Farmers' Market is back.

The season starts this Saturday at 10 a.m. down on Ocean Drive with the impressive pulse of Shamwari Marimba pushing through the aisles of the market stalls. The pulse will greet you in the parking lot, pull you past jams and jellies, glossy photography and detailed jewelry.

You will land at a table chewing on chocolate bread, watching the kids dance and talking with friends. Heading down the next aisle you can start loading up on all the treasures grown here locally with the tender care of our local farmers.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you just go straight to the producer tables to get the good stuff before they run out.

The Market is a familiar place in the summer, but this will be an exciting season of firsts. This will be the first year for new market manager Robbi Mixon. This will be her second year working at Twitter Creek Farm, but it will be her first as the guiding force behind the Farmers' Market weekly orchestration.

We also are going to see a new face among the children. Kayla Spaan will be bringing her talent of designing and creating to the kids that roam the market aisles. She will lead the arts and crafts kids' activities to inspire the young ones and set the scene for a full family day of fun.

This also will be the first year that some of the producers will be using high tunnels to extend their growing season. This may get us earlier crops and it may get us more varieties than we are used to seeing.

Stay tuned throughout the summer.

The Farmers' Market VISTA volunteer, Ben Zimmerman, has been working for six months now, and he will finally get to see his first market day. He has been lining up different projects to take place this summer, so keep an eye out for new T-shirts, a new Market coin, an ATM/Quest card reader, cooking demonstrations and more.

It's never dull down at the Homer Farmers' Market. Head down this weekend to see what's new.

Kyra Wagner is the director of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers' Market's biggest fan. She can be reached at kyra@ sustainablehomer.org.