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Story last updated at 12:12 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Farmers' Market Local food fervor spreads north to Anchor Point

It's spreading like wildfire.

I'm always saying that about the local food movement. I can show that through examples like the People's Garden Project and the explosion of high tunnels across the Kenai Peninsula.

But all you need to look at is the spread of farmers' markets.

I'm not just talking about how the Homer Farmers' Market has spread beyond its normal boundaries to a new section of booths we call the "West Wing."

I'm not just talking about the expansion of the kids' space there (if anyone has a lead on some picnic tables for that area, let me know) or increased value of food stamp benefits at the market.

I'm also not just talking about how vendors last Saturday were loaded up with greens and veggies earlier in the season than ever before or how there is such a supply of farm fresh eggs that they hadn't all sold out by 10:05 a.m. like they used to.

I'm actually talking about the spread of farmers' market fever to Anchor Point. This Monday, June 4, will be the first official Anchor Point Farmers' Market to kick off the summer. There will be veggies and starts, crafts and baked goods.

When a whole new enterprise opens like this, it means two things: Not only is there more supply, there is more demand. The crowd last Saturday exemplified that. A shopper came up and showed me the greens she had bought much in the way a mother shows off her newborn. People love that fresh green.

So now it falls to our producers to keep up. Luckily, that same motherly pride glows from our local farmers. Whether showing off their new varieties (did you notice that beautiful Cuban oregano?) or bragging about their early radishes, green onions or other greens, you know they enjoy the challenge.

So now you can head over to the Homer Farmers' Market this Saturday on Ocean Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then the new Anchor Point Farmers' Market to be found in the parking lot at the Anchor Point Greenhouse on Mondays from 4-8 p.m. to double your local food options.

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