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Story last updated at 8:33 PM on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Farmers' Market It's where all sorts of things run just a little bit wild


It's getting wild down at the Homer Farmers' Market.

I'm not just talking about how wild it was to see folks spending their first Market coins and tokens last weekend or how wild it was to see cruise ship passengers cruising the Market aisles. It's always a happening place, but it seems to be stepping it up a notch.

First of all, there's the wild turkey. Yes, the Market's doing the Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle again and the turkeys are in Homer. Marsha Rouggly is already raising the prospective participants: broad-breasted white, broad-breasted bronze and wild turkeys.

Actually, I am jumping the gun a little bit on that announcement. The first two breeds I mentioned are chicks, but the wild turkeys are still in the incubator. So if you are hoping to win and have a wild turkey Thanksgiving, complete with all the veggies, keep your fingers crossed that they hatch.

Then there is wild Bob Durr's wild mushrooms. Bob Durr has more than chicken eggs and veggies to tease you with. Apparently he spends his spare time, when he's not working in his numerous greenhouses, out hunting for morel mushrooms. With the recent rain they are picture perfect and guaranteed to be lined up at Bob's booth Saturday.

Maybe you are just looking for the regular Market fare. Even that is wild. Every week there is wild Alaska salmon and all kinds of the tasty treats that our ocean offers, from oysters to halibut. There often are wild-crafted herbs and lotions, soaps and balms. We just can't help but be a little wild.

Or maybe it's your kids who are a little wild. Come on down at noon and join Kayla in the kids' activities. Last week it was paper making, who knows what she has in store this Saturday?

Either way, you can relax with a pastry and coffee, listen to Lindianne play her fiery fiddle, and watch the kids get as wildly creative as they can.

So head down this Saturday to the Homer Farmers' Market on Ocean Drive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m, and go a little wild.

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