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Story last updated at 3:50 PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Farmers' Market: Starting July 6, you can double your market fix


Summer is in official full swing. For Alaskans that means the sun sets and rises secretly while we sleep. With this much daylight it feels like we need to fit twice as much into the day.

The vendors at the Homer Farmers' Market are no different. Thanks to all the daylight, this is the time of the year when the zucchinis are blossoming, the greens are thick, the radishes are popping out of the ground. So for our local farmers, the mayhem of July means fitting twice as many harvests into the week. For you that means the Wednesday Markets start Wednesday.

Wednesday Markets are undoubtedly different than Saturday Markets. Saturdays are the fun-for-the-whole-family kind of markets, whereas Wednesday markets are much more the nitty-gritty kind of markets. On Wednesdays there's no music playing and no coordinated kids' activities; instead, there are the dedicated vendors who are up to twice as much work and production every week.

So what can you expect on this first Wednesday Market? Familiar faces. As you chew on Kettle Corn or sample some Sweet Berries jam or maybe Hina's Salsa, you will see Fred and Edna's wooden toys, Claire's Stone Art necklaces, Brianna's knitted treasures and Tracy's creative creations.

The producers will be there, too, with their fresh herbs and veggies. They're working double time at Will Grow Farm, Twitter Creek Gardens and the Wylde Life Farm. You will see those fresh, sweet strawberries that have started coming off of Bob Durr's farm as well as Chelsea's miniature herb gardens. You can stock up on the jumbo oysters from Sunset Cove Oyster Farm and all other varieties of seafood at Seafoods of Alaska.

So for your Fourth of July picnics and potlucks stock up with veggies and seafood down on Ocean Drive this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feel free to use them all up; you won't have to ration this week because on Wednesday you have the chance to drop by the Farmers' Market again from 3-6 p.m. Stock up on all your favorites and get your Homer Farmers' Market fix twice.

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