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Story last updated at 3:02 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Farmers' Market No excuses not to be eating fresh, locally grown foods

This is the time of the year chefs love. The secret recipes for those seasonal vegetables start coming out and miracles happen. If you keep up with what's coming into production, you can enjoy those fresh ingredients longer.

Even if you don't like to cook, in this season there is no excuse for not having a crispy, fresh, green salad every day. Whether you like good ol' fashioned iceberg lettuce or mustard greens, micro greens, Asian greens, mixed greens, arugula or head lettuce, you can find it all down at the Homer Farmers' Market.

And this time of the year is when those salads, and other dishes, start getting exciting. We've been seeing beets, onions and radishes, but now we're starting to see zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli and celery, even daikon radishes and snap peas.

The market changes so quickly as the summer goes on. It's not just the food either. Last week there were cooking demonstrations and the Spit City Slickers played. This week Cindy McKenna will leave her booth selling vegetables and share her music with us as well. The next week will be Shamwari Marimba.

Last week the kids' activity was felting wool. What will it be this week?

If you want to keep up with all the market changes and activities, there are a few ways to plug in. First of all, you can check out the website (www.homerfarmersmarket.org) for general information about the market, market policies and ways to join in.

But that won't help you with your recipe planning.

The best way to know what's coming up is to go to the website and sign up for the Homer Farmers' Market newsletter. Not only does it announce upcoming events, musical guests and kids' activities, it also always teases you with a new recipe each week.

And it will even tell you what veggies and herbs were available at the last market so you have an idea what you will find when you head down on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or on Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. It's the best way to take advantage of the season.

Kyra Wagner is director of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers' Market's biggest fan.