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Story last updated at 11:57 AM on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Farmers' Market Kids will get chance to sell items Saturday

By Kyra Wagner

This weekend there are two birthday parties happening in Homer for two of the best food producers I know. One is Jim Reinhart who is turning 80. That's a lot of years to perfect growing tomatoes, huge garden vegetables, and some of the most outstanding artichokes I've ever seen.

Then there is the 90th birthday of Walter Johnson who dug himself a root cellar at the age of 84 and tends his abundant orchard of diverse apples, berries and even kiwi. There is more experience hidden in the dirt under their fingernails than I can imagine accumulating.

But even they started off naive.

That's why I love the Homer Farmers' Market Kids' Vending Day. This Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. kids will be able to sell their items just like any other vendor at the market. Families can check out the vending rules online at www.homerfarmersmarket.org.

They could be selling anything that our regular vendors sell, I have no doubt. Carrots started showing up at market booths last weekend; one was Bob Durr's, the other was the Fireweed Academy. Fireweed wasn't selling their carrots, however. They were the reward for the students to eat who came to the market.

Maybe all these young, new market vendors will go spend their profits at Concert on the Lawn, or maybe they'll spend it on more supplies. Either way, I like to imagine them getting hooked on the atmosphere of the market.

We hope they will notice the gardens that the young participants planted in the Kids' Activity Zone earlier this summer. We hope they will see their friends, like I do every time, wandering the aisles of the market shopping and sharing stories. We hope they will notice how folks give their surplus veggies to the Harvest of Hope basket.

But even if they miss all that — and the music of Shamwari Marimba just gets them more excited to get to Concert on the Lawn — I know we have planted the seed for some life-long values down at the market.

To be part of the action, head down to Ocean Drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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