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Story last updated at 4:47 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farmers' Market Homer's creativity on display every Wednesday, Saturday


Signs of our abundant creativity are everywhere here in Homer. There are more than a dozen galleries and an artist's studio can be found tucked into any neighborhood.

But nowhere is the broad spectrum of creativity showcased better than down at the Homer Farmers' Market.

The Market has that carnival atmosphere of never-ending creative buzz all through it. I'm not just referring to Ben the VISTA volunteer in his colorful apron.

You can see it in the aisles as you pass the artists and crafters offering their inspirations and skillful work. Artisans of fabric, stone, bone, metal, wood, silver, glass, paint, yarn, leather, oils and pottery can all be seen chatting with passersby and haggling over deals with the smitten.

Even the food vendors stay on their toes, creatively experimenting to see what sells, what is popular as the crowds pour through. They get to juggle the demand for chocolate bread while tempting with the rhubarb scones. Or maybe it's a tight rope walk over how hot to make the salsa or how many samples before a sale.

The farmers, too, are out there experimenting with different varieties of vegetables to see what will grow and what will thrive. They are trying methods from biodynamics to high tunnels. As the season changes, the new produce comes on to surprise some and to satisfy the eagerness of others. The colorful produce the farmers bring in joins the festivities with colors of purples and greens, oranges and reds.

This weekend the quiet roar at the Saturday Market will get even a little extra pizzazz when the New Old Time Chautuqua comes sauntering in with jugglers, stilt walkers and performers ready to liven the place up a bit before their workshops start in the afternoon. In that spirit, Kayla will be teaching kids to make juggling balls for the Kids' Activity to keep the festivities going even after the performers have gone.

Come on down to the Homer Farmers' Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m .on Saturday or 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and join the revelry.

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