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Story last updated at 4:59 PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Farmers' Market - Playing with your food encouraged this Saturday


Don't play with your food.

So they say, but that certainly isn't what you hear down at the Homer Farmers' Market. And this Saturday will be especially lively. Not only are you encouraged to play with your food, but you will be coaxed into creativity and downright competitiveness.

Get ready for the flag to drop, it's the First Zucchini Car Races. Open to all ages, there will be three categories: 9 and under, 10 and over, and adult. At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, before the regular Market, there were some zucchinis available for dedicated participants who want to secure a race car ahead of time. You also can bring a zucchini from home the day of the race or buy one at the Market. (Hint: Often the bigger zucchinis are actually less per pound.)

Then comes the designing. Starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Kayla's kids' activity will be focused on decorating zucchini cars. There will be some zucchinis, wheels and axles available as well as items for decoration such as veggies, pipe cleaners, stickers, paper, glue, tape, toothpicks and other miscellaneous items.

At 1 p.m. registration will begin. Entrants will be divided into heats which will be for three cars at a time. The race, held on a wooden sloping platform, will begin at 2 p.m. The Zucchini Race Master of Ceremonies will then give prizes for the most creative and fastest entries. These are the race rules:

1. Cars must be constructed with a zucchini and not be more than 13 inches wide.

2. All power will be supplied by the declining ramp only.

3. No skateboards or skates can be used for car bases.

4. Let your imagination be your guide.

It'll be quite the afternoon of zucchini mayhem. If you are more interested in eating zucchini than playing with it, you can still have some playful ideas from chef Mindy Parks at noon. Mindy's cooking demonstration will include Zucchini Fennel Soup, Grilled Zucchini and more to try (and taste).

So head to Ocean Drive Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and enjoy the fun.

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