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Story last updated at 5:50 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Farmers' Market Season officially over, but you can still get produce and other goodies


The tents at the Homer Farmers' Market started coming down after 3 p.m. last Saturday, and this time it wasn't the wind. The last official Market passed with beautiful weather, great food, music, and friends — just as it should be.

The season may have officially ended, but there still is more to come. Susan Houlihan of Alpenglow Skin Care and Market board member won the turkey raffle. Other board members are trying to convince her that there is a not-so-well-known rule that when a board member wins the raffle they have to invite the rest of the board over for the meal.

Even if you can't figure out a way to weasel into sharing Susan's turkey dinner, there is still a chance to enjoy the amazing produce from our farmers. Many farmers will continue coming until they run out of produce. There will be no official advertising, no music, no kids' activities and no way to swipe your card for tokens, but there will be produce.

Bob Durr says he will be coming until the snow keeps him out. Robert Heimbach will probably be there through the month and don't be surprised to see him out there with his burn barrel to stay warm in December and January. At least five other produce vendors will be there for the next couple of weeks.

But that's not all.

For the next two weekends you can expect to see Hionia with her salsa; Marsha with her jams and jellies; Janet with her quilted tapestries, Charlie Girl with her hats and mittens; and Tracy with her jewelry. Seafoods of Alaska won't be there, but you can always find their products at the Kachemak Bay Oyster Co-op.

Any time you want information about the Market in the off-season, check out HomerFarmersMarket.org .

In the end, this is a time for gratitude. Thanks to all the vendors for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to Robbi, Ben, Julie and Kayla for making the Market run so smoothly. And especially thanks to all of you who have supported the Farmers' Market all these years. Thank you.

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