This weekend’s Homer Farmers’ Market will be the fourth one this season. That’s one month of markets already. It’s hard to believe, unless you are looking at the offerings. There are already turnips available, as well as kale, onions and a variety of greens.
Did I say greens?
I have to admit my bias towards the Homer Farmers’ Market. Sure, I have been writing weekly for ages extolling the virtues of our local market, but now I am seriously entrenched. It won’t be secret for long that my husband now has a booth there, too.
I don’t want to show too much favoritism, so let me tell you about some of the other booths that are well kept secrets first.
There is certainly no better way to kick off a Memorial Day weekend than with a bustling Homer Farmers’ Market. Last weekend was a stunning example of what the possibilities are for the first market of the year.
I can’t count how many people asked me before the market started, “Will there be any produce available?”
It has been a cold year, after all, so what could be growing?
Despite the hold that winter seems to be exerting on us this year, it is finally time again for the opening of the Homer Farmers’ Market.
Actually, Homer producers have been defying the cold for a couple of weeks now. Two weeks ago, Snowshoe Hollow Farm was down at the market site selling early greens and radishes and Alaska Stems cut flowers had tulips ready for Mother’s Day.
Spring is here in Homer and the gardeners are chomping at the bit to get outside and get in the dirt. I know because I’m one of them, but I also know because of the more than 60 folks who have taken gardening classes in the last few weeks. Growing your own food is super gratifying, helps the pocket book and feeds you well. What more could you ask for?
What a beautiful Saturday to have the Harvest Party. The crisp air filled with sun, the vendors’ booths overflowing with veggies, music from the stage, a line of people getting a taste of the Homer Farmers’ Market minestrone, stew, salads, breads and desserts. And Westley Newcomb announced as the turkey raffle winner.
The market is now officially transitioning. Though the craft vendors, kids’ activities and music won’t be around anymore, harvest is still in full swing.