A rock sculpture is one of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A rock sculpture is one of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

This is it, folks! This weekend is your last change to stock up on crispy cucumbers, puffy pastries, lush lettuces, soothing home-made salves and the like. For this weekend marks the last Homer Farmers Market.

We reveled in its beauty and simplicity all summer. We’ve groaned and grumbled at the traffic jams it caused, too, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, they were worth it.

More than the scrummy food-truck options and the hidden gems lurking in plain sight all around the market, the Betster always finds it’s the company that makes the market special. Only the best kind of folks are drawn to a famers market.

And what better way to show our gratitude for all the local farmers out there who bust their humps to give us fresh, clean, healthy produce and other food options? Whether they’re assembling high tunnels, plucking chickens by hand or toiling in the soil from sun up to sun down, we know when we get local food in Homer, there’s been a lot of love put into it.

So, don’t miss your last opportunity to thank a farmer and grab a treat or two this weekend. If you do miss the market and are on the hunt for something else to occupy your time, take a look at these best bets:

BEST BYGONE DAYS BET: Mead is the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, and this sweet beverage seems to be experiencing a renaissance of its own. Take advantage of an opportunity to learn how to make Alaskan mead with honey and berries, with instructor Nikki Place. Brought to you by Homer Folk school. This is an all day event taking place today, and costs $40. Call Homer Folk School at 907-299-9117 for more information.

BEST BAY BET: The next installment of Lunch Lecture is coming up on Friday. Head over to Kachemak Bay Campus at noon on Friday for Lunch Lecture: Salt Marshes of Kachemak Bay. Bring your lunch and listen to Conrad Field present on salt marshes of Kachemak Bay. This event is free to attend and lasts until 1 p.m.

BEST BETTER TOMORROW BET: Join MAPP, the Southern Kenai Peninsula Opioid Task Force and the Bearded Sister in shining a light on addiction by participating in a walk from WKFL Park to the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. Saturday. Participants will walk to remember those they’ve lost to the disease of addiction, and to celebrate those living life in recovery. All are welcome to participate, no matter how your life has been touched by addiction. The public is invited to bring a light to wear or wield, or use one provided, and then join organizers for a bonfire and celebration at the end. This is a free event and lasts until 8:30 p.m.

BEST BENEFIT BET: Help out some healthy kids by attending the Benefit Performances by Fresh Produce, Homer’s Improv Comedy Troupe. There will be two performances from 7:30-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Art Barn at 1060 E. End Rd. All proceeds will go to benefit Homer Flex High School’s Healthy Food Program. Admission is $7.

A rock sculpture is one of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A rock sculpture is one of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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