People come to Homer every year to have some kind of vacation adventure. There is always something for the adventurous down at the Homer Farmers Market.
If you are an adventurous grower, go ahead and try some okra, pepper or tomatillo, even watermelon or cantaloupe starts for your greenhouse. Or maybe you should try groundcherries. Over at the Music Garden booth, Lindianne will set you up with these relatives of the tomato that are sweet to eat and grow like crazy here in our greenhouses.
Maybe you are an adventurous chef. Try out the six different kinds of mints or three different kinds of thyme you can get from Colleen at Arctic Rose Herbs’ booth or any of the myriad offering of herbs around the Market.
Or maybe you’ll be tempted by the huge blue oyster mushrooms at the Fritz Creek Fungi booth or even by their mushroom spawn to grow your own.
Maybe you just have adventurous taste buds. Try out all the different flavors of kombucha at the Market ranging from ginger pineapple and strawberry mint to green tea rhubarb and wild currants, salmonberries and blueberries.
And there are always different toppings for the doughnuts to try.
Even the producers can be adventurous. Robert Heimbach had his totes full last week already with broccoli and cucumbers. Knowing how early those plants had to be planted to be already producing at this time of the year, we all can see how much Robert was willing to push the envelope this spring.
Of course the Market has something for everyone, so even those who could use some new ideas for how to use all these veggies can get a hand. Lori Jenkins of Synergy Gardens is returning for the third year of leading the Chef at the Market series from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This weekend she will be demonstrating how to make colorful salads with all the different things available, including the wide array of greens as well as pea shoots and flower blossoms and her famous garlic-lemon dressing.
So head on down this Saturday to the Market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Ocean Drive and see what adventure waits for you.
Kyra Wagners is the director of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.