Even though the Homer Farmers Market had its last official market last weekend, you will most definitely be seeing crisp fresh veggies offered by dedicated vendors down at the Market this Saturday as well. This has been a productive year and vegetables don’t follow the calendar.
But that summertime buzz will be gone.
The one person responsible for organizing all that buzz is Market Manager Robbi Mixon. For four years now she has been a perfect enforcer of the rules; she really should have a sheriff’s badge. She doesn’t make the rules, the board does that, but she takes care of all the vendors — old, new, irate or despondent. She is invaluable.
She originally came here to work at Twitter Creek Gardens and stayed on working at the Market during the summer and as a substitute teacher during the school year. Now she also wears the badge of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival coordinator, showing her resourcefulness and dedication to community.
Another face you won’t be seeing any more this season is Katie Countiss at the Info Booth. She is the one in charge of running the EBT/Quest program at the Market. She can run your credit card for cash tokens, but she also can run a Quest card for folks needing food assistance. Katie says that once folks realize how much they save with Quest double coupons they come back to the Market again and again.
Katie loves her job getting the neediest folks the best food. She also loves this community and is just now moving into the 16-by-20 timber frame dream home her husband Daniel built this summer on their new five-acre dream parcel.
The Homer Farmers Market has been key to getting these lovely folks to stay in our community as much as they are key to keeping it going. So here is a huge call out to all of you who come to support the Market, to all those who grease the wheels each week, and to all the dedicated vendors (especially those who will continue selling in the weeks to come) who make our community what it is. Thank you.
Kyra Wagner is the director of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.