You just got to love this town. Last Saturday was a perfect example of what Homer looks like when the tourists start thinning out. Homerites are starting to take back over the town.
There was a rally at WKFL Park. There was a march down the streets. There was a community art project down on the Spit. There was a fun run with people in costumes.
Could last weekend have been more Homer?
Of course, it helps when the weather is absolutely beautiful. Normally in September, the vendors at the Farmers Market are holding their breath and keeping their fingers crossed that their tents don’t blow away. Such a storm came through a few weeks ago and demolished a tent or two, but now we are experiencing the warmest weather we’ve had all summer.
That’s your cue to go down to the Homer Farmers Market and stock up on the bounty: enormous cabbages to collect for sauerkraut, bags of cucumbers for pickles, beautiful onions and garlic and tomatoes for your favorite salsa.
There are only three more Saturday markets left. This is the Alaskan season for hunting and gathering, whether it is moose or caribou or the wily bag of basil for pesto. Stake out the Blood Sweat and Food tent to get chicken or chicken parts as well as to sign up for that turkey or pig.
You really may have to hunt a bit, but you can gather your berries here too. You will find high bush cranberries and saskatoons at Dan and Luba’s, and raspberries and currants at other locations.
Some booths will be changing faces as farmers wrap it up, some will just lose their tents to the wind, some will have so much harvest that they won’t know what to do with it. But the ratio of familiar faces you pass in the aisle is guaranteed to go up.
So you can do it in costume, after a rally, or even smelling of smoke after burning art on the beach, but head on down to the Homer Farmers Market Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or on Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. and stock up.
Kyra Wagner is the coordinator of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.