I love this time of the year when people can’t help but brag a little bit about the abundance that they have created in their gardens. With weather as warm as we have seen, it is easy to have a socially distanced get together sharing the fresh carrots or roasted cauliflower or that salad freshly harvested.
While this whole social distancing thing has been difficult, people can’t help but continue sharing.
Last week I had the chance to gather with some girlfriends on a porch outside and everyone went home with something from someone else: an apple, a fresh garlic, a peony. This summer abundance just makes you want to share.
At the Homer Farmers Market, Marsha also likes sewing things. This last weekend most everyone was sporting a homemade mask Marsha had given them. They were specially selected for each vendor according to their product. The honey vendors were wearing masks with bees on them. Veggie farmers had masks with carrots or turnips or garlic and the ice cream vendor had the familiar black and white pattern of a Holstein milk cow.
Sharing is one of the key aspects of why I love the Market. People share their stories, even their lists. I overheard one customer going through her list out loud: “OK, I’ve got lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli …”
One thing that might not have made her list was peaches. Yes, there are hearty growers here in town who love playing with the most extreme possibilities, and they are even willing to share. Right next to the tomatoes and peppers at the Wilderness Greenhouse booth, you can see Alaska grown peaches courtesy of Beverly’s Hill Farm high tunnel.
And if you haven’t had a chance to chat with Rick Steffen, he shared a digital way that you can see his farm from when he lived in Oregon. Featured on “Cooking Up A Story,” you can see Rick trying to feed the world on a YouTube titled Winter Greenhouse Farming.
Feeding the world is no small feat. Come on down to the Market on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. and see what your local growers have to share.
Kyra Wagner is the coordinator of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.