It’s the time of the year to making choices. Bob Durr said his wife Pat had weighed out 600 pounds of tomatoes. I imagined his booth taken over by tomatoes, but then he told me Pat was going to make sauce with them. You have to choose: keep or share?
When I asked Ashely from Driscoll’s Farm if she was going to have watermelons at the next Market, she said she only has three watermelons left … and she’s keeping them for herself.
I can’t say I blame her. She is choosing to bring corn, cantaloupe and those ground cherries. Just in case you’re wondering (like everybody else), they are indeed related to tomatillos. But their unique taste and individual wrappers make them a fun little choice to add to your bag to take home.
Maybe you go to the Market to get familiar items, not strange little individually wrapped items. Hopefully you will choose to put those familiar veggies into your favorite, time-honored dish. And hopefully you will choose to share that dish at the Market this Saturday.
Yep. That’s right. This weekend is the big Harvest Party potluck at the Homer Farmers Market. The meal will be served from noon to 2 p.m. It’s the vendors’ way of saying thank you to our awesomely supportive community, and there’s no better way than sharing food.
There usually are around 300 people, so that is a lot of sharing.
If you haven’t yet, it will also be your last chance to buy a ticket for the Turkey Raffle, a full meal of local veggies and more, along with a locally raised turkey ready around Thanksgiving. The drawing for the winning ticket will be at 2 p.m. (you don’t need to be present to win).
It will also be your last chance to hear music at the Market this season — String Along will be playing — because this will be the last full Market with music, Farmers Market schwag for sale,and the outhouses.
The season is winding down.
So come on down to the Market this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share this meal and make some of those final choices for the season.
Kyra Wagner is the coordinator of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.