July is upon us with all the regular harvest surprises. The Wednesday Markets have now been added to the weekly Saturday Markets down on Ocean Drive with farmers stands loaded with veggies ranging from radishes to carrots to greens. But there is more to our local scene than just this Wednesday addition.
You can get your veggies, your starts, and your canned treats from farmers at the Farmers Market, through your direct Community Supported Agriculture boxes from farmers, from farm stands, from direct internet orders, or through the Alaska Food Hub. There is no reason not to get your hands on great fresh options for bulk (like rhubarb for your home jams or jellies) or for specific meals (like specialty salad greens or herbs).
The Farmers Market is slowly and cautiously inviting craft vendors back into the fold of the Market too, so soon there will also be no reason to go without the other favorites you are used to seeing at the Market. The number of booths will continue to grow as the summer goes on.
But there are a lot of our local food entrepreneurs who do things outside of growing veggies. The Alaska Salt Company, for example is still at it, creating gourmet salt blends that make perfect gifts for every foodie (including yourself). You can find such specialty items on the Alaska Food Hub, the online farmers market.
This season one of the new vendors on the Food Hub is Two Sisters, an appropriate addition since the pickup location on Wednesdays is right next door to the restaurant on Bunnell St. If you have been missing their bread and haven’t managed to get an order in on Tuesday or Thursday, you can make your order Friday through Monday on the Food Hub.
You can also get Granma’s Jams and jellies on the Food Hub since she isn’t at the Market. You can get K-Bay Coffee on the Food Hub, though they never have sold at the Market. And you can get Fika Coffee at the Market that hasn’t been available except at the Market.
So many options!
No matter where you choose to shop, vote with your dollars and support our local businesses.
The Market is open on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. down on Ocean Drive.
Kyra Wagner is the coordinator of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Market’s biggest fan.