By Bronwynn Kelly
As summer winds down, the Homer Farmers Market is staying strong.
Let us turn up the beat.
There is a still a lot to look forward to from the market. Cooking demos, the Great Zucchini Fest, more fun kids activities, turkey raffle, Harvest Party and more.
Last weekend, we learned how to take blossoms, berries and culinary herbs to another level with flavored vinegars.
The market hosted garden chef Lori Jenkins to demonstrate and teach us how to create infused vinegars from dandelion flowers, chive blossoms, French tarragon and red raspberries. Recipes, vinegar tastings and salad samples were provided.
The Farmers Market is also presenting the second-annual Zucchini Races. This will be part of Homer’s first Zucchini Festival on Aug. 25. Look for plenty of zucchini for sale, as well as fun crafts, zany zucchini treats, recipes and other festivities. Join in the fun by dressing like a veggie.
Largest Veggie Contest:
All produce vendors have been challenged to produce their largest veggies. The contest is open to the public to bring in their largest homegrown vegetables to compete as well. The official weigh-in will begin at 12:30 p.m., and prizes will be given for first, second and third-place weight divisions. I’ve been hearing all about the giant Alaska cabbages, with the record for green cabbage weighing in at 127 pounds in 2009 at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Let’s see what Homer can grow up.
The Zucchini Races will begin at 1 p.m., and the general idea is to assemble wheels onto a zucchini so it will race down a ramp. You can build your own chase or find one to attach. A car-building station will be set-up prior to the races for those wishing to assemble their cars the day of the competition. However, those wishing to spend extra time making an extra edgy veggie mobile are recommended to start building at home. Cars will be on display all day, and the No. 1 rule is to be creative.
1. The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca;’ the Italian word for squash.
2. A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
3. The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.
Kids Vending Day will also be the last Saturday of August. Kids are encouraged to participate in all the zucchini fun, but know that if you have a booth, you must be present to sell items just like other vendors.
Bronwynn Kelly is the VISTA Volunteer for Sustainable Homer and Homer Farmer’s Market. She is from the upper peninsula in Michigan.
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