By Sara Conyers
Homer Farmers Market Vista Volunteer
As the cool weather creeps in, I am reminded of the season of thankfulness; a wonderful time of year when families come together around the table and say what they are thankful for. I am thankful to live in such an amazing community.
Thankful that even when the “official” farmers market ends, farmers continue to show up and sell produce out of trucks and trunks long after the snow flies;
Thankful our community believes in supporting our farmers who produce healthy, fresh and local foods. Thanks to them, we are less dependent on outside resources;
Thankful to all those who came to the farmers market this year and participated in the chef at the market series, turkey raffle/scholarship, and kids’ activities.
I am thankful to those who donated their unsold fresh veggies to the food pantry every week.
I am thankful for all the innovative kid’s vendors, and the amazing Kayla, who organized kids’ activities every week — rain or shine; Jane and Skyra for greeting us happily every week; Robbi, for keeping us all in line, and Katy for keeping the tokens flowing.
Most of all, I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work in this amazing community, filled with such hard working, and incredible people. Thank you!
Last Saturday was the Harvest Party, and a huge thank you goes to Susan Miller, who organized, cooked and served up two harvest soups. It was an incredible sight to see so many families, friends and community members sharing a meal together.
Thanks to everyone who purchased a turkey raffle ticket. The proceeds will go toward next year’s scholarship/grant program.
Raffle winners: Hannah Gustafson took third place and won a Farmers Market/Alaska Grown Hoody; Beth Van Sandt was second, winning three market tokens valued at $60. First prize and winner of a locally grown turkey and all the fixings was Jo Dempsey.
Since the official market has now ended, the information booth will no longer be there. Debit and EBT cards will no longer be accepted. Some vendors will continue to show up every Saturday, so bundle up and bring cash, and keep buying from our hardworking farmers and vendors.
Thank you, and we’ll see you next year.
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