• Organizers introduce outdoor market with more flexibility for the smaller vendor
By Hannah Heimbuch
This weekend marks the grand opening of Homer’s newest outdoor market, a vendor hotspot opening up on West Pioneer in downtown Homer.
Pioneer Market will welcome its first vendors and customers Saturday starting at 9 a.m., setting up shop in the parking lot of 203 W. Pioneer — on the corner of Greatland and Pioneer.
Market organizers, including Brad Walker and Todd Boling, welcome vendors selling items or services that fall under the City of Homer’s definition for farmer’s market items, particularly those whose products or services boost aspects of healthy living.
Walker hopes the venue will attract a wide variety of vendors, and a lineup that will grow and change throughout the summer. Potential booths could include healthy foods, active lifestyle items, informational booths and many other types of vendors.
“We’re gearing it toward things that promote the health and wellness of people in Homer,” Walker said. “We wanted to introduce an outdoor market that has more flexibility for the smaller vendor to produce and sell his wares.”
The fee is $10 per booth, per weekend, with free spaces provided to nonprofits.
Seven vendors have signed up to start the inaugural weekend, including several that encourage outdoor activity — like the bike repair booth visitors will see this Saturday, or Walker’s own table selling hip waders and educating fishers on gear regulations.
Building and lot owner Todd Boling will be selling pancakes and his homemade syrup, Walker said, while Christina Castellanos with Snowshoe Hollow Farm will offer up some starts and salad greens.
This is a great opportunity for up-and-comers, Walker said, since there is no contract and the cost for vending is low.
“The goal of the market is to give the smaller artisan or craftsperson or grower an avenue to sell their merchandise and to get word out about what they do,” Walker said. “This is a good way for people to test the waters.”
He expects vendors will likely be different each week, and looks forward to providing a variety of healthy opportunities for tasting, testing, purchasing and learning. The market hangs its hat on the concepts of sustainable consumerism — promoting local crafts, trades, health, nutrition and education.
The market will run every Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., starting this weekend. They’ll keep it going until interest wanes or the weather shuts them down, Walker said.
For more information, questions or to become a vendor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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