In the next several weeks, farmers markets across the peninsula will be popping up with fresh local food.
The Alaska Food Hub, an online farmers market with several pickup locations, will begin May 1 in Homer, May 15 in Soldotna and May 22 in Seldovia. The food hub runs until October. To see what’s available for order, residents can visit alaskafoodhub.org.
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Farmers Market, which was formally the Farmers Fresh Market, will begin 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 11. The market will take place every Tuesday until September 10 at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on K-Beach Road.
Down in Homer, the Homer Farmers Market begins 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The market is both 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays from May 25 to Sept. 28 on Ocean Drive.
Ninilchik is hosting their farmers market from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays from June 2 to July 28 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds.
The Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market, the area’s oldest market, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from June 1 to Sept. 28. Running for the last 24 years, the market sits near the historic Soldotna Post Office on the Kenai Spur Highway and E. Corral Avenue. Elaine Howell has been managing the market in Soldotna with her husband, Bill, for two years now. She said residents and visitors can expect more at this year’s farmers market. Howell said they invited food trucks to park at the market.
“We have a quite a few more vendors and a couple of new farmers,” Howell said. “We’re hoping to bring more awareness to the market.”
Howell said they’ve already begun planning for next year, for the market’s 25th birthday.
Also in Soldotna, the Soldotna Wednesday Market will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 5 to Aug. 28 at Soldotna Creek Park.