Vendors sell locally grown and crafted products at the Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market during the 2019 season. (Photo provided)

Vendors sell locally grown and crafted products at the Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market during the 2019 season. (Photo provided)

Soldotna farmers market opens Saturday

Vendors are required to grow and produce all their products locally.

The Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market is kicking off its summer season on June 5.

Elaine Howell, the market manager, said she’s eager to get everyone back together. She didn’t shut down the market last summer, but there were a lot of COVID-conscious variations she made.

Howell said she saw less foot traffic last year, as a lot of people were limiting their gatherings.

“It will be nice to see some of our regulars come back,” she said.

The market was established in 1995, making it the oldest one on the peninsula, according to Howell. It’s been at the current location — 195 E. Corral Avenue at the elementary school bus turnaround in Soldotna — since 2000.

Vendors are required to grow and produce all their products locally. There are more than 24 member vendors.

On Saturday, Howell said people should expect a decent turnout.

“We’re expecting to have about 15 or 16 vendors on hand,” she said.

Since the winter stayed for awhile on the peninsula, Howell said, the produce might be scarce on opening day, but she hopes people will come support the market.

“We’re going to try to get back to normal as best we can,” she said.

The market is open every Saturday from June through September, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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