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6/26/2013
Homegrown fun

Ketchikan has another grand idea in the farmers market.

Farmers markets are just fun, no other way to say it — especially when the sun shines, which it did this weekend.

It's fun to saunter from table of goods to table of goods, seeing what Ketchikan farmers can grow in a rainforest.

Much to some's surprise, Ketchikan can produce vegetables, really good ones and good-for-you ones — kale, spinach, greens, Swiss chard, fennel, kohlrabi and chives. Who would have thought that arugula grows well here?

The local farmers get extra credit because of the tremendous effort, expense and commitment it takes to try to grow despite the rocky soil. And they do it.

Vegetables weren't the only fare at the market. Farmers sold 32 dozen eggs in a matter of minutes.

Bread, jam, rhubarb, mint and peppermint flew off the tables, too.

Even one of the supermarkets got into the fun, showing up with organic fruits and vegetables.

Farmers markets happen at least weekly throughout the Lower 48 in the summers and during fall harvest. Often they attract visiting Alaskans.

Now, Alaskans don't have to buy a jet ticket just to go to the market. It's here, and it's hoped it will be for a long time. The next one is scheduled for July 6 at 4 p.m. on Berth IV. If history is any guide, get there early while supplies last.

Glad to see the market come to town.