I had a wonderful afternoon at the farmers market today, shopping, smelling flowers, and taking pictures. I am pretty sure the vendors thought I was a tourist, especially when I approached a zucchini stand, and started snapping pictures from different angles as if I just discovered giant Alaskan zucchini. My day was made when I saw that several stands had one of my favorite flowers, sunflowers, which were pretty impressive in size as well. With a big smile on my face, I rushed to one of the stands; ah, the sunflowers were spectacular, and you could see that the long Alaskan days did their part in helping them to blossom so beautifully.
Long winters make Alaskans, and I am sure other people living in the cold or very hot climates, appreciate locally grown produce so much more. Our short summers go by so quickly, in a blink of an eye, so going to a farmers market becomes a very enjoyable experience, especially if you find giant sunflowers there.
Alaskan climate isn’t suitable for growing many varieties of fruit and vegetables, but it is a different story when it comes to the berries. Berries of all sorts and shapes can be grown and grow wildly across the state.