21 years of Juneau community gardening celebrated Saturday

Annual Harvest Fair event features farmer's market, kids activities
John Thedinga, president of the Juneau Community Garden, does some cleanup work on Thursday in preparation for Saturday's Harvest Fair.

This weekend marks 21 years for the annual Juneau Community Garden Harvest Fair, which officially kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the judging of plots and exhibits. At 11 a.m. the fair opens to the public and runs until 1:30 p.m. The event will include tours of the individual gardens, a farmer’s market, kids activities, food sales and an awards ceremony for the best looking produce in Juneau.

The fair this year will feature multiple exhibit entry divisions including the basics such as categories for vegetables, herbs and fruits. Other categories cater to the more unusual such as best produce sculpture or the largest zucchini. Overall garden plots are also up for judging; there’s even a category for the most innovative plot that features new varieties or techniques, for instance. As always, anyone in the community may enter the competition.

The farmer’s market will feature items raised and donated by members renting the garden’s 157 plots and 29 small beds, including carrots, lettuce, chard, kale, zucchini, beets, rhubarb, peas, flowers, herbs and jellies, jams and preserves.

Interested parties may also reserve plots for the 2014 planting season.

The event is free and the community of Juneau is invited to attend. The garden is located on 5669 Montana Creek Road. Guests can park in the garden meadow or along Montana Creek Road.


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