Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market was established in 1995 under the name Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market as a venue for area growers to show and sell their locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, eggs and honey.
As the Market celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, we continue to work to showcase local products and Alaska grown food, to foster consumer-producer relationships, and to serve as an incubator for new business. Last year we had over two dozen vendors and hundreds of visitors on a typical Saturday.
In May of 1992, Warren Larsen, Resource Development Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service (UAF) in Soldotna, formed a Steering Committee with interested gardeners and consumers from the Central Kenai Peninsula who felt a farmers market would be meaningful to individuals growing, buying, and selling fresh local produce. The Steering Committee consisted of Peggy Mullin, Leah Spaulding (grower for Kenaitze Indian Tribe), Cindy Irmen, and Linda Sorrick. Clayton and Juanita Hillhouse also joined the group. The first market was held at the City of Soldotna Police Dept. parking lot, across from Safeway and McDonald’s. The Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market was formally organized in 1995. Over the years it became informally known as Soldotna Farmers Market, Soldotna Saturday Market as well as Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market. In 2018 management of the Market was transferred from Clayton Hillhouse to Elaine and Bill Howell and the name of the Market was officially changed to Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market.