Palmer Buzz

Okay. Finally Palmer has the answer to “All The Ills of the World.” NonEssentials gourmet grocery, across from the Palmer train depot, offers up local cream topped Milk, fresh from Alaska Range Dairy in glass jugs. And to make this even more perfect, they offer just-baked big, warm chocolate chip cookies too. So regardless of weather, politics, deadlines or office shenanigans, just go to downtown Palmer and dunk a cookie in your milk. See how your life improves immediately

Four Seasons In One Palmer Day—How lucky we are in Palmer!

Winter is available in the mountains. Hatcher Pass and Government Peak Skiing and Sledding! Folks did it this weekend and sent pictures of snow fun.

Fall is available in the woods. It’s all the feels when leaves are floating down and you smell the delicious aroma of full-on autumn.

Summer is available in the lowlands. The grass is still green and the sun is still very hot in mid afternoon. It’s short-lived but it still makes you break a sweat.

Spring is available in the gardens and meadows. There are incredulous second blooms of various flowers including wild rose and daisies.

This is truly a wonderful time of year. Pick your season and indulge in it or do the Thing of visiting all four seasons in one day. It won’t last long but it is perfection.

Lights Up In Palmer—We have a little over 10 hours of daylight now but it is shrinking. It’s kinda hard to deal with the active sunlight loss. But this is when we are proactive and planners. We know dark time is coming and we know outside lighting is more than merry. Outside lighting in Palmer is indicative of warmth, hope, and goodness, even in the darkness. It exudes a positive and safe environment. It is more than just being merry; it is welcoming and comforting.

Palmer Personal Lights On—Because of the loss of sunlight, it is definitely time to don the lights—on both you, your kids, and your pets. Reflective tape strips on your jackets, boots, hats, headbands, or snow pants is a huge help in the darkness. It doesn’t have to be an expensive purchase. Become a reflective pedestrian, biker or runner. There are many different types of convenient items that will make you reflective and safer. There are creams, bracelets, arm bands, belts, vests, socks, pants, jackets, head bands, shoes, and belts.

Palmer Animals Lit Up Too—Your animals might have the reflective material built into their collar. But if they don’t, you can always add some reflective tape to their leash or collar. Or, better yet, add a small little blinker—about the size of a quarter—available at Animal Food Warehouse. It’s small but rugged. I have used this for years and it works really well. Plus my dog feels extra special and important too when he wears it.

This Week in P-Town—

Walkabout Wednesday at the Farm. This is Citizen Science, at its best, with Jodie and Ann. It happens weekly at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center with the Mat Su Cooperative Extension Service. Wednesday is also Trivia night at 203.

Thursday is live music upstairs at the Palmer Ale House. Aktive Soles Thursday night Run series is October 9th- October 12th – Cache/treasure hunt #2

Friday—Open Mic at 203 Kombucha and music at the Klondike

Saturday and Sunday is the beginning of holiday markets with the Alaska State Fair Holiday Bazaar at both Raven Hall and Hoskins Building. The weekend is also a continuation of the Reindeer Farm Fall Family Fun.

Monday is always the Happy Run. Every week!

Tuesday is Spruce Beetle check in sponsored by the Farm and extension service. And Open Stage at Klondike Mikes. Tuesday is also Chess night at 203 Kombucha.

Be happy and stay safe Palmeranians!

Barbara Hunt is both Palmer writer and artist. She works hard to keep the robust pulse of Palmer, Alaska. She shares the good stuff in the weekly Palmer Alaska Buzz Column in the Mat Su Valley Frontiersman and daily on the Palmer Alaska Buzz Facebook Group. Her “2022 Palmer Buzz Community Calendar” is available at Palmer shops and museum in late October. Contact at or text 907.315.3222

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