With mountain-ringed farms, Palmer is charming and photogenic. This is the place to search for 100-pound cabbages and fresh farm cheese. Historic buildings are scattered throughout the Mat-Su Valley; in 1935 the federal government relocated about 200 farm families here from the Depression-ridden Midwest. Now it has developed into the state's major agricultural region. Good growing conditions of rich soil and long hours of summer sunlight result in some huge vegetables.

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