Final Saturday Market and one last special event!
The last South Anchorage Farmers' Market is coming upon us. This Saturday
is the last market for the season and all of the vendors want to extend
their warmest thanks for your support. We are already looking forward to
next year and planning to make the market even better!
Remember that the hours are a little different now. We start at 10:00 am
and close at 3:00 pm. Put on those hat and mittens and enjoy the market!
There is wonderful produce to enjoy!
For the past two years I have had a close connection with the market. I get
to take a brief look into the lives of some of the farmers and, what seems
to me, insurmountable challenges they face. The rain this season was
devastating. You got a sinking feeling it was bad when everyone started
talking about next year and it was only the end of July. And when I thought
the season was over, I found out how wrong I was. There was a lot to do:
plowing and preparing the land, catching up on tons of paperwork, and
planning for next season. It made my getting ready for winter (cleaning out
the garage) look like a piece of cake. I learn something new each time I
talk with the farmers and vendors and want to thank them for being so
generous with their time.
We have one last special event! Alaska Farmland Trust and a new group
called the Alaska Food Policy Council which is a consortium of many
different agricultural and food entities that are working to strengthen our
local food system, will be there with educational information.
If you are feeling a little panicky about not getting local produce you
should check out Glacier Valley Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
It is the only Alaskan CSA that highlights Alaskan grown vegetables year
round! During the winter and spring months the box is supplemented with
certified organic vegetables and fruits from Outside. If you're curious,
take a peek at their website. It certainly reduces the number of times you
have to go to the store and you are supporting local business to boot!
VanderWeele Farms has lots of great fall produce including: carrots, white,
purple, yellow or "cheddar" and lime green cauliflower that is incredibly
beautiful and tasty! Red and green cabbage will also be there along with
their famous potatoes.
Glacier Valley Farm will have onions and leeks and other late fall crops.
See what is going on at Arthur's farm through his Facebook page. Here is
the link: http://tinyurl.com/29rgvfo
Stockwell Farms will have a few greens including, kale, Asian kale, new
potatoes, sweet carrots, and homemade relishes. Homemade cookies loaded
with lots of whole grains to keep your energy up throughout the day. He
also has 20lb bags of potatoes for just $20.00! That is a lot of spuds!
Southfork's Joan Johnson has a few remaining heirloom tomatoes available.
The colorful display of tomatoes in shades of pink, yellow, orange, green,
red, and purple is right next to the more than 25 different kinds of jams
and jellies at the Southfork Stand.
BAKERY AND FOOD
Everybody's Business is a local company who focuses on fresh, local
ingredients. Their salmon burger on greens is amazing! They also have
breakfast items so if you need to go to the market early you can get a
tasty breakfast while you're there. Great to keep you warm and toasty!
For Arctic Choice, fresh AK Coho season has come to an end & wild AK Troll
caught King Salmon season has opened Monday Oct. 11th. With some luck by
the fishing fleet & cooperation with the weather they may have some for the
final market. Also fresh Spot Shrimp season is in full swing and weather
allowing, they will be available for Saturday also. Before the last market;
the staff @ Arctic Choice wants to say thank you to all the kind folks who
visit us at the market for their seafood needs and we will look forward to
seeing everyone again next season, thank you.
Matanuska Creamery will be bringing in more butter as they continue to sell
out. Check out their flavored butters as well! They also have new ice cream
flavors including cheesecake which sells out fast. And of course they will
have a great selection of cheese and cheese curds. So many fans have been
made this summer and people recognize that fresh is best! You really can
taste the difference.
Three Bears will be bringing their jams and jellies as well. A wide variety
made with local fruit at terrific prices.
Fat Boyz Ribz will be there grilling up their delicious ribs and hot dogs.
Great cole slaw too! Just follow your nose!
Family Farm will also be at the market this Saturday!
Here is the report from Rempel Family farm:
We are almost done harvesting as I write this Monday evening. All that is
left in the field are some carrots, kales, collards and green onions. The
weather has been tolerable if not nerve-racking. We hope to finish up this
week and get some much needed rest.
This week Rempel Family Farm will have carrots, ten varieties of potatoes,
3 kinds of beets, beautiful parsnips, sweet daikon radishes, kales, maybe
collards and green onions, red and green cabbages, spaghetti squash,
stripetti squash, sugar pumpkins and a few other certified organic
Thanks everyone! See you Saturday!
South Anchorage Farmers' Market