Pigs Will Fly – and so will Parsnips, Carrots, Wine and more – as Governor Hosts Alaska Grown Reception, Thursday, February 16th
From a pig flown in from Fairbanks to handmade ice cream from Juneau, farmers and producers from around Alaska will be featured this week at a reception hosted by Governor Walker.
Absolutely, everything on the menu is Alaskan. From the appetizers and drinks to dessert and candies, the menu is a reminder that Alaskan Grown products are available year round, in quantity, and support jobs statewide.
Fritz Wozniak and Jerry Marlow of Fairbanks’ Mid-State Meats will fly a locally grown, 150 pound pig to Juneau where they plan to set up a barbeque to roast the pig all day behind the Governor’s mansion. The pulled pork will be served on rolls made from flour produced in Palmer and Delta.
Other Alaska meats from producers in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, and Eagle River will also be served. Cole slaw, potato salad, and parsnip hummus will accompany the main course.
Diners can enjoy their meal with wine from Alaska Berries of Soldotna, rhubarb lemonade from Bushes Bunches of Palmer, or cocktails made from the Anchorage Distillery. Desserts could include carrot cake, carrot cookies, ice cream with rhubarb sauce, and birch caramel candies. Edible centerpieces will be hydroponically grown lettuce from Chena Hot Springs.
There is enormous opportunity for Alaska to produce more of its own food with enormous room for positive economic impact. Alaskans spend $2 billion per year on food, but only 2% of that food is produced in Alaska.
Pending legislation to promote purchase of Alaska products includes House Bill 46 introduced by Representative Geran Tarr of Anchorage which would increase the preference given to Alaska grown agricultural and fisheries products for purchases by state and municipal institutions.
Contributors to the Governor’s Alaska Grown reception include:
Carrots, potatoes and wheat for rolls – VanderWeele Farms – 745-3597 – Palmer,
Barley flour – Alaska Flour Company – Bryce Wrigley, current AK Farm Bureau President – 687-9924 – Delta Junction, http://www.alaskaflourcompany.
Cabbage & Parsnips – Rempel Family Farm – 745-5554 – Palmer, http://www.rempelfamilyfarm.
Pork for the pulled pork – Fritz Wozniak/Jerry Marlow – Mid State Meats – 488-0124 – North Pole. https://www.facebook.com/
Pate & Salami – Butcher Block 9 – Nate Burris – 349-1560, 982-7723 – Valley & Anchorage, https://www.facebook.com/
Sausage – Mike’s Quality Meats – 696-1888 – Eagle River. https://mikesqualitymeats.com/
Rhubarb lemonade– Bushes Bunches – 746-2874 – Palmer, http://bushesbunches.com/
Wine -– Alaska Berries – 252-8511 – Soldotna, http://www.alaskaberries.com/
Spirits – Anchorage Distillery – Bob Klein, 561-2100, Anchorage, http://www.
Eggs – Bells Flats Poultry, Chris Ford, 539-1614, Kodiak Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau, Kodiak, https://www.facebook.com/
Ice Cream –Coppa, Mark Wheeler, Juneau, 586-3500, http://www.coppa.biz/
Rhubarb Sauce – Juice, Jelly, and Jam, Don Berberich, 355-4419,Wasilla, http://www.juicejellyandjam.
Candy – Alaska Wild Harvest, Killer Birch Caramels, Dulce and Michael Ben, 373-1309, Talkeetna, http://www.alaskabirchsyrup.
Lettuce – Chena Fresh Living Produce, Bernie Karl, 378-2967, Fairbanks, http://www.chenahotsprings.