South Anchorage Farmers' Market WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
The termination dust is creeping down the mountains and in our yard we have more leaves on the ground than on the trees. Everyone is feeling the change in seasons and people are stocking up on those root veggies that hold so well over the fall and winter. Are there are still lots of things to enjoy at the market! If you would like an extra amount of potatoes, carrots, beets, or have plans to jar or freeze, be sure to ask your favorite farm to bring extra for you.
Also take note that the Saturday South Anchorage Farmers’ Market will continue until October 15th!
Glacier Valley is also in Eagle River! Check out the Eagle River farmers’ market in front of Mike Meats 10-3:00 on Saturday.
Glacier Valley Farm’s Colony Barn market is located on the corner of Inner Springer Loop and the Glenn Highway and is open from 10-4:00 on Saturdays.
Do you have lots of errands to do? Why not have breakfast or lunch at the market? We have a flavorful selection of salmon burgers, portabella burgers, buffalo dogs, egg chapatis, salads and all made with local ingredients!
PLANTS AND VEGETABLES
Glacier Valley Farm will have onions, rutabagas, and lots more.
Here is a report from Arthur:
Here we are nearing the end of the 2011 season!
This past year was a bit cooler than the previous year, but not nearly as wet. Regardless of the cool temps and the reduced yield that accompanies the cooler weather we still had a good year out here. The reason that we had a good year had less to do with production as it had to do with the consumer support we received from you, our customers!
This week’s box will be our final delivery of the Glacier Valley CSA. The CSA has been an adventure that Alison and I eagerly under took, we learned a great deal and made a lot of friends! It has been an adventure to say the least.
Thank you for this opportunity and the experience!
In the future if you want to stay updated on the farm and what is happening in the world of Alaskan agriculture I encourage to join “Glacier Valley Farm” Friends page on Facebook as we continue on with this Alaskan farming adventure!
I would also like to encourage everyone to take a look at and support the “Alaska Farmland Trust.” Without farmland our kids don’t have a very bright future here in Alaska.
I am hopeful that I will see you all at the markets in the coming season. Remember if you don’t see Alaska Grown items at your local grocery store or restaurant please ask the management to support us, this does make a difference.
Take care and God bless! Arthur Keyes Glacier Valley Farm
VanderWeele farms will have lots to offer with a wide variety of lettuces and greens, and carrots; all delicious and tender. Check out all of their cauliflower varieties too. Green, purple and cheddar varieties. Beautiful chard and potatoes too!
This week Rempel family Farm will have certified organic parsnips, sugar pumpkins, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage in several varieties, 3 kinds of beets, kales, collards, herbs, at least 5 kinds of potatoes, sweet carrots, Snow Apple turnips and much more.
Vern Stockwell will have a great selection of greens and lettuce. Also check out that big white cooler he has with local pork, elk and now…beef! Sausage, chops, everything you could want. A great variety of potatoes too! He has a great selection of homemade jams too!
Bruce and Beverly Hougan from Earthworks Farm will be here with their wide selection of lettuce and greens and gorgeous cut flowers. Their baby lettuce is small and tender and check out their interesting cabbage varieties.
Southfork will feature a special fig jam this week, along with several varieties of cranberry and pear. Joan Johnson will also have packages of lowbush cranberries for sale, to put away in your freezer for the holidays.
Wolverine Farms will be here with their tender peas and other fresh veggies. Make sure you buy extra and put some away in the freezer!
Wild Wild Farm will be bringing their selection of fresh vegetables too.
Rise & Shine Bakery won’t be at the market on Saturday at the market. Dan and Alison are taking a break until mid-October, and will then begin their wintertime routine. Starting on October 20, you can order their bread online on their website: http://www.riseandshinebread.com. They will be baking about twice a month, and if you put your email on their mailing list (do this on their website), Alison will send you a reminder email the week before each bake, describing the bread they will be baking and the procedure for ordering it on their website. You can pick up your ordered loaves on Wednesdays at Over the Rainbow Toys near the Huffman post office, or downtown at Side Street Espresso (412 G Street).
Arctic Choice line up of Seafood; fresh Yakutat Coho Salmon fillets, along with Halibut fillets & cheeks, Cod & Rockfish fillets, Oysters in the shell. Along with other favorites will be King Crab, Sable fish fillets, Scallops, Spot Shrimp, SideStripe Shrimp, Razor Clam meat,Halibut & Salmon meat, Ikura, Smoked Sockeye Salmon. Stop by early, for the best selection. See you at the market!
Matanuska Creamery will have lots of different flavors of ice cream to suit anyone’s desires. Many choices of cheese and cheese curds too! This week they will be bringing homemade butter and savory garlic butter which is really good on vegetables and bread. Also a lemon butter that will be great on fish and superb for cooking. Their new cheese this week will be a Jack cheese. They will still have a little bit of onion and chive cheese. They love to see all of you at market and look forward to sharing their products with you. Say hello to the Cheese Ladies, Veronica and Jeannie
Don’t forget to bring your packs for ice cream as the season is ending soon and you can not buy it anywhere else in Anchorage. Of course they will have seven flavors of cheese curds available this week too.
Mary Jane will have fresh local eggs, baby greens, and local honey. A great selection of breads from French Oven Bakery along with those tempting whole wheat cinnamon rolls, macaroons, palmiers & bolillos and other baked goods. Check out their new homemade dog biscuits! Very good (so I’m told by all the wags) and made with wholesome ingredients.
Denali Kettle Corn will be here with those tempting sweet aromas too! They have lots of flavors to choose from.
The Salmon Burger lady has a lot more than just salmon! Stop by to see what she has on the menu for this week. Everyone loves her portabella mushroom burger so stop by and give it a try.
Josie McKinney, Author and Co-founder of the Alaskan Association of Authors will be here sharing her love of Alaskan writers and interesting books for everyone.
See you at the market!
Would you like to see some videos about the vendors and farmers who sell their produce at the South Anchorage Farmers’ Market? Check us out!
Chef Delicious Dave at the South Anchorage Farmer’s Market Anchorage chef Dave Thorne describes what to look for when shopping for local produce.
VanderWeele Carrot HarvestRoger VanderWeele of VanderWeele Farm talks about carrot production.
Rise & Shine Bakery: Owners Alison Arians & Dan Schwartz bake their whole-grain sourdough bread in the small commercial kitchen attached to their house on Anchorage’s lower Hillside.
Transplanting Lettuce at Vanderweele Farms: Vanderweele Farms employee Teresa Reel talks about getting plants in the ground during the spring planting near Palmer, Alaska in May 2009.
Strawberries: Arthur Keyes of Glacier Valley Farm talks about his experiment growing California strawberry varieties on his Palmer, Alaska farm.
Harvesting Corn at Glacier Valley Farm: Alaska farmer Arthur Keyes talks about growing and harvesting, corn in Alaska.
Onions from Stockwell Farm: Vern Stockwell perfected the art of growing onions in Alaska.