While some farmers markets have shut down ahead of the approaching snow, others are still pushing ahead.
Several of the popular markets continue for a couple more weeks. And the Center Market plans to move inside once the weather really turns chilly.
Today is the final Northway Mall Wednesday Market. Swing by to pick up some still-fresh vegetables.
Also today is the Center Market at the Mall at Sears parking lot. Vern Stockwell is joining the regular crew at today's market. He will have green beans, strawberries, carrots, beets, spinach, cabbage, onions, leeks, Brussels sprouts, kale, heirloom tomatoes, 10 varieties of potatoes, and Alaska beef, pork and elk meat. Stockwell will also have items at today's Northway Mall market and both the South Anchorage and Anchorage Farmers markets Saturday.
Center Market founders Alex Davis and Duane Clark will also be in Midtown both today and Saturday. Davis will have carrots in four colors, four varieties of beets, cabbage, parsnips, potatoes, pasture-raised pork products and fresh chicken eggs. Clark will have Alaska beef, seafood, free-range chicken and local raw honey. Additionally, he is taking orders for quarter, half and whole beef ready for butcher.
Despite the chilly weather, some farmers at the South Anchorage Farmers Market are bringing in "summer" crops.
"Some farmers are still able to provide tender lettuce and baby bok choy," says South Anchorage spokesperson Nancy Lampman.
Some of the vendors this week include Glacier Valley Farm with onions, carrots and rutabagas; VanderWeele Farms will have lettuces, greens, carrots, cauliflower, squash, chard and potatoes; Rempel Family Farm will have parsnips, sugar pumpkins, celery, broccoli, three varieties of beets, kale, snow apple turnips and potatoes; Earthworks Farm will have lettuces, greens and cut flowers; Southfork will have several jams and jellies, including crab apple and currant, along with the last of the season heirloom tomatoes; Lewis Farm will have loads of potatoes and a variety of tomatoes, along with pickled canned goods including carrots, beets and dilly beans; Arctic Choice will have salmon, halibut, rockfish and cod fillets, along with other seafood options; and Matanuska Creamery will have ice cream, cheese, cheese curds and homemade butter and garlic butter.
The Anchorage Farmers Market continues for two more Saturdays.
Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics says "there are plenty of goodies left in the field that survived the frost," including rutabagas, scallions and field cress. Other items they'll have at the market include 10 varieties of potatoes, kabocha winter squash, leeks, cabbage, beets, onions, Brussels sprouts, carrots, chard and kale.
Also at the market will be TuscAlaska. Franco Magrini will be at the market with a variety of sauces, including arugula pesto, two rhubarb barbecue sauces, two varieties of kimchi and ravioli stuffed with butternut squash among other items, including soups to go in one-quart containers.
From the sea
Even if you don't like the sight of snow in the mountains, Dannon Southall from 10th & M Seafoods has good news: "The beginning of October means two things, first is the snow is creeping slowly down the mountains every day, and second is the beginning of fresh spot shrimp season in Southeast Alaska. This short-lived season for these amazing shrimp started on the first of October and will run for a few weeks."
Southall says 10th & M will have fresh spot shrimp from Southeast starting today through the weekend for $19.95 per pound.
Other items this week include Gulf of Alaska true cod fillets for $5.95 per pound, live mussels for $4.95 per pound, live Manila clams for $6.95 per pound, live oysters for $12.95 per dozen and 10- to 20-pound headed and gutted halibut.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. If you have a suggestion for a future Market Fresh column, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODAY: Center Market, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Northway Mall Wednesday Market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northway Mall parking lot
SATURDAY: Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 15th and Cordova in the Central Lutheran Church parking lot; Center Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Farm Market at the Barn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glacier Valley Farm, Glenn Highway and Inner Springer Loop Road; South Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Subway/Cellular One Sports Center at the corner of Old Seward Highway and O'Malley Road