New options sprouting up at farmers markets

Daily News correspondentJune 19, 2012 

Photo by STEVE EDWARDS A variety of sprouts can be found at local farmers markets.

Local farmers markets frequently give shoppers a chance to try out something new.

Over at the South Anchorage Farmers Market, Alaska Sprouts has some interesting options available. "We grew broccoli sprouts this week to do something new and interesting at the South Anchorage Farmer's Market," says S.J. Klein. "Broccoli sprouts are super high in sulforaphane, a powerful antioxidant, and are really popular among the health crowd."

Other options from Alaska Sprouts include fresh tofu, "pepper jack" tofu infused with roasted Serrano and jalapeno peppers, onion sprouts, clove sprouts, mung bean sprouts, three-bean sprouted mix (adzuki, lentil and pea), pea shoots, sunflower shoots, daikon radish shoots and young French tarragon.

Other South Anchorage vendors include Rise and Shine Bakery with toasted walnut, kalamata olive, and dark chocolate and cherry hearth loaves of bread, along with spent grain and whole wheat sourdough levain pan loaves; Southfork with six varieties of fresh rhubarb jams, fresh apricot jam and some salmonberry jelly.

At the Anchorage Farmers Market, Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics is happy to report "we're excited to be bringing a good assortment of produce to the farmers market at last!"

The produce includes pac choi, lettuce, mizuna, arugula, scallions, greens mix, basil and a variety of potatoes. Arctic Organics also will have some flower and plant seedlings, fish bone meal-based fertilizer and blooming apple trees.

The Persistent Farmer will also be at the market with tumbler hanging basket tomatoes, which Rob Wells describes as "in good shape for late July ripe fruit." He also will have radishes, turnips and products from the Matanuska Creamery, including fresh cheeses, cheese curds and ice cream. The cheeses include pepper jack, chive and mozzarella.

Other vendors scheduled for the market include Bushes Bunches, Seldovitsch Farm, Floriponics, Arctic Sun Gardening perennials, ACAT compost tea, Fee's Custom Seafood and Turkey Red Cafe baked goods.

The Center Market will include A.D. Farm's line of pork products, eggs, jam, parsnips, potatoes, rhubarb and chives.

Duane Clark reports that several members of the Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska will join the farmers for Wednesday's "first day of summer" market. Clark also will have grass-fed beef cuts and plants and flowers from Mile 5.2 Greenhouse. Sleeping Lady Alaskan Foods will also be at the market Wednesday.

Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. If you have a suggestion for a future Market Fresh column, please contact him at sedwards@adn.com.

Farmers markets

WEDNESDAY: CENTER MARKET, 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M., THE MALL AT SEARS, BENSON BOULEVARD AND DENALI STREET; WASILLA FARMERS MARKET, 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M., BEHIND THE WASILLA PUBLIC LIBRARY

FRIDAY: PALMER FRIDAY FLING, 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. AT THE PAVILION ACROSS FROM VISITOR'S CENTER

SATURDAY: ANCHORAGE FARMERS MARKET, 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M. AT 15TH AND CORDOVA IN THE CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH PARKING LOT; ANCHORAGE MARKET AND FESTIVAL, 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M., THIRD AVENUE BETWEEN C AND E STREETS; CENTER MARKET, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M., THE MALL AT SEARS, BENSON BOULEVARD AND DENALI STREET; 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; SPENARD FARMERS MARKET, 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M., SPENARD ROAD AND 26TH AVENUE

SUNDAY: ANCHORAGE MARKET AND FESTIVAL, 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M., THIRD AVENUE BETWEEN C AND E STREETS

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