Today is the Fourth of July. Now it's time to celebrate some great Alaska produce and seafood.
For those looking to line the grill with bounty from the sea, Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage says "we are right in the middle of the best time for the year for fresh Alaskan seafood."
The store has these fish available:
• Sockeye salmon: Headed and gutted reds that average about 5 pounds are $5.95 per pound; fillets are $8.95/pound.
• King salmon: Fresh, net-caught kings from Southeast Alaska are $13.95/pound for fillets.
• Side-stripe shrimp: These Prince William Sound beauties are $11.95/pound.
• Halibut: Whole fish in the 10- to 20-pound range are $10.95/pound, while fillets are $18.95/pound.
At the markets
Zip over to the Spenard Farmers Market, where they are celebrating sustainability along with showing off some new vendors.
Chugach Electric and Municipal Light and Power will be at the market to support the sustainability push. The market will be collecting used compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for recycling.
From the vendors, expect to see Poi Boy Fishing with fresh and frozen fillets of ling cod and rockfish. They'll also be bringing smoked red salmon from the Homer area.
Market spokesperson Stephanie Cuvelier-Holenda says "there are sure to be lots of veggies at the market this weekend including gourmet bunch onions, mustard greens, tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and sweet and spicy radishes, and sunflower sprouts."
Frank Wendling will be back at the market with his homegrown chocolate lilies, which are native to Alaska. Marydot will be at the market with eco-chic designs, including skirts made from recycled T-shirts and aprons made from recycled men's dress shirts. Mobile Mending will be back at the market, for quick mending jobs. Bistro Red Beet will be back with delicious gluten free and organic goods including cookies, pies, cakes, fresh raw juices and English muffins.
Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics and the Anchorage Farmers Market says "the summer weather seems to have finally settled, and we and the plants are soaking it up!"
The slow start to summer has some coveted plants like broccoli, white turnips and zucchini still just a little behind. She hopes some will be ready for the market by the weekend. "We're keeping our eye on them," Bean says.
For certain, Arctic Organics will have fresh spinach, tat soi, radishes, pac choi, lettuce, mizuna, arugula, scallions, greens mix, basil, lovage and chives. There are still a few vegetable and herb plants, along with Alaska fish bone meal based fertilizer blends.
Other vendors scheduled include Bushes Bunches, Seldovitsch Farm, Persistent Farmer, Matanuska Creamery, Floriponics, Arctic Sun Gardening perennials, ACAT compost tea, Fee's Custom Seafoods and Turkey Red Cafe baked goods.
The South Anchorage Farmers Market will have dance lessons from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday by Sean White.
You can stop by the market and two-step over to a number of the regular vendors, including: Northern Lights Mushrooms, Alaska Sprouts, the Blue Poppy, Country Garden Farm, VanderWeele Farm, Earthworks Farm and Arctic Choice Seafoods, among others. New at the market this week will be croissants.
Mark Rempel says to look for a little orange at the market: "Carrots will make the season's debut this week." The Rempel Family Farm will be at the South Anchorage market and at the Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers Market. Other items they will have include tender green onions, arugula, rhubarb, kale, spinach, tat soi, mizuna, bok choi, Napa cabbage, salad mix, parsnips, two kinds of potatoes, snow apple turnips, cilantro, chard and beet greens.
Dinkel's Veggies will also be at the Northway Mall market with a zucchini and broccoli. They also will be at Saturday's Downtown Market and Festival.
Wednesday's Center Market is not operating on the holiday, however, it will be open again Saturday.
Glacier Valley Farm will be at Dimond Center parking lot Wednesday. Arthur Keyes will be there with early season vegetables. He expects other vendors to join the mid-week market in the future. The market opens at 10 a.m.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. If you have a suggestion for a future Market Fresh column, please contact him at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY: NORTHWAY MALL WEDNESDAY FARMERS MARKET, NORTHWAY MALL PARKING LOT, 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.; SOUTH ANCHORAGE FARMERS MARKET, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M., BEHIND THE DIMOND CENTER; 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 TUESDAY: PETERS CREEK FARMERS MARKET, 3-7 TUESDAYS, AMERICAN LEGION POST 33.