It's been raining -- at least until the past couple days -- but the fish don't seem to mind.
Saturdays at the South Anchorage Farmers Market, Arctic Choice Seafood always seems to have a long line. This week, there will be plenty of reasons to get a spot in that line.
Here is a quick report from the folks at Arctic Choice: "(We) look forward each Saturday to having a large variety of fresh fish and shellfish caught right here in Alaska waters. This coming Saturday, we will have a limited quantity of early arrival coho salmon, along with continuing sockeye and king."
Additionally, they'll have side-stripe shrimp, oysters in the shell, spot shrimp, razor clam meat, scallops, golden king crab, halibut, cod, rockfish, sablefish, along with smoked sockeye salmon and salmon caviar.
At the Spenard Farmers Market, Poi Boy Fishing should have fresh rockfish, lingcod and smoked salmon from the Homer area. (Check out the recipe below for a suggestion of how to put some of that seafood to good use.) Fee's Custom Seafood is scheduled to be at the Anchorage Farmers Market and frozen seafood is usually available at the Center Market too.
Get your seafood fix, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.
If the rain returns, Sarah Bean from Arctic Organics and the Anchorage Farmers Market has good news: "The bright side is that we've had ample rain for irrigation of the crops. As I was telling people last week at market, this is great weather for spinach, lettuces and other greens. We brought a bumper crop of amazing spinach last week and expect to have more again this week."
In addition to the spinach and lettuce, Arctic Organics should have white turnips, kale, watercress, Chinese cabbage, rainbow chard, bunches of mixed braising greens, zucchini, tat soi, radishes, pac choi, arugula, wild baby arugula, greens mix, sorrel, basil, lovage and chives.
The Persistent Farmer will also be at the market with dahlia blooms, along with dairy products from Matanuska Creamery.
Amanda Cash is the Chef at the Market this weekend. She will be cooking up omelets in the morning, then a nice salad and grilled pizzas in the afternoon, providing ideas for how to use the market's produce offerings.
In addition to Arctic Choice, the South Anchorage market will have a host of vendors, including several highlighting produce (Glacier Valley Farm, VanderWeele Farm, Rempel Family Farm, Little Su Farm, Stockwell Farm and Earthworks Farm).
"Strong selection of produce all day long, so you don't have to be there first thing in the morning for a good selection," says market organizer Arthur Keyes of Glacier Valley Farm. Some of the produce includes carrots, beets, tat soi, collard greens, mustard greens, Napa cabbage, turnips, chard and herbs.
Other highlights include Rise and Shine Bakery with whole wheat toasted walnut, kalamata olive, raisin and toasted pecan, Alaskan potato and spent grain breads; Alaska Sprouts with broccoli, onion, bean and clover sprouts, along with sunflower shoots and pea shoots and basil plants; kettle corn; coffee; jams and jellies; and bakery sweets.
The Spenard Farmers Market will also have an abundance of fresh Alaska produce. Veggie growers include: Ba-lescas Brothers, Charles and Rikki Stillman, Chugach Farm, Dinkel's Veggies, Fresh International Gardens, Glacier Valley Farm, Grass Roots Service, Sexton Farms, Spring Creek Farm, Urban Farmer, Vitali Seldovic, Wild Rose Alaska Natural Harvest and Susan's Berry Patch.
Other items of interest include quail eggs from Skeeter Farm; Alaska plants from P&M Gardens; foods from Bistro Red Beet, Cafe Croissant, Marshmelanies and Organic Oasis; Denali Dreams Soap Co.; and artwork and handmade items from Hedge Pottery, Lance Lekander Artworks, S.L. Cook Pottery & Fiberworks and Firey Art Studio.
The Center Market will have pork products, grass-fed Alaska beef, produce, herbs and flowering plants from Mile 5.2 Greenhouse. Sleeping Lady Alaskan Foods will be at the market on Wednesday.
1 pound fresh rockfish
6 limes, juiced
1 Serrano chili, minced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, diced
Kosher salt, to taste
A capful of white vinegar and olive oil
Fresh chopped cilantro and avocado for garnish
Chop rockfish into small cubes. Put the seafood in a shallow glass dish. Add lime juice. There should be enough lime juice to completely cover the fish. Leave in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours. The fish will be opaque and firm when it is done.
Add the tomatoes, onion and chili.
Toss all ingredients, drain lime juice. Sprinkle salt, vinegar and oil.
Serves six as an appetizer.
Source: Courtesy of Kate Powers, Spenard Farmers Market
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.
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
Thursday: Peters Creek Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., American Legion Post 33
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; Eagle River Farmers Market, in front of Mike's Meats, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 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; 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