Market Fresh: Fuel up on selection of local fare at Center Market

Steve Edwards

Even before the weekend snowstorm, Alex Davis of A.D. Farm knew spring was a ways off.

Years of experience tells him to not get too excited or anxious to get plants started. Those starts are still weeks in the future. But he's got plenty from last year's harvest to show off this week at the Center Market.

The market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Mall at Sears.

"We still have lots of carrots -- purple and orange," Davis says.

And he has plenty of beets; French fingerling potatoes, peanut potatoes and German butterball potatoes; barley flour, cereal and whole barley; fresh eggs and lots of pork options, including chops, fresh side, steaks, breakfast sausage patties, Italian sausage and spicy sausage.

Earthworks Farm will have their Abeille Alaska handmade all-natural beeswax and honey body care products at Wednesday's market. They also are offering the body care items at the Exchange Mall on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson on Thursdays to Saturdays until May.

Country Health Foods will have grass-fed beef, local free-range chicken, jams, Alaska Sprouts products, and yak meat from Rempel Family Farm.

Alaska Vegan & Gluten Free will be offering its regular lineup of roasted beets and sweet potato soup, carrot ginger soup, lentil tomato vegetable soup, split pea soup, spaghetti sauce, red beans and brown rice with pico de gallo, fresh pico de gallo, homemade corn chips, lemon garlic hemp seed salad dressing, breads (with or without rosemary) and lemon cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting.

Rob Wells, The Persistent Farmer, will be back at the market on Wednesday with his pre-ordered dahlia tubers, along with tubers for sale. "Sales have been brisk and the selection is down to a dozen or so varieties," Wells says.

Drool Central will be at Wednesday's market with her tasty treats for dogs, including those made of pea flour, bananas and apples, along with chicken and salmon. They will have fresh-frozen meals too.

"All frozen meals contain corresponding organs -- may contain livers, hearts, kidneys, gizzards, tripe - Alaska-grown carrots and organic green beans," says Daisy Nicolas. "There are no preservatives and no seasonings added."

Drool Central will be at the Egan Center on Saturday and Sunday with the Alaska Kennel Club.

Mat-Su Farm Market

After a week off, the Mat-Su Farm Market returns on Monday to the Palmer Depot. The market is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More than two dozen vendors are lined up for the market. Among them are:

• The Alaskan Sourdough Bread Company with sourdough breads; specialty breads including challah, balsamic onion focaccia and Alaskan sea salt focaccia; sweets; and some new items including pumpkin streusel muffins with maple glaze.

• Alaska Sprouts with sprouts, shoots and hydroponic lettuces.

• Alaska Yard and Goat Company with a large selection of Alaska goat milk soaps, including oatmeal, milk and honey, and lavender.

• Bistro Red Beet with many gluten-free baked goods including breads, cookies, brownies and muffins; featured this week is strawberry fry bread and cauliflower-pear kimchi.

• Brooke Family Farm with quail, chicken and duck eggs. They also are taking orders for free-range chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys and hogs.

• Coba's Plant Care with fresh microgreens, including basic or spicy salad mix, broccoli, radish and cabbage microgreens!

• Jonesers will have teas, rubs and handmade nectars. On Monday, they are featuring the Hazy nectar, which contains allspice, cardamom and cloves.

• Linda Kenny will have handmade crafts including purses, bags, dishrags, pot holders, fabric bowls, dog collars and other items.

• Mellie's Jellies, which has Alaska State Fair award-winning jams, will be at Monday's market with strawberry, blueberry and mixed berry jams.

Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at

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