Market Fresh: Valley's farm honeybees appear hungry for spring

Steve Edwards
Chas Metvier

If you think you're ready for spring, try to guess how the animals feel. The bees at Earthworks Farm in the Valley are definitely ready, says Dee Barker.

"I fed my bees again yesterday. One hive was particularly voracious," she says. "The bees were coming out of the hive and landing on the pitcher I was using to pour their syrup into their top feeder. Eight hives are still very active and ready to find forage; some of the bees were following me when I walked back to my home, seemingly thinking I would lead them back to the source of food. They flew around my doorway and then flew back in the direction of their hives.

"They're very ready for spring -- bring on the flowers!"

Earthworks Farm will be back at the Center Market at The Mall at Sears on Wednesday. They also are offering the body care items at the Exchange Mall on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursdays to Saturdays until May.

Barker says she will have lotion bars in hand-finished birch boxes. The bars are made with Alaska-grown beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil. She will also have lip balms and moisturizing cream.

"Our moisturizing cream is handmade with very few ingredients -- coconut Oil, Alaska-grown beeswax and honey, and almond oil," Barker says. "Nurses, carpenters, diabetics have told me that they have used this cream to treat dry-cracked skin with success. We are proud to have created a moisturizer that has helped people with their skin issues."

Rempel Family Farm will be at Wednesday's market with eight varieties of potatoes, stripetti squash, red and golden beets, parsnips and daikon radish.

Other vendors scheduled for both Wednesday and Saturday include Country Health Foods, A.D. Farm, Drool Central and Alaska Vegan & Gluten Free.

Alaska Vegan & Gluten Free's Kristin Donaldson is will be offering red lentil dahl, a spicy Indian soup, this week, along with her regular menu: roasted beets and sweet potato soup, carrot ginger soup, tomato vegetable lentil soup, chunky 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. Some items sell out quickly. Contact Donaldson early to request they be held. Her email is .

Drool Central will have locally made dog treats and food, created with Alaska fish and many Alaska-grown vegetables.

A.D. Farm will have fresh goose and chicken eggs, along with barley cereal, barley flour and whole barley. Alex Davis also will have a variety of pork products and storage crops including potatoes, beets and orange and purple carrots.

The market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.


Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods says "the weather has been good on the fishing grounds allowing the fisherman to get out and target everyone's favorite flat fish -- halibut."

Fresh headed and cleaned halibut in the 10- to 20-pound range are $9.95 per pound. 10th & M also has Gulf of Alaska fresh cod fillets for $6.95 per pound, along with fresh troll-caught king salmon from Southeast.

The Shrimp Guys Seafood will be in Eagle River on Wednesday, in Wasilla on Thursday, at the Sears Mall parking lot in Anchorage on Friday and in Homer on Saturday. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at those locations.

Patrick Johnson says they will have fresh Alaska spot shrimp, Kodiak scallops in five sizes, gulf shrimp, frog legs, cold smoked salmon and Alaska king crab.


Look for loads of vendors at Monday's Mat-Su Farm Market at the Palmer Depot. The market is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Some of the vendor highlights include:

• The Alaskan Sourdough Bread Co. with a wide variety of breads, cookies, baklava, muffins and rolls.

•Alaska Sprouts with sprouts and hydroponic lettuces.

• Mellie's Jellies and Jams with some Alaska State Fair award-winning varieties, including blueberry and strawberry.

• Bushes Bunches with some storage crops -- including potatoes, pumpkins, turnips, beets and carrots -- and zucchini bread.

Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at


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