It's time to plan your summer fishing trips - even if you don't like fishing.
Alaskans Own Community Supported Fishery will handle all the fishing, cleaning and packaging. All you have to do is pick it up, cook it and enjoy it.
Alaskans Own CSF started five years ago in Sitka. The CSF provides a monthly delivery of recently caught fish to subscribers. The delivery will vary depending on the month. Deliveries are available in Sitka, Juneau and, for the second year, Anchorage.
"Subscribers of Alaskans Own CSF can expect to receive consistently high quality, portioned, vacuum-sealed and deep frozen seafood that has been caught and processed locally in Southeast Alaska by fishermen who live in Southeast Alaska," says Erin Fulton, program coordinator at the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, the parent organization of Alaskans Own CSF. "We work with roughly two dozen different fishermen who live and work in Southeast; each and every fish that we bring to our subscribers can be traced back to the fisherman who caught it. Every subscriber will get king, coho, rockfish, lingcod, blackcod and halibut each season, and will have the option to purchase additional 'bonus boxes' that are offered throughout the season."
Subscriptions are either four or six months, beginning in May. The deadline to subscribe is the end of April.
Six-month subscriptions are $820 for 60 pounds, or $433 for a 30-pound half-subscription. Deliveries are May through October. Four-month subscriptions are $560 for 40 pounds and $300 for 20 pounds.
Full details are available at www.alaskansown.com.
"For a state that is so rich in seafood, the vast majority of the seafood caught in Alaska is shipped out of state or out of country," Fulton says. "We're looking to keep more of that seafood in-state, and the money associated with that seafood in the small local economies of Southeast.
"For more and more people, not only what they're eating is important, but where it came from, how it was produced and who harvested it is important to them. Alaskans Own provides high quality seafood harvested right here in Alaska practicing responsible and sustainable fishing practices by fishermen who have a real passion and pride in the fish they catch and the amazing communities in which they live."
The first pick-up in Anchorage is the last Wednesday of May at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 E. Tudor Road.
Expect a full lineup of vendors at the market inside the Mall at Sears. The Center Market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This Saturday is the last Saturday market until summer.
• Alaska Vegan & Gluten Free will offer roasted beets and sweet potato soup, carrot ginger soup, tomato vegetable lentil soup, chunky split pea soup, red lentil dahl, 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.
• Country Health Foods will have with Alaska seafood, grass-fed beef, local free-range chicken, Alaska Sprouts and local honey.
• Drool Central will have locally made dog treats and food, created with Alaska fish and many Alaska-grown vegetables.
• Monica's Confection Connection will have a variety of brittles, including buttery cashew and jalapeno brittle.
• Earthworks Farm offers Abeille Alaska beeswax and honey body care items. They will have a holiday special on lip balm and lotion bars. They will also be at the Mall at Sears on Saturday as part of the Spring Garden Show.
• A.D. Farm will have fresh eggs, barley products, carrots, beets, potatoes and plenty of pork items, including fresh ground pork, roast and skin.
Mat-Su Farm Market
The weekly market is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Palmer Depot.
New this week is Louise's Farm School, which offers farm-based classes for children ages 5 to 15. Check out their booth at the market for information about the school with a focus on teaching through hands-on activities and nourishing healthy lifestyles with locally produced food.
In addition, many of the regular vendors will be back at the market with baked good, including gluten-free items; Alaska-grown sprouts and fresh microgreens; goat milk soap; quail, chicken and duck eggs; storage crops including beets, carrots, turnips and potatoes; jelly and jams; smoked salmon; and several vendors with hand-crafted items.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at email@example.com.
By STEVE EDWARDS
Daily News correspondent