Farmer's market addicts never know exactly what they'll find.
This week at the Center Market, Alaska Vegan & Gluten Free adds to its lineup of items. Kristin Donaldson is offering two new items: stone-baked bread and a fresh salad with hemp seed dressing that she says "tastes better than the richest ranch dressing."
As for the bread: "It will be a nice loaf of bread that my customers can slice themselves. I think it's more romantic that way. Great for sammies."
Donaldson's regular items include: cupcakes, spaghetti sauce, split pea soup, carrot ginger soup, roasted beets and sweet potato soup, red beans and brown rice with pico de gallo, fresh pico de gallo and corn chips.
Other vendors scheduled at the market include A.D. Farm, Country Health Foods and Drool Central.
Daisy Nicolas of Drool Central says she'll have Valentine Special TPL (True Puppy Love) Gift Boxes for $10. The box includes $20 worth of dog treats. She'll also have treat pouches and a variety of other treats and foods for pets.
Alex Davis' A.D. Farm will have many of the same items as previous weeks, including a large selection of pork products. He will have pork chops, pork steaks, fresh side, ground pork, breakfast sausage patties, spicy sausage, Italian sausage, sliced liver, hocks and fat. For vegetables, Davis will have three carrots in three colors, three varieties of beets, French fingerling potatoes, peanut potatoes, all blue potatoes and German butterball potatoes. He will also have fresh eggs.
The Center Market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays inside The Mall at Sears.
FROM THE SEA
John Jackson at New Sagaya Markets says it's "been quiet so far this year in the seafood world. We have been seeing some troll kings come through but they have been far and in between for sure."
He says that good looking fresh cod fillets are one of the best choices in January. "For value, Alaskan cod is one of our best choices this time of the year, at $6.99 per pound, it is less than half the price of halibut and it is fresh."
They also have Alaska golden king crab at $15.99 per pound, along with plenty of live animals including Atlantic lobsters, Manila clams, Alaska oysters and Pacific oysters. On the exotic front, the stores will have fresh tuna, marlin and spear fish from Hawaii and some fresh mahimahi from Costa Rica. Poki is $9.99 per pound.
Johnson Seafood will have their Alaska seafood available in the Anchorage area Wednesday to Saturday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they will be at The Mall at Sears parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will be on Tudor Road across from the Tozier Track.
They will have three sizes of Kodiak scallops, a limited supply of Alaska side stripe shrimp, cold smoked Alaska salmon, king crab from Dutch Harbor and wild gulf shrimp.
BREAD FOR THE TABLE
Rise & Shine Bakery will be baking for delivery Jan. 22. Start ordering Thursday. For more information, visit www. riseandshinebread.com .
Breads available include 100 percent whole wheat toasted seed, onion rye sourdough, and raisin and toasted pecan hearth loaves, along with 100 percent whole grain Alaska potato and spent grain pan loaves.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
By STEVE EDWARDS
Daily News correspondent