Wintertime farmers market options are expanding this week.
Duane Clark of Duane's Top Shelf Artisan Market is debuting the Thankful Thursdays market this week indoors at the Mall at Sears. It joins the Center Market in the same location — between the two there will be indoor markets in Midtown Anchorage on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
"This is a fun and trendy new market with new winter vendors from your favorite summer markets," Clark said. "(Vendors) need a place to come in from the weather and the other markets are filled. I thought: Why not give them a day and a place?
"We have more vendors in the queue awaiting the permitting process. We expect to dovetail nicely with the existing market at the mall by offering shoppers additional choices and a reason to check out the mall on Thursdays."
Clark, who says interested vendors should contact him at 907-355-8432, will be at the market with grass-fed beef and yak, vegetables, salsa, jams and zucchini relish.
Among the other vendors lined up for the initial Thankful Thursdays are Steele Griz BBQ Sauces, Non-Essentials, the Spice and Tea Exchange, Drool Central, Farm 779 and L Cheapo Card Co.
Farm 779 is moving from Wednesdays to Thursdays at the mall and Julie Meer said they will be featuring a new turmeric kefir reduction. She said it's "packed with healthy MCT fats and lacto-fermented to perfection and is a great choice for the season of carb-overload." Farm 779 also has its regular coconut kefirs, krauts, kvass, kombucha, perfect snack, Kracklin Kamut and body products.
The Spice & Tea Exchange, which has a storefront next to FireTap Alehouse in South Anchorage, is joining the market with an assortment of loose leaf teas, custom blended fall spices like Mulling Mix and Pumpkin Pie Spice, smoked salts and recipe bundles with attached ingredients like our Espresso Walnut Pie.
Daisy Nicolas of Drool Central is featuring treats and meals for canine companions. Nicolas said this week's highlights are her Chicken Muttfins and Fish Chips. L Cheapo Card Co. offers Alaska-themed greeting cards.
The indoor market continues on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
La Grassa will be at both markets with a variety of pasta items, including vegan basil strozzapreti; Alaska golden beet, goat cheese and almond ravioli; mushroom and ricotta ravioli; vegan sweet potato and cashew ricotta ravioli; and organic original and spinach hand-cut noodles.
Catherine's Cupcakes will have a variety of gourmet cupcakes available at both markets. This week, the cupcake shop is featuring Purple Carrot Cake, made with purple carrots from AD Farm, pineapple, raisins and cream cheese frosting. Other cupcakes include salted caramel, classic vanilla and chocolate sundae.
Alex Davis of AD Farm will have his regular items at both markets, but he's bringing goat meat too. Davis will have goat roast, chops, ground goat and soup bones. Davis will also have a large selection of pork, including chops, bratwurst, loin roast, fresh side, ground pork, Italian sauce, breakfast sausage patties, ribs, bones, fat and other items. His vegetables include kohlrabi, beets, carrots, a variety of potatoes, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Davis has eggs, jams, Alaska Sprouts and Alaska Flour Co. items.
Monica's Confection Connection will be at Wednesday's market with a selection of brittles, including Holiday Spice Brittle, along with gourmet caramels and gummies.
In addition to his own market on Thursday, Clark will have grass-fed beef and yak, vegetables, salsa, jams and zucchini relish at Wednesday's Center Market too.
On Saturday, Rempel Family Farm will return to the market with a large selection of vegetables. Veggie highlights include organic orange and purple carrots, red and green cabbage, Snow Apple turnips, daikon radishes, red and golden beets, parsnips, eight varieties of winter squash and at least 10 kinds of potatoes. Also look for a "refreshed selection" of grass and organic-veggie fed yak, Mark Rempel said.
Order veggies for pickup
Arctic Organics has helped keep the vegetables flowing all summer long at the Anchorage Farmers Market and through its Community Supported Agriculture co-op. Both of those are done for the season, but Sarah Bean said they still have loads of veggies in storage.
"The vegetables we have tucked away in cold storage are available by special order while supplies last," she said.
The current storage crops include carrots, potatoes, kale, collards, green tomatoes, red and green cabbage, beets, turnips, rutabagas and kohlrabi. Sign up for the farm's weekly email, which highlights what is available. Place an order by Tuesday in advance of Wednesday delivery at two Anchorage locations, and various highway exits between Palmer and Anchorage. Visit arcticorganics.com/winter-special-orders for additional details.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at email@example.com.
Local farmers markets
Monday in the Valley: Colony Farmers Market, noon-6 p.m., 610 S. Valley Way, Palmer
Wednesday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street
Thursday in Anchorage: Thankful Thursdays market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street
Saturday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street