It's been up-and-down fishing in Alaska waters recently.
Up: cod. Down: Southeast troll-caught king salmon.
"Fresh true cod fillets are the talk of the seafood world right now," said Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods. "These flaky white fish fillets are coming in all week and are available for $6.95 per pound. Also in house this week is fresh rockfish and dover sole fillets.
"Troll king salmon from Southeast have been tough to come by. We are hoping the stars align for us and we will have fresh troll kings by the end of the week."
Southall says the selection of fish from the warm waters has been great with fresh sushi-grade big eye tuna, swordfish and mahi mahi leading the pack.
Duane Clark says there is always something new at the Thankful Thursdays market inside The Mall at Sears.
This week, Denali Dog Treats is available at Clark's booth. Highlighted treats include peanut butter bacon, sweet potato salmon, apple carrot and bacon cheddar. "All of our treats are made with oat flour and contain no artificial preservatives," said owner Rock Reeds.
Clark says to look for fresh mushrooms from Far North Fungi and seafood from Alaska Fisherman Seafoods, including black cod fillets and smoked black cod, rockfish fillets, Pacific cod, spot shrimp, scallops, salmon fillets and smoked salmon. He also has salsa, jams, zucchini relish, local honey, birch syrup, potatoes, carrots, grass-fed beef and yak, along with locally raised pork.
After a week away for some educational classes, Julie Meer of Farm 779 returns to the market. "We had an intensely rewarding week of informative classes, hands-on instruction, along with research-and-development-focused time for our product lines," she said.
Farm 779 will have a wide variety of krauts and fermented blends, coconut kefirs, beet kvass, turmeric ginger and peony chaga kombucha, vegan-gluten free ketogenic compliant cacao chip cookies and body-care products.
"This week our words of wisdom for Farm 779 krauts and blends is this: Serve them all over a small amount of fresh pineapple, papaya, mango and avocado," Meer said. "It's easy to make a show-stopping salad by adding in our ferments atop your favorite greens, fruits or jasmine rice."
At the thrice-weekly Center Market, Alex Davis is breaking the midwinter blues by adding new items too.
This week, look for goose eggs and two varieties of dog treats — Skinny Pig and Belly Bites.
Of course, Davis will have many of his standard offerings, too, from pork cuts to storage vegetables and raspberry jam.
Veggies include four colors of carrots, green cabbage, red beets, golden beets and three types of potatoes. Pork cuts include loin roast, chops, fresh side sliced, ground pork, Italian sausage, spicy sausage, breakfast sausage, chorizo, fajita meat, ribs, roast, fat, bone, feet and hocks. He also has chicken eggs, apple butter and a variety of items from other vendors at his booth.
Rempel Family Farm will be at Saturday's market with 12 varieties of potatoes, jumbo pink banana squash, acorn squash, stripetti squash, red kuri squash, orange and purple carrots, parsnips, daikon radish, snow apple turnips, kohlrabi, four types of beets, green and purple cabbage and purple onions. The Rempels also have grass-fed yak meat.
Davis says these items or vendors will also be at the market: Alaska Flour Co.'s barley products; Alaska Sprouts with micro greens, sprouts, tofu and basil; Alaska Fisherman Seafood Direct with smoked black cod, shrimp, halibut and other seafood; Wild Child fermented salsa; Mosquito Mama balsamic vinegar; Doggy Decadence treats; Windy River Farm grass-fed beef, Northern Lights Mushrooms; Tonia's Biscotti; Evie's Brinery items, including krauts; Jonsers' hand-crafted nectars; and Alaska Seeds of Change.
Drool Central will be at Alaska K9 Aquatics, 549 W. International Airport Road, for a pop-up from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The menu includes crunchy treats and fresh-baked "pup pies" and "muttfins," owner Daisy Nicolas said.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at email@example.com.
Local farmers markets
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
Friday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 W. Fourth Ave.
Saturday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 W. Fourth Ave.
Sunday in Anchorage: Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 W. Fourth Ave.