Lacto-fermented foods. Dog treats. A taste of last autumn's harvest. Alaska-grown meats. Find those items and more at the mid-winter local farmers' markets.
For Julie Meer of Farm 779, it's always about the fermented foods. "Properly lacto-fermented whole foods are predigested powerhouse additions to a healthy, balanced diet," Meer says.
This week, Farm 779 has four varieties of coconut kefir, including regular, double thick, citrus and turmeric. Other fermented foods include krauts and vegetable blends, alongside fermented onions and citrus. "We're also well stocked with ketogenic-compliant cacao chip cookies… and coconut bacon," she says. "All vegan and gluten free."
Also look for kombucha teas and beet kvass, along with coconut base body products.
Duane Clark will have his booth full of Denali Dog Treats, local honey, honeycomb, birch syrup, jams, salsa, zucchini relish, potatoes and products from Alaska Sprouts. His seafood selection includes black cod, smoked black cod, sockeye salmon, Pacific cod, spot shrimp and scallops and Alaska potatoes.
Alex Davis of AD Farm will have a great taste of autumn with carrots in four colors, two varieties of beets and four types of potatoes. Davis is at all three Center Market days.
Rempel Family Farm is at the market on Saturdays only. But they bring a large supply of produce with them. The Rempels will have orange and purple carrots, parsnips, daikon radish, jumbo pink banana squash, acorn squash, stripetti squash, snow apple turnips, kohlrabi, four varieties of beets, green and purple cabbage, purple onions and 11 kinds of potatoes. They also have a selection of yak meat.
In addition to his storage crops, Davis will have chicken eggs, raspberry jam, pumpkin butter, apple butter and a wide variety of cuts from the AD Farm-raised pigs. Pork cuts include: chops, loin roast, fresh side sliced, ground pork, Italian sausage, spicy sausage, breakfast sausage, chorizo, fajita meat, ribs, roast, bone for broth, fat for rendering, feet and hocks. Davis also has dog treats from his pigs.
Davis says these items or vendors will also be at the market: Alaska Sprouts with micro greens, sprouts, tofu and basil; Alaska Fisherman Seafood Direct with smoked black cod, shrimp, halibut and other seafood; Alaska Flour Co.'s barley products; Alaska Seeds of Change; Far North Fungi; Wild Child fermented salsa; Mosquito Mama balsamic vinegar; Windy River Farm grass-fed beef; Tonia's Biscotti; Evie's Brinery items, including krauts; Jonsers' hand-crafted nectars; and Doggy Decadence treats.
Dee Barker from Earthworks Farm will be at all three markets with the farm's honey, its skin care products and chaga chunks for making tea. "We are introducing our new 'spa packs,' a sampler of our skin care and bath products," Barker says.
Williwaw Public Market
More than 20 local artists, crafters and artisans will gather 1-5 p.m. at the Williwaw Public Market. Daisy Nicolas of Drool Central will be among the vendors. Drool Central will have treats, snacks and meals for our canine friends.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.