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Mushrooms, honey, young succulent carrots at this week’s markets

The farmers' fields are producing bountifully and it's time for farmers' market shoppers to benefit. Here is what's happening at local farms:

"Every time I walk the field there is more to pick," says Alex Davis of AD Farm and the Center Market.

From Dee Barker of Earthworks Farm: "This week we will have our first gourmet honey jars of the season. Usually, I harvest at the end of August, but we've decided to change our usual regimen to begin the harvest now."

"At Muldoon Farmers Market, new carrots appeared—and quickly disappeared—last week. Look for more, and larger, carrots this week," says Jerrianne Lowther.

South Anchorage Farmers Market Barbara Landi says onions and beautiful Romanesco cauliflower are on offer.

"There was a spattering of them both last week, but this week there will be lots more. Onions are not huge yet but will enlarge every week."

Barker of Earthworks Farm says the earlier-than-usual honey harvest is "predominantly wildflower honey since the bulk of it was collected before our cultivated flowers began to open."  Earthworks also will have some early carrots.

"These are young succulent carrots—great to eat raw or add to your favorite veggie dish. We also offer true 'mini' beets, broccolini and bunches of big red but
not woody radishes. The flowers are beginning to pop, also. We'll have lovely scented 'stock' flowers, deep burgundy, lemony and golden-colored sunflowers and bright cosmos among the flower selections offered."

Rempel Family Farm will have bagged carrots and for the first time of the year sugar snap peas. Other veggies include tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, a variety of zucchini, chard, cabbage, radishes, kales, herbs and more.

Far North Fungi’s new lion’s mane mushroom. (Photo provided by Far North Fungi)

Far North Fungi will unveil a new specialty mushroom—lion's mane. "Lion's mane has a mild lobster flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth, meaty texture," says co-owner Allison Dunbar. "It is best shredded and cooked in butter until golden brown."

Far North Fungi will also have its signature blue oyster mushroom and medicinal mushroom tinctures.

Arctic Choice says the fresh side stripe shrimp season is starting to wind down, so it's time to stock up.

Spenard Farmers Market

Mark Butler says seven farmers will be at the market with "strong quantities of the valley's finest produce."

Among the items to look for include arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, cucumbers, fennel, field greens, kale, lettuces, onions, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips and zucchini.

Butler says Chugach Electric will be at the market highlighting ways to save electricity, along with Prince William Sound shrimp, doughnuts, picked veggies and other items.

Mountain View Farmers Market

A new vendor—Kai's Kakes, Bakes—joins the market along with the regular vendors, including Vang Family Farm, Black Bear Farms, Fresh International Gardens and Seldovitch Farm.

Among the produce is salad mix, turnips, perilla, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, peas, radishes, chives, kale, chard, fermented and pickled products, spice blends, rhubarb cake, cookies and muffins.

Muldoon Farmers Market

Lowther says highlights include "peonies from Homer, local honey and fresh eggs from Anchorage Urban Farms, and vegan fruit pies, cinnamon rolls and bagels from Home-Baked Delights."

Other vendors include Dinkel's Veggies with zucchini, lettuce, cabbage, new potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, sweet onions, pickling cucumbers and more; Vang's Family Farm; Subba Gardens; and Fresh International Gardens.

Thankful Thursdays

Farm 779 is bringing back some favorites—peony chaga kombucha and caraway carrot kraut.

"Pop a little of this (kraut) into a portabella mushroom cap and you have a beautiful vegan Reuben slider with a satisfying crunch," Julie Meer says. Meer says the booth will have plenty of other kraut options, coconut kefirs and both beet kvass and fermented beets. Farm 779 is also at the South Anchorage Farmers
Market.

Duane Clark will have new honey and first-of-the-year tomatoes, as well as a huge selection of greens, grass-fed beef and yak, and birch syrup.

Center Market

Davis says his produce haul includes purple cauliflower, red and green romaine lettuce, zucchini, pool ball zucchini, chard, salad mix, baby beets and kale.

Other items include a huge selection of pork cuts, eggs, raspberry jam, and items from Alaska Sprouts, Alaska Flour Co., Mosquito Mama and Windy River Farm's grass-fed beef.

Local farmers markets

Wednesday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Midtown Mall, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Farmers Market at Airport Heights, 3-7 p.m., 2530 E. 16th Ave.; Northway Mall Wednesday Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Northway Mall

Wednesday outside of Anchorage: Highway's End Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Delta Junction; Homer Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m., Ocean Drive; Soldotna Wednesday Market, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Soldotna Creek Park; Tanana Valley Farmer's Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2600 College Road, Fairbanks; Wasilla Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Iditapark

Thursday in Anchorage: Mountain View Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., 3543 Mountain View Drive; Thankful Thursdays market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Midtown Mall, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street Thursday outside of Anchorage: Peters Creek Farmers Market, 3-8 p.m., American Legion Post 33

Friday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Midtown Mall, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 W. Fourth Ave.

Saturday in Anchorage: Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 15 th Avenue and Cordova Street;

Anchorage Market and Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Third Avenue between C and E streets; Center Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Midtown Mall, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 W. Fourth Ave.; Muldoon Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 1301 Muldoon Road; South Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., O'Malley Sports Center; Spenard Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 2555 Spenard Road

Saturday outside of Anchorage: Highway's End Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Delta Junction; Homer Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ocean Drive; Kenai Saturday Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center; Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., East Corral Avenue and Kenai Spur Highway; Tanana Valley Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2600 College
Road, Fairbanks

Sunday in Anchorage: Anchorage Market and Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Third Avenue between C and E streets; Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 333 W. Fourth Ave. Sunday outside of Anchorage: Tanana Valley Farmer's Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2600 College Road, Fairbanks.

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