Daisy Nicolas has been making local canines happy for years — selling treats and meals made from Alaska products at farmers markets and pop-up locations.
On Saturday, she's celebrating autumn with a Pupsicle Eating Contest at her South Anchorage Farmers Market booth. "I'm in the business of making dogs happy and healthy," Nicolas says.
The pupsicle is a fresh-frozen homemade treat with wild Alaska salmon broth created from salmon skin and bones. The winner in a three-dog race wins a Probiotic Fido treat, featuring blueberries or Alaska-grown beets, coconut flour and goat kefir. Eat a pupsicle, win a cookie. It's good to be a dog!
"What better way to quench a pup's market trip than a homemade wild Alaska salmon broth from its bones and skins?" Nicolas says.
Of course, the South Anchorage market has plenty of options for the non-canines too.
Barbara Landi says the "market is a landslide of everything, plus flowers — now more dahlias, sunflowers and cabbage kale flowers.
"(We're) just beginning to see the first Brussels sprouts. Three Bears farm sells the top leaf florets of Brussels sprouts, which taste just like the sprouts when cooked. Sweet Caribou will be back now that the state fair is over."
Rempel Family Farm will have a wide variety of veggies, along with yak meat. Veggies include carrots, green beans, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, lettuces and lots of herbs.
Alex Davis of AD Farm says "my wife was busy this weekend." What that means for shoppers is a large selection of jams — strawberry, red currant, black current, white current, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry.
Davis also has plenty of vegetables and a large selection of pork cuts, along with eggs, apple butter, and items from Alaska Sprouts, Alaska Flour Co., Windy River Farm and Evie's Brinery.
Veggies include orange and white carrots, salad mix, kale, kohlrabi, snow peas, red and green romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, Yukon gold and German butterball potatoes, zucchini and rhubarb. Pork cuts include loin roast, chops, ground pork, sausage and lots of other selections.
Anchorage Farmers Market
Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics says the recent weather has been good for the carrot crop and this week "they will appear as adult-sized carrots." No more baby carrots.
Arctic Organics is adding magic Myrna and Yukon gold potatoes to their lineup, which includes beets with greens, green and red cabbage, celery, fennel, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, kohlrabi, mustard greens, collards, kale, spinach, greens mix, leaf lettuces and plenty of herbs.
Other vendors include Brown Dog Farm, Happy Valley Chickens' eggs, Mom's Garden, Persistent Farmer, Seldovitsch Farm, Shaggy Mane Shroomery, Stockwell Farm, Sun Fire Ridge, Turkey Red Café breads and treats, VanderWeele Farm and Vang Family Garden.
Muldoon Farmers Market
Jerrianne Lowther says the market is "seeing more new potato varieties in interesting colors and shapes — yellow-fleshed German butterballs and Yukon golds, red-skinned Pontiacs and Purple Vikings, purple Mollies and blues and all types of whites — rounds, fingerlings, 'peanut' potatoes.
"Find old favorites and try some that are new. Bake, boil, fry, mash or roast potatoes, or combine them with other veggies in soups and stews. Winter squash and big cabbages are showing up now, too."
Among the vendors at the market is Dinkel's Veggies (also at the Northway Mall on Wednesday, Spenard and the Anchorage Market and Festival) with a new crop of zucchini, carrots, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
Vendors this week include Duane Clark, Farm 779, Elderberry Essentials and Harvest Point Farm with a variety of items including grass-fed beef, salsas, honey, vegetables — including salad mix and cucumbers — syrups and gummies made from elderberries, and vegan and gluten free items, including kvass, kefirs and fermented veggies.
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., 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, 3-7 p.m., 21426 Old Glenn Highway, Chugiak
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., 15th 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