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Fill the freezer with coho, decorate with dahlias, stock up on Alaska carrots and potatoes

  • Author: Steve Edwards
  • Updated: September 25, 2018
  • Published September 25, 2018

Farmers market carrots. (Julia O’Malley / ADN)

This week, it's au revoir to more farmers markets. And the Alaska Marine Conservation Council's Catch 49 is promoting that it's time to "fill the freezers" with some of the last salmon of the season.

For fans of the Muldoon Farmers Market and the Spenard Farmers Market, this Saturday is your last chance to visit. Jerrianne Lowther says of the Muldoon market: "Last chance to fill up your freezer, fridge or canning jars with fresh fall produce."

Other markets:

Anchorage Farmers Market: Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics says they are keeping busy on the farm and "making good progress through the carrot and potato fields, squirreling the surplus away for winter!"

At the market this week, look for several varieties of potatoes, including Yukon gold, magic Myrna, magic Molly, yellow Finn and others; apples; Brussels sprouts; carrots in a variety of colors and available bunched or loose; beets; cabbage; celery; tomatoes; greens; lettuces; herbs; and other produce.

Other vendors include The Persistent Farmer with dahlia blooms, Brown Dog Farm, Happy Valley Chickens' eggs, Mom's Garden, Seldovitsch Farm, Stockwell Farm, Sun Fire Ridge, Turkey Red Café breads and treats, VanderWeele Farm and Vang Family Garden.

Farmers market tomatoes and strawberries. (Julia O’Malley / ADN)

Thankful Thursdays: Julie Meer of Farm 779 says this week's market "features the bounty of the season." Notice a theme as harvest time continues? Items from the field include tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, microgreens, carrots and more from Harvest Point Farms and Country Health Foods. Other items include honey, beef, yak, seafood, salsa, elderberry syrups and plenty of fermented foods.

Center Markets: Alex Davis of AD Farm has cuts of pork; eggs (chicken, duck, turkey and Guinea); produce, including greens, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, potatoes, beets and zucchini; honey; and a variety of items from other Alaska producers like Alaska Sprouts and Alaska Flour Co.

South Anchorage Farmers Markets: Barbara Landi says that "in addition everything else, now the Brussels sprouts and winter squash are taking center stage. Lots of big fat sprouts, and many pumpkins and winter squash. John Dart from Fairbanks will be at the Saturday market with a truckload of long-keeping winter squash."

The Wednesday market near the Dimond Center Hotel features several vendors, including The Persistent Farmer with dahlia blooms.

Northway Mall: Dinkel's Veggies will be at the mall Wednesday "still going strong" with carrots, tomatoes, beans and zucchini, "all grade A," Lesley Dinkel says. The Dinkels also have Alaska-grown pumpkins in addition to cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes and strawberries.

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council's Catch 49 program is featuring Copper River coho salmon as the summer fishing days draw to a close.

The coho are available in 8- to 10-ounce portions, vacuum sealed, flash frozen and ready to pop into the freezer. This year's Copper River coho are being caught by two lifelong Cordovans, Hayley Hoover and Tyee Lohse. Learn more about them and place an order at catch49.org.

Also available through Catch 49 are black cod and red king crab legs.

Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at akmarketfresh@gmail.com.

Local farmers markets

Wednesday in Anchorage: Center Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Midtown Mall, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Northway Mall Wednesday Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Northway Mall; South Anchorage Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dimond Center Mall near the Dimond Hotel

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; 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: 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

Saturday in Anchorage: Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 15th Avenue and Cordova Street; Center Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Midtown Mall, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; 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; Tanana Valley Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2600 College Road, Fairbanks

Sunday outside of Anchorage: Tanana Valley Farmer's Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2600 College Road, Fairbanks

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