The Super Bowl is one big party for the country; and it's come and gone. (Sorry, Patriots fans!) But there are plenty more celebratory opportunities on the horizon.
For seafood lovers, Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods says Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day are biggies.
"We are looking forward to two upcoming events, Mardi Gras and Valentine's," Southall says. "For Mardi Gras, we will have a range of Cajun country products available. As always, we will have fresh catfish pan ready as well as fillets. Tenderized alligator meat, alligator ribs, and turtle meat will also be available to celebrate Fat Tuesday on the 13th. To round out the party we will are taking preorders for either live or fresh boiled crawfish."
Southall says preorders need to be placed by Friday.
For Valentine's Day, 10th & M is focusing on live Atlantic lobsters. Southall says the lobsters average 1.5 pounds. Preorders need to be placed by Friday.
Julie Meer at Farm 779 says the recent windy weather might have some thinking about their battered skin.
"If your skin is windburned from last week, you'll want to indulge in our Lazy Mountain Gold skin care," she says. "A cooling, healing blend filled with minerals, trace minerals and an exquisite blend of essential oils blended with sustainable Farm 779 apiary offerings.
"We also have our popular new peony balm, along with staples of Rosemary Magnesium body butter, coconut facial and our very own Happy Cream. Exciting new choices for your valentine."
On the food front, Farm 779 quickly sold out of its Spring Clean ferment at last week's market. It's back again this week, but get there early. Other food items include a hot winter blend, krauts, fermented onions, fermented beets, beet kvass, triple-ferment kombucha tea and other tasty treats.
Duane Clark will have plenty of Denali Dog treats with him on Thursday "in recognition of the current and upcoming dog sled races throughout Alaska and other Arctic countries." For human snackers, Clark has sockeye salmon, black cod, spot shrimp and Pacific cod for a nice seafood selection along with salsa, jams, zucchini relish, local honey, birch syrup, grass-fed beef, pork and yak.
There are plenty of options to choose from at the Center Market on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Mall at Sears.
Monica's Confection Connection will help soothe the sweet tooth for all those in Valentine's Day prep mode at all three Center Markets. Monica Droz says to look for heart-shaped gummies, pink and white marshmallows (raspberry and vanilla), and several special fudges including dark chocolate salted caramel, red velvet, dark chocolate pecan and peanut butter explosion.
And Alex Davis will have his regular lengthy list of items at all three markets, including pork cuts, veggies and eggs. Davis says live lettuce and cabbage are part of his offerings this week.
Veggies include four colors of carrots, red beets, and four 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. Dog treats made from his pigs are also available, along with chicken eggs, apple butter and a variety of items from other vendors at his booth. He also has raspberry jam and apple butter.
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; Far North Fungi; Wild Child fermented salsa; Mosquito Mama balsamic vinegar; Doggy Decadence treats; Windy River Farm grass-fed beef; Tonia's Biscotti; Evie's Brinery items, including krauts; Jonsers' hand-crafted nectars; and Alaska Seeds of Change.
Valentines for the pups (and people too)
Daisy Nicolas is having an "early Valentine celebration" for the dogs and their human friends from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Spice & Tea Exchange, 10950 O'Malley Centre Drive. "I am treating my customers to a freshly-brewed tea and homemade pastries," Nicolas says. "Meanwhile, the pups will have their usual favorites and a new product, Sweet Potato Nugget, which is dried organic sweet potato without artificial preservatives, flavorings or seasonings or colorings."
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.