From fresh and local produce to live music and homemade crafts, markets are a great way to experience the best Alaska has to offer. Here are some of Anchorage’s most prolific and diverse markets:
15th Avenue and Cordova Street; open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through Oct. 15
The Anchorage Farmers Market sets up in the parking lot of Central Lutheran Church near Fairview. It’s a farmer-directed nonprofit with the purpose of bringing more Alaska Grown products to Anchorage residents. Products range throughout the season from dahlias to honey to fresh produce like sugar snap peas, carrots and potatoes.
E Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (Town Square Park); open Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 11
ANC Market Social is a new initiative from the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse. It’s a downtown market and street fair “for locals, by locals.” Every Sunday, Humpy’s sets up its beer garden in Town Square Park and vendors set up shop. There’s food, drink, live music and plenty of products to browse.
Dimond Center parking lot; open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 11
The Anchorage Market is open every weekend, all summer. Vendors have fresh produce as well as arts and crafts, local goods and so much more. The Anchorage Market is all about variety, and it’s easy to find in the Dimond Center parking lot.
Old Seward Highway and O’Malley Road (Subway Sports Centre parking lot); open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through Oct. 1
Dimond Center parking lot; open Wednesdays,10 a.m.-4 p.m., starting July 6 through Sept. 28
The South Anchorage Farmers Market starts early, but once the season is fully underway, it’ll expand to make it easy for everyone to buy local, fresh and organic. Starting in July, the South Anchorage Farmers Market will be running a Wednesday market at the Dimond Center in addition to the Saturday southside location.
900 Benson Blvd. (at Seward Highway intersection); open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., starting July 6 through Oct. 1
This market features plenty of produce and vendors with the motto of “bringing food, fun and freshness to Midtown Anchorage.” It can either be accessed northbound on the Seward Highway or eastbound on Benson Boulevard.
Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot; open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through Sept. 24
The Spenard Farmers Market sets up under the windmill in the Koot’s parking lot every Saturday morning. At the Spenard market, don’t be surprised if you find live music and an abundance of creativity from food and produce vendors.
Inside the Midtown Mall; open Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., year-round
The Center Market is open inside the Midtown Mall all year, selling fresh, Alaska Grown produce as well as handmade crafts and local products.
Chanshtnu Muldoon Park; open Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., through Sept. 24
The Muldoon Farmers Market, or “the market by the mountains,” takes over Chanshtnu Muldoon Park at 1301 Muldoon Road, at DeBarr, every Saturday.
3601 Mountain View Drive; open Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m., through September
Grow North is Anchorage’s urban farm, and the farmstand provides a market for fresh produce and emerging food businesses in Mountain View. It is open on weekday afternoons, and vendors take turns selling global cuisine every Thursday afternoon.
8100 Starview Drive; open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through September
The Pena Park Market features authentic foods, goods and produce. Hmong and Fijian food vendors offer specialties like pork belly, sticky purple rice, egg rolls, fried bananas, papaya salads and more. There are also barbecue stands, greens and produce for sale at the market as well as Filipino goods.
ANTHC Farm Stand
3900 Ambassador Dr., in the parking lot next to the pond southwest of the Alaska Native Medical Center hospital; Wednesdays, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., through September
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Farm Stand features vegetables that are grown at the Alaska Pacific University’s Spring Creek Farm. Cash, credit cards and WIC are accepted.
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