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Market Fresh: Alaska-grown wheat featured in bread at Anchorage farmers market

  • Author: Steve Edwards
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published June 24, 2014

Rise & Shine Bakery is back at the South Anchorage Farmers Market this week, and if your fresh-baked loaf tastes a little extra-special this week, there is a good reason.

Rise & Shine is now using Alaska-grown wheat as part of their loaves. The wheat is from VanderWeele Farms in the Valley.

"We'll be using about 30 percent Alaskan wheat in each loaf, because we can only substitute the home-ground portion of the wheat with the Alaskan wheat berries, which is about 30 percent of each loaf," says owner Alison Arians. "If we used all home-ground flour, the flour would all be fairly coarse and the bread wouldn't rise properly -- it would be like eating a doorstop. So we'll use the finely ground organic whole wheat flour from Outside to make up the rest of the flour."

While the Alaska-grown wheat isn't organic, Arians is happy to include it in the bread.

"In my opinion, (the wheat) is cleaner and healthier than any organic wheat from outside Alaska," she says. "Here's why: It's locally grown, it's not genetically modified, and the folks at VanderWeele Farms don't use pesticides. But it's not certified organic because they use commercial fertilizer."

Look for Alaskan potato, spent grain, toasted walnut, onion rye, dark chocolate and cherry, and fruited almond loaves on Saturday. Rise & Shine is baking every other week this summer, so after Saturday their next trip to the market is July 12.

Also look for Rempel Family Farm at the market with new items: cilantro, bok choy and basil. They also plan to have snow apple turnips, arugula, rhubarb, mint, green and purple mizuna, a variety of kales, radishes and several other items.

Bruce Hougan will be at the Earthworks Farm stand with green onions and honey in sampler-sized jars. He will also have the Abeille Alaska lineup of Alaska-grown beeswax and honey-based skin and body care products. Dee Barker will have the honey and body care items at the Alaska Botanical Garden's Boreal Garden & Arts Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. She will have a demonstration and talk at noon Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday about making natural cosmetics from the beehive and what the honey bees forage for in the Alaska garden.

Glacier Valley Farm will have the white turnips, English cucumbers, some strawberries and some zucchini. "You know summer has arrived when the zucchini makes its first appearance at the market; three cheers for summer," says owner Arthur Keyes.

Drool Central will be back at the market with treats and meals for dogs featuring Alaska grown vegetables, barley and Alaska fish. Also look for Arctic Choice with a variety of Alaska seafood among a full list of vendors.

Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers' Market

There is another midweek market to visit starting Wednesday.

The Northway Mall Farmers' Market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northway Mall on Penland Parkway.

Dinkel's Veggies is starting its season at the market. "We are limited on numbers right now so both days customers need to come early to start the season or we may be out of veggies," says Lesley Dinkel.

They will also be at the Saturday Anchorage Market and Festival.

Spenard Farmers Market

Look for some of the popular vendors to be back at the market.

Vendors include: Chugach Farm will have chard, kale, mixes greens, radishes, turnips, wild green pesto and garlic pepper vinegar; Glacier Seafoods will have Alaska spot shrimp among the seafood options; Ba-Lescas Brothers plan to have tomatoes, onions, vegetable blossoms, baby arugula, radishes, bok choy and kale; Wildrose Alaska Natural Harvests will have Valley honey; and Brown Dog Farm will be offering a sweet market spring mix, baby kale and arugula; Alaska Gourmet will have salmon, crab and scallops; Sweet Steel will have a combo booth with jumbo cookies and steel garden art by Cindy Shake; Denali Dreams will have handmade soap, salves, lip balms and body oils; Fishalicious will be offering Copper River smoked salmon sliders; and Carmen's Gelato will have artisan Gelato made from scratch with fresh organic fruit, milk and sugar.

Center Market

Alex Davis of A.D. Farm says things changing: "Things are starting to shape up on the farm. Friday we finished our first weeding of carrots; Monday ... the beets. We will have spinach at our market this Wednesday and every market from then on until it gives up some time in early fall."

And he offers a market-perfect meal too.

"If you are looking for a delight of a market experience come by on Wednesday to have La Grassa hand make your pasta noodles, then go to Alaska Vegan and Gluten free for spaghetti sauce and stop by my booth on your way out the door for Italian sausage. Don't forget the sprouts for a salad - can't have just spinach," Davis says.

In addition to the spinach and Italian sausage, Davis will have rhubarb, beets, potatoes, fresh eggs, barley products and a variety of pork cuts.

Country Health Foods will have Alaska honey, salsa, grass-fed beef and products from Alaska Sprouts.

Alaska Vegan & Gluten Free will have the spaghetti sauce Davis highlighted, but will also have its full lineup, including red lentil dahl, soups, red beans and wild brown rice, pico de gallo, bread and a bread ball along with other items.

Other vendors include Choose Food Wisely, Jonesers and La Grassa.


Monday: Mat-Su Farm Market, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,Palmer Depot

Wednesday: APU Farmers Market, 1:30-6:30 p.m., 4101 University Drive;Center Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Northway Mall Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northway Mall; Wasilla Farmers Market, near the Wasilla Public Library, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday: Peters Creek American Legion Post 33 Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., 21643 Old Glenn Highway

Saturday: Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 15th and Cordova in the Central Lutheran Church parking lot; Anchorage Market and Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Third Avenue between C and E streets; Center Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; South Anchorage Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Subway/Cellular One Sports Center at the corner of Old Seward Highway and O'Malley Road; Spenard Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spenard Road and 26th Avenue

Sunday: Anchorage Market and Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Third Avenue between C and E streets

Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at


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