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Get ‘mimed-up’ at Spenard Farmers Market

  • Author: Steve Edwards
  • Updated: July 25, 2017
  • Published July 25, 2017

It's mime time at the Spenard Farmers Market on Saturday.

"If you haven't heard the commotion about #MimeSpenard, then be sure to show up with your bicycle and helmet at 11 a.m. to participate in the Spenard Bike Nation Mime Ride," market manager Andrea Trent says. "Meet at the Spenard Farmers Market as early as 10 a.m. to get 'mimed-up.' This includes a complimentary striped shirt along with makeup experts who will make sure you are mime-ready to go!

"Join this mime parade of bikes and discover the fascinating and hidden spots that make up Spenard and learn about the history of this unique part of town from a Spenard expert who will be your guide."

It's a two-hour ride and helmets are required.

Look for Alaska-grown beef products at the market for the first time, Trent says. Four Tern Farm will sell ground beef, roast and steaks by the pound, as well as beef bones for dog treats. Produce will include arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumbers, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, salad and spring mix, spinach, squash, sweet onions, tomatoes, zucchini, rhubarb and berries. Farm vendors include Alaska Seeds of Change, Ba-Lescas Brothers, Brown Dog Farm, Chugach Farms, Dinkel's Veggies, Four Tern Farm and Midnight Sun Farm.

Other markets

Anchorage Farmers Market: Sarah Bean says the recent weather has been perfect for the crops.

"Last weekend's hot, sunny weather really made our crops jump out of the field," says Bean of the Arctic Organics fields. "We're seeing loads of zucchini, broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower and cabbage, along with a selection (of) new salad greens, like watercress, sorrel and radicchio."

Other vendors include Brown Dog Farm, Ed & Tina's Krauts & Pickles, Happy Valley Chickens' eggs, Mom's Garden, Seldovitsch Farm, Stockwell Farm, Sun Fire Ridge, Turkey Red Café breads and treats, Vang Family Farm and VanderWeele Farm.

Muldoon Farmers Market: The market will include a wide variety of vendors with spice mixes; baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan breads; crafts; and loads of produce, including sugar snap peas, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, turnips, salad mixes, radishes, rhubarb, kale, zucchini and herbs.

Mountain View Farmers Market: Market manager Mahdi Akal says Anchorage's diverse culture is reflected at the market "where you could find the freshest food that reflects the truest flavors of our diverse neighborhood, right from the farm!"

This week's vendors include Ba-Lescas Brothers, Fresh International Gardens, Seldovitsch Farm, Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, Cali's Smokey BBQ & Soulfood, Eva's Cupcake Bakery, Vang Family Garden, Hodge's Woodshop, Alaska Bug Bites, Wanda's Candy Apples, YWCA and the National Park Service.

Center Market: The vegetables are starting to really come in from the fields for Alex Davis too. He says his booth at all three Center Markets will have spinach, kale, strawberries, rhubarb, snow apples, salad mix, beet greens and Yukon gold potatoes. Pork products include thick-cut chops, chorizo, fajita meat, ground pork, sausage and other cuts. Davis also has eggs; live lettuce; and items from Alaska Sprouts, Alaska Flour Co., Evie's Brinery and Tonia's Biscotti.

Thankful Thursdays: Farm 779, Three Bears Farm and Country Health Foods will be at the Thursday market inside The Mall at Sears. Julie Meer says the Farm 779 booth will be fully stocked with Alaska vegetable blends and krauts, coconut kefirs, kombucha tea and body products crafted from the farm's apiary. Three Bears will have jam, basil and assorted fresh greens. Country Health Foods will have Alaska Sprouts items including sunflower, kale and radish sprouts.

South Anchorage Farmers Market: The South market will have plenty of options on both Wednesday and Saturday. Farm 779 will be at both markets.
On Saturday, look for a wide variety of produce, including new potatoes and cauliflower from Rempel Family Farm; coho, sockeye and king salmon, rockfish and halibut from Arctic Choice; and fresh-baked treats for dogs from Drool Central.

Northway Mall Wednesday Market: Dinkel's Veggies will be at the Northway Mall on Wednesday, along with the Wasilla Wednesday Market and multiple Saturday markets, including Spenard Farmers Market, Muldoon Farmers Market and Wasilla Lake. Veggies include green beans, green and yellow zucchini, tomatoes, new potatoes, sweet onions, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, leaf lettuce and pickling cucumbers.

Catch of the Season deadline extended

The Catch of the Season program featuring Bristol Bay sockeye salmon (highlighted in the last week's Market Fresh) has extended its ordering deadline until this Saturday. The packaged salmon fillets are between $10 and $12.50 per pound, depending on the market and the quantity of the fish. Order online at akmarine.org and choose a pickup site in Anchorage, the Valley, Fairbanks, Homer or Seward.

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

Local farmers markets

Monday in the Valley: Colony Farmers Market, noon-7 p.m., Palmer Depot

Tuesday outside of Anchorage: Eagle River Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Eagle River VFW Post; Farmers Fresh Market, 3-6 p.m., 33955 Community College Drive, Soldotna

Wednesday in Anchorage: APU Farmers Market, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 4225 University Drive; Center Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., The Mall at Sears, 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; South Anchorage Wednesday Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., near Dimond Center 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; 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., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street

Thursday outside of Anchorage: Peters Creek Farmers Market, 3-8 p.m., American Legion Post 33

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., 33 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 200

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., The Mall at Sears, Benson Boulevard and Denali Street; Fourth Avenue Indoor Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 33 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 200; Muldoon Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Begich Middle School; 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's 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., 33 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 200

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

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