Spenard Farmer's Market

"That Down-Home Funky Feeling of Belonging!" -AK on the GO
The 2015 Spenard Farmers Market is every Saturday, from May 16th through September 26, under the windmill in Spenard, Alaska at W. 26th and Spenard Road. The market hours are from 9-2.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Building a Sense of Community Under the Windmill

ROB KINNEEN, Alaskan Chef will be at the Spenard Farmer's Market Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

A Farmers Market creates a vibrant public gathering place that builds community pride and spirit by bringing together a cross-section of the residents within the community and enjoying the shared experiences of the setting. We appreciate your continued support of the Spenard Farmer’s Markets and it’s many changing, dedicated and talented vendors! Our Market is located in the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot at the corner of West 26th and Spenard Road every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm through Oct. 1, and would not be possible without the generous support of Chilkoot’s, our ALL VOLUNTEER “staff” and the over 45 vendors who set up every Saturday morning!

Last week at the Sustainable Spenard Day at the SFM, courtesy of Chugach Electric Association
and Anchorage Municipal Light & Power, we gave away about 300 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Nick Horras, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Specialist at Chugach talked to lots of people about ways to save energy. Nick reports that if each of the 300 CFLs we distributed replaced one 60 watt incandescent bulb, the annual savings would be $3,558 total (given an average usage of 5 hours per day). If all 300 bulbs lasted 5 years, total savings would be $17,793 (given $0.13 per kWh), an average savings of $59.31 per bulb. Not bad!

Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 2pm is International Day at the Spenard Farmer’s Market. With loads of produce being picked and hot food vendors and multi-cultural artisans
lined up we’re celebrating the cultural diversity of our community along with our market vendors and the fresh, local foods that they offer. Many of our farmers and growers will have globally inspired but locally grown foods. Music will be provided by Paul Cataldo http://www.paulcataldo.com/fr_home.cfm.

CHEF ROB KINNEEN, Alaskan Chef http://www.fresh49.com will be demonstrating a locally sourced dish from the days market selections from Gordon Scott’s Alaska Spot Shrimp, Northern Light’s Oyster Company, Glacier Valley Farms, Chugach Farms and Matanuska Creamery with an international flair on Saturday from 9-2. Rob is a chef that prides himself on using local ingredients. He is currently developing a webisode Series, FRESH ALASKA, and a line of Alaskan inspired sauces reinforcing the importance of SOURCING LOCALLY. Look for Chef Rob Kinneen’s recipes on the Spenard Farmer’s Market web site spenardfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Artisan and grower
Susan Farrell will offer Chocolate Mint plants and Susan Miller will be picking fresh Strawberries for lucky early morning market customers. Chugach Farm will have fresh, local, organic veggies and herbal products. Allie and Jed Workman will be offering kale, collards, lettuce, turnips, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, bunching onions, radishes, and herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, oregano). Also look for blueberry basil vinegar, gluten free baked goods, healing balm salve, and nutrient dense smoothie powder. Mike Nakada of Northern Lights Oyster Company will be harvesting fresh Alaska Oysters from the cool, clean waters of Jackaloff Bay outside of Homer. These commercially grown Oysters are tested weekly for their pureness and certified by the state of Alaska. Gordon Scott on the VF/Early Times will be pulling into the Whittier harbor with a load of Alaska Spot Shrimp. Arthur Keyes of Glacier Valley Farms will be bringing “the nicest crop of zucchini I have ever grown!” From Bonnie Scherer’s Boutique and Gardens will be lots of fresh cut, gorgeous lilies and assorted other stems with which customers can create their own floral bouquets.

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