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.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Saturday, August 31 is Fresh Caught (and Bought!) Under the Windmill at the Spenard Farmers Market!

The Spenard Farmers Market will host the Fresh Caught (and Bought!) Under the Windmill digital photo contest. Take a photo of your Spenard Farmers Market bounty, or what delicious fresh foods you have prepared with your purchases from under the windmill. 

The winner of the digital photo contest will win $25 in tokens for the market, 2 additional photographers will each win a Spenard Farmers Market gift set. All winners will be featured on the Spenard Farmers Market Website! Photos must be submitted to spenardfarmersmarket@gmail.com by Thursday, September 5th at 5:00 pm. 

Under the windmill Alaska Gourmet will have fresh caught Halibut and fresh, never frozen sweet Alaska King Crab. Gordon Scott from Glacier Seafoods reports the Alaska Spot Shrimp he’s been pulling up this week from Prince William Sound are larger than average and will be perfect on skewers for a Labor Day weekend barbecue (see recipe below). For fresh caught, hot off the grill and ready-made, Fishalicious will be cooking Copper River Smoked Salmon Sliders on Saturday. Other vendor highlights include Fiery Arts Studio/Midnight Sun Farm, golden Alaska honey, plump red raspberries, kholrabi, and Blue Scotch kale. Roo's Garden has original seasoned salt, lavender sugar, and even rosemary shampoo! P&M Garden Services will feature a variety of greenhouse herbs, English cucumbers, lovely, fragrant jasmine and other hardy houseplants. Chugach Farms will be harvesting purple cauliflower, broccoli, peas, in Chickaloon and be making fresh batches of pesto, herb salt, herb vinegars, kombucha for Saturday. Black Bear Farms has grown flavorful and HUGE zucchini that are the size of small babies! Glacier Valley Farm is hoping their big beets will be ready and will for sure have carrots, and their very own variety of sweet salad onions. Spring Creek Farm will have fresh fennel, and summer squash. Wildrose Alaska Natural Harvest will have a large selection of pepper jellies, wild berry vinaigrettes, wild berry breads, and lavender plants. Brown Dog Farm will also offer beets (with nutrient packed greens), carrots, and Rainbow Swiss Chard. Be-Lescas Brothers will have celery, four kinds of beans, and sugar snap peas which are perfect for canning. Dinkel's Veggies will have a table full of vine-ripened tomatoes and tubs of red and Yukon Gold potatoes –perfect for baking this weekend!

Spicy Spenard Spots for the Barbie
Alaska Spot Shrimp are prized for their sweet delicate flavor and firm texture that make them perfect to skewer and grill on the barbecue. This recipe calls for sweet onions and peppers but you can also use other favorite grilling veggies including eggplant or summer squash.

-1/2 cup canola oil
-1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
-3 tablespoons chili sauce
-2 tablespoons cider vinegar
-1 tablespoon soy sauce
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/2 teaspoon ginger
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 teaspoon ground course pepper
-Salt to taste
-1 sweet white onion, quartered
-1 green or red pepper, quartered and cut into large chunks
-1 pound uncooked large Alaska Spot Shrimp, peeled and deveined

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine all ingredients (except onion, pepper and shrimp) and shake. Add shrimp, turn and coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drain and discard marinade. On metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternate threading shrimp, onion and pepper. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink, turning once. Serve this sassy flavored shrimp over rice or a bed of seasoned, shredded cabbage.

The Spenard Farmers Market is Anchorages only all volunteer-led Market offering a culturally rich mixture of vendors. Along with over 45 friendly vendors and community service booths, special events and musicians entertain each Saturday from May 18 - September 28 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Chilkoot Charlie’s windmill lot on Spenard Road between W. 25th and W. 26th Avenues. Only eligible vendors who meet strict criteria and fall under three vendor categories of “Alaska Grown/Caught,” “Locally Baked or Cooked” and “Locally Made Arts & Crafts” are selected to participate. Sprinkled in the Market mix each week are FREE special events, “Blooming Youth Booths”, Community Service booths, table top micro-vendors, local Spenard area businesses along with live, talented musicians who happily entertain vendors and market customers alike. 

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