Farmers markets growing statewide.
Alaskans can count on farmers' markets to provide everything from fresh local produce to locally-produced flowers for their summer dining and entertaining needs.
According to Kristi Krueger from the state Division of Agriculture, nearly 40 farmers markets operate statewide, with five new markets tentatively set to join the Alaska Farmers Market Association.
"Typically in July, you can see a plethora of fresh fruits, herbs, flowers and veggies at the markets ranging from broccoli to Swiss chard," Krueger says. "In August, September and October we start to see the potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions, beets and other root crops widely available."
Arthur Keyes owns and operates Glacier Valley Farms in Palmer, and participates in the Saturday and Wednesday South Anchorage Farmers Markets, the Spenard Farmers Market and the Eagle River Saturday markets. He also runs a stand at his farm every Saturday from July through September.
"Local farmers' markets support the local economy and provide a revenue source for the small scale producer," Keyes says. "True entrepreneurship happens all summer at the various markets. It is a lot of work but it is the most rewarding work experience I have ever had."
Visit alaskafarmersmarkets.org for a list of statewide farmers markets.