Alaska has a vibrant Farmers Market scene, from the Interior to the Southeast. Even though we have a short growing season and some challenging growing conditions due to the cold climate, the farmer’s markets here are thriving. Summertime provides plants with up to 24 hours of daylight and warmer temps, so we get some of the biggest and best veggies. If you live here, you know the deal. If you are visiting, look up the closest market and head on over. It’s a great way to rub elbows with the locals, meet the growers, find unique arts and crafts and see what the community is all about.
Why is it important to buy local food?
1. The produce tastes better because of our cool climate! Our cool nights make the vegetables sweeter and more delicious than anything grown in hotter climates.
2. The produce tastes better because it’s fresher! With vegetables grown just a few miles away, harvests can be much more recent than for produce shipped from Outside.
3. Your produce will stay fresh much longer after you buy it, because it is so fresh to begin with.
4. The transportation costs of buying local food are much lower than buying produce that has been shipped from the Lower 48. You’re conserving all kinds of energy by buying local food!
5. You’re supporting local farmers and ensuring that farming and local food production will remain viable in Alaska.
We could not agree more!
So grab a bag and your sunglasses and make tracks to your closest farmers market and support the good life!