Working in Anchorage is a fantastic experience. You get to enjoy the social aspect of city life, like a robust nightlife and unique festivals, and the rugged Alaska wilderness, which is only a short drive from town. Plus, when it comes to food in Alaska, Anchorage is hard to beat.
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The city boasts a seemingly endless supply of freshly-caught seafood and locally sourced big game. And don’t forget to enjoy your fresh meal with beer and cider from more than a dozen craft breweries.
The Anchorage food scene also has a secret hidden in plain sight that many seasonal workers love: farmers markets. Throughout the year, local farmers bring the farm-to-table experience to different neighborhoods in Anchorage. Most of the markets sell fresh produce, baked goods, coffee, seafood, and flowers. Plus, many of the farmers accept credit cards for payment.
Here are six farmers markets you can’t miss while you’re here.
South Anchorage Farmers’ Market
The South Anchorage Farmers Market operates Saturdays and Sundays at O’Malley Centre Drive from 9 am to 2 pm, beginning in early May and ending in early October. Some of the specialties you’ll find here include fresh pastries, organic meats, local fruits and veggies, handmade pasta, locally harvested wildflower honey.
Muldoon Farmers Market
Muldoon Farmers Market is a summer market hosted at Begich Middle School. Stalls are open 9:30am-2: 30 pm every Saturday from late June to late September. This not-for-profit market is among the best places to visit in East Anchorage if you want high-quality agricultural products and seafood.
Spenard Farmers Market
The Spenard Farmers Market is held from May to September, at Chilkoot Charlie’s windmill lot. Farmers begin selling Saturdays at 9 am and close shop around 2 pm. The Spenard market has more than 45 vendors, live music and specializes in locally grown plants, freshly caught food and handmade arts and crafts.
Anchorage Farmers Market
This non-profit farmers market begins in early May and ends in late October, with stalls opening Saturdays from 9am-2pm. The Anchorage Farmers Market is run by a board of farmers who focus on making the community healthier by making it easier to buy fresh Alaska Grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants and animal products. This is the farmers market to visit if you really value getting to know who grows and catches your food.
Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers Market
Northway Mall Wednesday Market operates from June to October, every Wednesday 9am-4pm. The market specializes in a large variety of baked goods, cheese, handmade crafts, flowers, local herbs, honey, jams, seafood, handmade soap and fresh produce.
Anchorage Downtown Market & Festival
The downtown farmers market is the pride and joy of Anchorage in the summer. This market runs from May to September, with farmers available from 10am-6pm. The market focuses on selling jewelry, arts and crafts, baked goods and fresh produce. Plus, the market doesn’t charge for admittance and live music accompanies most Saturday and Sunday openings.
Working in Alaska will give you countless opportunities to explore. It’s a wonderland for weekend warriors. To learn more about how you can create your own Alaska adventure, search our current job openings.