The bounty of the state’s harvests can be found all over Interior Alaska, especially at our farmers markets.
Usually starting in May and running through mid-September, farmers markets in the Fairbanks region offer everything that grows big and bold under our 24-hour summer daylight: zucchinis, yellow squash, onions, potatoes, broccoli, greens, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and more. Much more.
If we can grow it in Alaska, you can find it at a farmers market. And that’s not even mentioning the people who turn out to sell their homemade wares. Potters, craftsmen and artists all inhabit our markets, too, selling everything from homemade goat milk soap to paintings and pottery to hand-crafted items that reflect Alaska.
Don’t forget the food, either. Our markets are filled with vendors selling fresh-made items for purchase that you can eat on the spot.
The Tanana Valley Farmers Market is the largest of Interior Alaska’s farmers markets. Located at 2600 College Road, the market is open Saturdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 21.
The market opens for the season May 11. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The Tanana Valley Farmers Market also features Chef at the Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday starting in July. The program, now in its eighth season, is an effort between the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation and the farmers market in which local chefs demonstrate easy recipes using Alaska-grown produce.
Market Festival Fairbanks takes place downtown in Golden Heart Plaza. The market, which features produce stands from local farmers, food vendors, and artists and their wares, opens at the end of May and runs through the beginning of September. It’s open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays. The nonprofit organization Festival Fairbanks organizes the downtown market. Because of its central location in downtown, Market Festival Fairbanks also includes a slate of rotating performers and musicians who perform summer concerts in the plaza. It’s located at 516 First Ave.
In South Fairbanks, the Southside Community Farmers Market, hosted by Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, is returning. It will operate 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the corner of 24th and Rickert streets, next to the JP Jones Community Center. The market opens June 4 and runs through the end of September. The market also doubles the value of food stamps and accepts WIC and senior stamps.
Just outside Fairbanks, the community of Ester is home to the Ester Community Market each Thursday, starting June 6 and running through September, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Ester Community Park.
Nenana, about 60 miles south of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway, hosts its farmers market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays starting in mid-May and running through mid-September at the Nenana Civic Center on Main Street.