Summer months provide ample opportunity to sample and purchase fresh vegetables, flowers and goods produced by local Alaskans. Look for the Alaska Grown logo - there's none fresher! Palmer is the agricultural hub of Alaska, and farmer's markets are a great opportunity to support the local farmers.
Our long summer days and fertile soil carved by glaciers eons ago makes the Valley the perfect place to sample locally grown produce. Check out our carrots - they are much sweeter than carrots found elsewhere - or some potatoes that thrive in the Valley. At local farmer's markets, you'll find a wide selection of produce such as onions, beets, kale, tomatoes and even local berries and fruits.
Throughout the summer, communities in the Mat-Su Borough host farmer's markets where fresh produce is available. There is also a unique option to pick your own vegetables at Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm just outside of Palmer.
Here's a list of some of the Mat-Su's local markets.
Palmer Friday Flings: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., mid-May to mid-August in Downtown Palmer
Colony Farmers Market: Mondays, Noon-6 p.m., 610 S. Valley Way, Palmer, all year.
Wasilla Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., west end of Iditapark (corner of Nelson and Weber St.), June through mid-September.
Willow Farmers Market: Fridays, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mile 69 Parks Highway (Hwy. 3), June 29 through mid-September.