Here are some of my favorite sources for spices, kitchen gadgets, nutritional information, and other fun things.
The Alaska Vegan Society
Surprised? Alaska is actually a pretty vegan friendly place! Check out the Alaska Vegan Society website for the latest on potlucks, classes, vegan friendly dining, and all things plant based in AK!
ANCHORAGE FARMER’S MARKETS:
Anchorage Farmer’s Market:
Open every Saturday from early May through mid-October from 9 am til 2 pm. Located in Midtown in the Central Lutheran Church parking lot at the corner of 15th and Cordova.
Located in the Sears Mall in Midtown, this is the ONLY farmer’s market that is open YEAR-ROUND on Wednesdays from 10 am – 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm.
Spenard Farmer’s Market:
Open every Saturday from mid-May through late September from 9 am til 2 pm, in Koot’s parking lot in Spenard.
LOCAL (ANCHORAGE) FOOD SOURCES:
My regular source for:
1. Organic Soymilk (vanilla and plain)
2. Organic So Delicious Coconut Milk
3. Organic Chia Seeds
4. Organic canned beans
5. Organic canned tomatoes and tomato sauce**
6. Organic frozen fruit (blueberries, mangoes, cherries, etc)
7. Organic California brown rice
** I find the Kirkland brand name organic tomatoes are fairly acidic, so be prepared to simmer with grated carrot, parsnip, add brown sugar or whatever you need to do to get the acid down.
This is my regular grocery store source of greens and organic produce. Personally, I think that their selection and quality is better than Carr’s / Safeway.
New Sagaya City Market:
New Sagaya is my local grocery store, and since it’s in walking distance, I get a fair amount of my weekly groceries here. No matter how hard I try to make a complete list for my weekly Fred Meyer outing, every week there are odds and ends that I need to get at New Sagaya. They have a limited organic section, but their produce is fair, the produce manager is very sweet, and they have a surprisingly good selection of dry goods, especially given the size of the store.
MAIL ORDER FOOD SOURCES:
Braga Organic Farms
My preferred source of raw nuts (cashews, walnuts, almonds, pistachios), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin) and dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, dates). Shipping is free for all orders over $99, an important consideration in Alaska!
King Arthur Flour
An excellent source for flours, including organic and gluten free options, as well as bake ware and fun gadgets. I used to live right across the river from their main store in Vermont, and will always have a soft spot for their breads and baked goods.
Most of the spices that I use come from Penzey’s – including vanilla extract, mixed spices (such as curry powder and chili powder).
I get my protein powder through Shaklee, as well as all of my home cleaning supplies. It’s a brand my mom used when I was growing up, and those of you that know me, know that my mom KNOWS clean. As far as protein powders, I have had some bad experiences with others on the market (contamination in Vega protein powders) and so have decided to stick with a brand that 1) I trust 2) tests ALL of its ingredients and sources for contamination, no exceptions 3) does not use GMO soy and 4) smells and tastes incredible – like vanilla cake batter.