Local Foods Directory, Expanded in 2012
We’ve just uploaded the 2012 update of the Local Foods Directory for the Central Kenai Peninsula! The Directory includes 27 listings, up from 19 when it was first published in 2011. Inspired by successful, season-extending Northern farmers from Tim Meyers in Bethel to Eliot Coleman in Maine, Peninsula vegetable growers started planting and harvesting earlier this year than ever before. Some had lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, kale, lettuce and other greens for sale by late April or early May! Local food producers are expanding their marketing channels from the traditional farmers’ markets to subscription services with weekly pick-ups (e.g., Ridgeway Farms, Winter Greens Organic Gardens, Peninsula Dairy), email or on-line ordering (e.g., Cloudberry Acres, Sarah’s Alaska Honey, Alaska Berries), U-pick operations (e.g. Jackson Gardens), and on-the-farm sales (e.g. O’Brien Orchards). July and August are peak of the season for fresh fruit and vegetables on the Kenai Peninsula, so visit a farmers’ market or farm soon! Buying locally supports a healthy local food economy and puts fresh, healthy food on the table for your family. To view and print the 2012 Local Foods Directory, click on the “Local Foods Directory” or “Documents” tab.