These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Alaska For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Alaska offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Alaska? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Alaska farmers markets:

  1. Homer Farmers Market, Homer, AK
  2. South Anchorage Farmers’ Market, Anchorage, AK
  3. Tanana Valley Farmers Market, Fairbanks, AK
  4. Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka, AK
  5. Muldoon Farmers Market, Anchorage, AK
  6. Spenard Farmers Market, Anchorage, AK
  7. Anchorage Farmers Market, Anchorage, AK
  8. Anchorage Market & Festival, Anchorage, AK
  9. Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers Market, Anchorage, AK
  10. My Matanuska Marketplace, Palmer, AK

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Alaska or the cheapest place to live in Alaska.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Alaska?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Alaska, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Last Frontier

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Alaska, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Homer Farmers Market

Homer Farmers Market -- Homer, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Homer, AK
Address: Ocean Drive, Homer, AK 99603
Times: Wed: 2:00 PM-6:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. South Anchorage Farmers’ Market

South Anchorage Farmers' Market -- Anchorage, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Anchorage, AK
Address: Subway/Cellular One Sports Centre at the corner of Old Seward and O’Malley, Anchorage, AK None
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

3. Tanana Valley Farmers Market

Tanana Valley Farmers Market -- Fairbanks, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Fairbanks, AK
Address: 2600 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Times: Wed: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Sun: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Sitka Farmers Market

Sitka Farmers Market -- Sitka, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Sitka, AK
Address: 235 Katlian Street, Sitka, AK 99835
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Muldoon Farmers Market

Muldoon Farmers Market -- Anchorage, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Anchorage, AK
Address: 7440 Creekside Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Spenard Farmers Market

Spenard Farmers Market -- Anchorage, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Anchorage, AK
Address: 2590 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99503
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Anchorage Farmers Market

Anchorage Farmers Market -- Anchorage, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 45.7
City: Anchorage, AK
Address: 1420 Cordova Street, Anchorage, AK 99645
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

8. Anchorage Market & Festival

Anchorage Market & Festival -- Anchorage, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 45.7
City: Anchorage, AK
Address: 3rd Avenue and E Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
Times: Sat:10:00 am – 6:00 pm sun:10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Credit Cards: N
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

9. Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers Market

Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers Market -- Anchorage, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 45.7
City: Anchorage, AK
Address: 3101 Penland Parkway, Anchorage, AK 99508
Times: Wed:9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Credit Cards: N
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. My Matanuska Marketplace

My Matanuska Marketplace -- Palmer, AK

Source: Public Domain

Score: 45.7
City: Palmer, AK
Address: 610 S Valley Way, Palmer, AK 99645
Times: Mon: 10:30 AM-5:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Alaska

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Last Frontier ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Alaska

Name City Rank Score
Homer Farmers Market Homer 1 68.6
South Anchorage Farmers’ Market Anchorage 2 60.0
Tanana Valley Farmers Market Fairbanks 3 57.1
Sitka Farmers Market Sitka 4 57.1
Muldoon Farmers Market Anchorage 5 51.4
Spenard Farmers Market Anchorage 6 51.4
Anchorage Farmers Market Anchorage 7 45.7
Anchorage Market & Festival Anchorage 8 45.7
Northway Mall Wednesday Farmers Market Anchorage 9 45.7
My Matanuska Marketplace Palmer 10 45.7
South Anchorage Farmers’ Market Anchorage 11 42.9
Fairbanks Downtown Market Fairbanks 12 42.9
Farmers Fresh Market Soldotna 13 42.9
Willow Farmers Market Willow 14 42.9
Highway’s End Farmers’ Market Delta Junction 15 42.9
Juneau Farmers Market And Local Food Festival Juneau 16 40.0
Wasilla Farmers Market Wasilla 17 31.4
Mountaintraders Talkeetna 18 31.4
Houston Farm & Art Market Houston 19 28.6
Second Saturday Farmers & Crafters Market Juneau 20 25.7
Mountain View Farmersâ?? Market Anchorage 21 22.9
Kenai’s Saturday Market Kenai 22 8.6
Ester Community Market Ester 23 8.6
Tustumena Farmer’s Market Kasilof 24 5.7
Talkeetna Farmers Market Talkeetna 25 2.9
Center Market Anchorage 26 0.0
Denali Farmers Market Anchorage 27 0.0
Kasilof Flea And Farmers Market Anchorage 28 0.0
Central Kenai Peninsula Farmers Market Soldotna 29 0.0
Soldotna Wednesday Market Soldotna 30 0.0
Kenny Lake Harvest I Valdez 31 0.0
Kenny Lake Harvest Ii Valdez 32 0.0
Dillingham Farmers Market Dillingham 33 0.0
Haines Farmer Market Haines 34 0.0
Nenana Open Air Market Nenana 35 0.0
Trapper Creek Farmers Market Trapper Creek 36 0.0

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