• Special e-newsletter for Sitka Farmers Market

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This week Linda Wilson sent out a special e-newsletter about the Sitka Farmers Market and issues related to our first market on July 18.

In addition to the issues listed in the special e-newsletter, please remember that no pets are allowed inside the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall during the markets because food preparation and sales are taking place in the building. Please leave our pets at home (or in your car).

Also, we gladly take any donations of extra produce grown in family gardens to be sold at the Sitka Local Foods Network booth. The proceeds from these sales help support our projects, such as rent for the markets, supplies for St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm and seed money for our proposed Sitka Community Greenhouse and Education Center.

By the way, our next Sitka Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at ANB Hall on Katlian Street.

Click here to read the special e-newsletter about the Sitka Farmers Market.

• Sitka Farmers Market gets more media play

Screenshot of Anchorage Daily News' Alaska Newsreader blog mention of the Sitka Farmers Market

Screenshot of Anchorage Daily News' Alaska Newsreader blog mention of the Sitka Farmers Market

It looks there’s more media coverage of the Sitka Farmers Market. The Alaska Newsreader blog on the Anchorage Daily News Web site has a link to the Daily Sitka Sentinel story (as it ran in the Juneau Empire) and a link to the Sitka Local Foods Network Web site.

Click here to see the ADN’s Alaska Newsreader item about the Sitka Farmers Market

• Georgia newspaper runs article on Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot from the Augusta Chronicle Web site showing a story and photo about the Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot from the Augusta Chronicle Web site showing a story and photo about the Sitka Farmers Market

They’re talking about the Sitka Local Foods Network in Augusta, Ga.

The Augusta Chronicle’s Web site ran a version of a story that originally appeared July 17 in the Daily Sitka Sentinel and then was picked up by the Associated Press news wire. The article includes a photo of Sitka gardener Florence Welsh showing off some broccoli and cauliflower she was getting ready to sell at the first Sitka Farmers Market on July 18.

The Juneau Empire also picked up the same article to post on its Web site (the Augusta Chronicle and Juneau Empire both are owned by Morris Publications out of Augusta).

Anyway, click on the links below to check out the article on both newspaper sites.

Click here to read the article from the Augusta Chronicle’s Web site.

Click here to see the article from the Juneau Empire’s Web site.

A screenshot of the Juneau Empire's Web site with the article about the Sitka Farmers Market

A screenshot of the Juneau Empire's Web site with the article about the Sitka Farmers Market

• Donations and volunteers needed for Sitka Farmers Markets

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Did your home garden produce a bumper crop and you have more vegetables than you can handle?

The Sitka Local Foods Network is accepting donations for its vegetable stand at the next Sitka Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. All proceeds from produce sold at the booth go to support community projects sponsored by the non-profit Sitka Local Foods Network.

Volunteers also are needed to help with set up and take down of booths. For more information, call Linda Wilson at 747-3096 (nights).

Lisa Sadleir-Hart, Maybelle Filler and Hilary Martin sell produce at the Sitka Farmers Market booth on July 18.

Lisa Sadleir-Hart, Maybelle Filler and Hilary Martin sell produce at the Sitka Farmers Market booth on July 18.

• New photo galleries posted on Shutterfly

Shoppers look for deals at the first Sitka Farmers Market of the summer on July 18, 2009.

Shoppers look for deals at the first Sitka Farmers Market of the summer on July 18, 2009.

There have been a couple of new photo albums posted on the Sitka Local Foods Network page on Shutterfly (a photo-sharing site). There is an album of photos from Saturday’s first Sitka Farmers Market of the 2009 summer. There also is a photo album of photos from 2008 events, and an album of historical photos from 1898 to the late 1920s (used with permission from the Sitka Historical Society and Museum).

Click this link to go to the Shutterfly site where there are some new photo albums posted.

Sarah Williams shows off a hat she made to sell at the Sitka Farmers Market.

Sarah Williams shows off a hat she made to sell at the Sitka Farmers Market.

• Alaska Dream Salmon wins first Table of the Day Award

Julie Jordan of Alaska Dream Salmon receives the Table of the Day award from Kerry MacLane for the first Sitka Farmers Market of the season

Julie Jordan of Alaska Dream Salmon receives the Table of the Day award from Kerry MacLane for the first Sitka Farmers Market of the season

Julie Jordan of Alaska Dream Salmon receives the “Table of the Day Award” from Sitka Farmers Markets co-coordinator Kerry MacLane after the season’s first market on July 18. The Sitka Local Foods Network selected her table — which featured three varieties of fresh salmon and rock fish caught on the F/V Saturday — to receive the $25 cash prize, an Alaska Farmers Market Association tote bag, a selection of locally grown herbs and a certificate of appreciation. An identical prize package will be awarded to a deserving vendor at each of the four remaining Sitka Farmers Markets. The second market of the season takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Keep your eye on this site, because a photo gallery from the first Sitka Farmers Market of the season will be posted later this week.

• Sitka Farmers Market preview in July 17 paper

In case you didn’t see it, the Daily Sitka Sentinel previewed the first Sitka Farmers Market of the season with a front-page article and photo in the Friday, July 17, 2009, issue of the paper. Click the link below to read a PDF version of the Sentinel story (PDF requires Adobe Acrobat to read, which is a free download from Adobe).

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• Eight fun facts about Saturday’s first Sitka Farmers Market

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1. The first of five scheduled Sitka Farmers Markets this summer takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Katlian Street.

2. More than 20 local vendors will be selling fresh veggies, fish, art and more.

3. The Gajaa Heen Dancers will be selling fry bread as a fundraising project for the group. Other ready-to-eat food includes black cod, crepes and fresh oysters.

4. Live music will be provided by the Sitka Blues Band inside the hall. Also, an open jam session will take place under a tent outside — all musicians are welcome.

5. Registered participants in the state’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program can exchange $5 vouchers for fresh produce from one of several approved stands. The Sitka Farmers Market is the first market in Southeast Alaska authorized to process WIC vouchers.

6. The children’s craft activity this market focuses on healthy eating and is called “eating by the colors.” Please bring the kids!

7. Creating the Sitka Farmers Market was selected by Sitka residents as a top community health priority at the 2008 Sitka Health Summit.

8. This event is sponsored by the Sitka Local Foods Network, Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood, Baranof Island Housing Authority, Sitka Conservation Society, the Alaska Farmers Market Association and the SEARHC Health Promotion and Diabetes Prevention programs.

Musicians play in the jam session tent

Musicians play in the jam session tent

Grilling black cod collars from the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association

Grilling black cod collars from the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association

• ANSWER Camp prepares for 2009 students

ANSWER Camp teachers Adriana Rodriguez, left, Alberta Demantle, Jordan Baumgartner, Collauna Marley and Chohla Moll prepare sockeye salmon for the smoker Wednesday night so it will be ready when the students arrive in Sitka on Friday.

ANSWER Camp teachers Adriana Rodriguez, left, Alberta Demantle, Jordan Baumgartner, Collauna Marley and Chohla Moll prepare sockeye salmon for the smoker Wednesday night so it will be ready when the students arrive in Sitka on Friday.

Seventh and eighth grade students from all over Alaska will be arriving in Sitka this week for the 12th annual Alaska Native Student Wisdom Enrichment Retreat, commonly known as ANSWER Camp, a 12-day residential program for Alaska Native students sponsored by the Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) out of Juneau.

Students at the ANSWER Camp stay at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka for two weeks of intensive science, math and cultural experiences as they explore traditional methods of food preservation. ANSWER Camp takes place from July 17-30, and it is free to the 75-80 students lucky enough to be selected from several rural Alaska communities to participate in the program. A U.S. Department of Education grant pays for the students’ transportation to and from Sitka, their housing and food.

ANSWER Camp makes math and science instruction more meaningful for the students by linking traditional Alaska Native values to western scientific principles. The program prepares middle school students from rural Alaska to enter high school, and it helps make science and math come alive for the students as they learn how even traditional cultural activities such as preserving subsistence foods are affected by science and math.

While the students prepare salmon, they will do tests to see how different brine mixtures affect the taste (chemistry). They also will learn how to preserve berries, seaweed and medicinal plants. The students will learn biology by studying critters, and they will gather different plants to study botany. ANSWER Camp has helped steer many students toward science and health careers later in life.

This is one of several camps in the Sitka area that teach people about traditional foods from Southeast Alaska. The Sitka Native Education Program (SNEP) hosts several events during the summer, as so do Sitka residents John and Roby Littlefield at their Dog Point Fish Camp. The Alaska Native Sisterhood camp in Sitka also hosts traditional foods camps at Dog Point Fish Camp.

Click here for more information about the Alaska Native Student Wisdom Enrichment Retreat, commonly called the ANSWER Camp, sponsored by the Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC).

Chohla Moll grabs some sockeye salmon out of the brine mixture so she can hang it in the smoker.

Chohla Moll grabs some sockeye salmon out of the brine mixture so she can hang it in the smoker.

Sockeye salmon hangs from the racks in the smoker.

Sockeye salmon hangs from the racks in the smoker.