It’s all in the (tote) bag at the Sitka Farmers Market

The Sitka Farmers Market will introduce its new tote bags on July 27.

The new tote bags will be for sale at all of our Sitka Farmers Markets for the rest of the season, or until we are sold out. The tote bags cost $10 each, but a purchase of at least $50 from the Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand will get you one free tote bag.

The bag is 10 ounces of durable cotton (so you can wash it), and there is a wooden button so you can close the bag to keep items from falling out. In addition to using the bags to haul your Sitka Farmers Market produce purchases, you can reuse it when you shop for groceries.

“There will be a plastic bag tax ballot initiative on the October city ballot, so we decided it was time we started selling reusable tote bags at the Sitka Farmers Market,” Sitka Local Foods Network board president Charles Bingham said. “We have too much plastic litter, and using reusable bags will help with that problem.”

The tote bag sales will serve as a fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network, which hosts the Sitka Farmers Market each summer.

• Sitka Farmers Market introduces Redoubt Rhubarb items in celebration of sixth season


RedoubtRhubarbScarfIn celebration of its sixth season, the Sitka Farmers Market is selling items with the “Redoubt Rhubarb” logo this summer. The items will be available at the next Sitka Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall, and at the remaining markets on Aug. 17, 31 and Sept. 14.

The Redoubt Rhubarb logo was designed by Sitka artist Lisa Teas, who also designed the Chatham Carrots logo used on items sold during the fifth season of the Sitka Farmers Market. This is the second in a series of logo designs honoring common food plants grown in Southeast Alaska. The Redoubt Rhubarb logo is printed on t-shirts (long- and short-sleeved), tote bags, bandanas, squares and other items.

“Sitka Local Foods Network would like to thank local artist Lisa Teas, who designed and donated the incredible artwork for this year’s fundraiser,” said Cathy Lieser, vice president of the Sitka Local Foods Network board of directors. “Last year you voted and ‘Redoubt Rhubarb’ was the clear winner. These limited-edition pieces are for sale at the Sitka Farmers Markets, or email the Local Foods Network at All proceeds go to fund Sitka Local Foods Network projects.”

The current prices are $25 for long-sleeved t-shirts, $15 for short-sleeved t-shirts, $12 for squares, $12 for bandanas, and $20 for canvas tote bags (a denim tote bag may become available at $25). In addition, the Sitka Local Foods Network booth, usually located outside in the parking lot next to the Baranof Island Housing Authority office, has its own logo items for sale and there may be a few Chatham Carrot logo items left over from last year.