Since the Gold Rush days, Alaskans have enjoyed fresh produce from local farms.
The diversity of products grown in Interior Alaska, also known as Alaska’s Heartland, surprises many out-of-town guests. Crops thrive in our continual growing season. The long hours of daylight (from April to September) encourage bumper harvests. Everything from potatoes and peas to pumpkins and poinsettias grow here. Greenhouses are used to extend the season for warm-weather crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs.
Alaskan agriculture is much more than rhubarb and zucchini … It’s asparagus, beans, beef, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, dairy products, flowers, grains, herbs, hay, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, pork, spinach, squash, strawberries …. and much more! It’s good food that’s good eating. For flavor that’s “thousands of miles fresher,” shop for local produce at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market.
Alaska’s growing economy depends on development of diverse interests to stay healthy. The Alaska Grown and the Made in Alaska programs are vital to encourage local economic self-determination. The Tanana Valley Farmers Market Association, a non-profit corporation, is empowered by its articles of incorporation to provide a sales outlet for these entrepreneurs.