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In the middle of winter, farmers’ market still going

By Shannon Ballard 7:28 PM January 8, 2014

In Alaska, the frigid winter months can make eating fresh tricky.

ANCHORAGE – Duane Clark is a farmer.

“I really love it here in Alaska,” he said.

This time of year, Clark makes most of his living at farmers’ markets.

“It sells itself just by how fresh looking it is,” he said.

There is not a lot of produce for him to grow in the winter, so Clark has set his roots at the Center Market at the Mall at Sears. He sells crops he’s stored since summer and harvests friendships.

Clark and Amy Ceder-Reinke go back years.

“I come here almost once a week,” Ceder-Reinke said.

Her young son even has a nickname for Clark.

“He calls him ‘the cowboy man’ because of the hat,” Ceder-Reinke said.

She’s like several others who come to the farmers’ market looking for fresh, homegrown food and getting to know the different vendors.

“Every week we are able to meet new people that are looking for the good, clean products that are grown and processed here,” Clark said. “That’s just super valuable and exciting to see.”

Clark said the success he’s seen from this small farmers’ market is exceptional.

“For farmers not to go in the wintertime and get another job, a wintertime job, that’s just a big statement,” he said.

Clark said he is already looking forward to next week, bringing more fresh food to sell and seeing his friends stop by.

The farmers’ market at the Mall at Sears is every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It’s Alaska’s only year-round market.

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