August 2015 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Board of directors — Lisa Sadleir-Hart, president; Matthew Jackson, vice president; Maybelle Filler, treasurer; Alli Gabbert, secretary; Charles Bingham, communications director; Michelle Putz; Jennifer Carter; Brandie Cheatham; Kathy Jones

Sitka Sound Suppers fundraiser launches

Eating local in Sitka can be an amazing experience. We have wide variety of high-quality seafood, including five types of salmon, halibut, blackcod, dozens of varieties of rockfish, ling cod, Alaska king crab, Dungeness crab, scallops, spot prawns, yum. There also is Sitka black-tailed deer and other wild game. And there’s nothing like the taste of fresh produce from the garden, and our berries are exquisite.

Now you can experience the best of Sitka’s local food scene with Sitka Sound Suppers: A Chef-To-Table Experience, a fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network.

Three Sitka chefs — Kathy Jones (Westmark/Dock Shack), Edith Johnson (Fly-In Fish Inn), and Jackie Barmoy (former owner of Loaves and Fishes in Seattle) — have volunteered their talents to prepare a totally local meal that will be brought to your Sitka home for you to enjoy.

This fundraiser has three donation levels and one meal will be available at each level — $500 for a local Sitka dinner for two people, $1,000 for a dinner for four people, or $2,000 for a dinner for eight people. The fundraiser runs through our last Sitka Farmers Market on Sept. 12, and the meals will be served this fall when you and the chef set a date. For more details, click this link.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 2-8 this year, so stop by the Sitka Farmers Market this Saturday to help kick off the celebration. The Sitka Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall.

The annual National Farmers Market Week celebration is the first full week of August, when growing season is peaking around the country. This year’s theme is “There’s More To Market,” which highlights the wider variety of products now found at farmers markets across the country. Click here to read this year’s National Farmers Market Week proclamation from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. 

The number of farmers markets in the country has tripled since 1998, growing from 2,746 markets in 1998 to 8,268 in 2014. There has been similar growth in Alaska, and now markets can be found in many Bush communities from Bethel to Thorne Bay. This growth has improved Alaska’s food security while also serving as an incubator for new businesses. Click here to learn more about National Farmers Market Week and why farmers markets matter.

So far this summer we've held two Sitka Farmers Markets, but we have four markets left on the schedule — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, and Sept. 12, at the ANB Founders Hall. Click here for a slideshow from our July 4 market, and click here for a slideshow from our July 18 market.

Also, if you’ve ever wanted to be a vendor you can learn more by clicking this link or sending an email to We always need new vendors, especially those selling produce from their home gardens, commercially caught fish or locally baked bread.

Sitka Kitch offers community a rental commercial kitchen

Did you know Sitka has a community rental commercial kitchen? The Sitka Kitch, located inside First Presbyterian Church at 505 Sawmill Creek Road, officially opened in March and is available for cottage food businesses needing a commercial kitchen, people wanting to put up their own harvest, cooking and canning classes, and even groups who want to cook a dinner for friends and family that’s too large to hold in someone’s home.

The Sitka Kitch is a rental community commercial kitchen project coordinated by the Sitka Conservation Society, in partnership with the Sitka Local Foods Network. The Sitka Kitch was a project from the 2013 Sitka Health Summit designed to improve food security in Sitka while also providing a space for people wanting to get into the cottage food business or wanting to preserve their harvest for storage in the home pantry.

Click here to take a quick tour of the facility and learn more about how to rent it. The Sitka Kitch also was the venue in July for a series of home canning and cottage foods classes taught by Sarah Lewis of Juneau, and it will be one of the sites in August for several home food preservation classes taught by Leslie Shallcross of Anchorage as part of the Sitka Seafood Festival.

Sitka Local Foods Network wins Alaska Community Foundation grant

The Sitka Local Foods Network is one of 15 nonprofits in Alaska — two from Sitka — to earn a “Strengthening Organizations Program” grant from the Alaska Community Foundation.

The 15 grants totaled $75,353, with both Sitka organizations winning $4,600. The Island Institute, which partnered with the Sitka Local Foods Network to produce the Sitka Community Food Assessment Indicators Report in 2014, is the other Sitka organization to be awarded a grant.

The grant-winners “were recognized for their initiative in building internal structures to enhance capacity. Grant proposals ranged from requests for leadership development support, funding for staff to attend conferences, financial management training, digitizing collections for website purposes, and much more,” according to an Alaska Community Foundation press release. Click here to read our story about the grant.

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