Efforts Increase to Provide Great Seafood Variety Year-Round

For lovers of wild Alaska seafood, there are new options in
Anchorage this winter to purchase a wide variety of fresh, refreshed and frozen
fish in a mall market also featuring fresh herbs, vegetables, honey and baked
It’s the South Anchorage Winter Market, at the Dimond Mall,
where wild king salmon fillets, both red and white, are for sale along with
halibut, cod, oysters, sablefish and other varieties of seafood harvested in
Alaska waters. In addition to seafood from Arctic Choice, the marketplace
offers vegetables, herbs, honey and loaves of fresh bread – all Alaska grown or
made – to compliment the seafood entrees, as well as meat products.
The idea for the indoor winter market stemmed from the
desire of the South Anchorage Farmers Market customers to continue purchasing
fresh and frozen Alaskan products after summer ends, rather than wait seven
months to shop there again. So managers of the farmer’s market picked up and
moved at summer’s end to the warmth of an indoor market venue. Upcoming events
will include having a celebrity chef demonstrate with seafood, meats and
produce ideas for shoppers to use while cooking at home.
Elsewhere in Alaska’s largest city, seafood promotions are
picking up speed as the holiday season approaches, and seafood businesses are
preparing for the usual high demand for holiday gifts for friends, family and
business associates nationwide.

Shipments of Alaska red king crab, harvested in the Bering
Sea, are expected to begin arriving in early November, and the big box store
Costco has freezer and refrigerator sections well stocked with a variety of
salmon- fresh, frozen and smoked, cod, halibut, shrimp and shell fish,
including assorted ready to heat and serve items. Food demonstrators this past
week were offering shoppers a taste of Trident Seafoods’ new Salmon Bites.