Summer puts Tanana Valley Farmer's Market in full swing

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sunday, August 1, 2010:

Five dollars will get you an Alaska-sized zucchini, about 2 feet long and as thick as a softball, at the farmer’s market. But it was the more modest-sized zucchinis, cherry tomatoes and sweet-slice cucumbers that were moving the quickest at the Jenny Creek farm stand at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market on Saturday.

“We’re getting into our peak season,” said Joani Scharfenberg, who ran the booth as her son, Luke, offered samples of slices cucumber.

Farm tables were splayed with red and green tomatoes, bunches of carrots, varieties of squash and cabbage. With loads of ripe tomatoes, carrots and peas, and potatoes and squash starting to come online, farmers are hitting the high point of the season. The warm, sunny day attracted big crowds to the market to meet the supply.