When people ask “are you ready for football?” we all know they are really talking about the food. Tailgating has become somewhat of an art form full of delicious treats. So whether you stay at home, go to your family or friends, or hit the road for mid-field viewing, you’ll start the season off right with these tasty recipes!
Chunky Tomato Salsa (makes 1 bowl of salsa)
1 clove of garlic, very finely chopped
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
3 large tomatoes, very finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (sub 1 tsp of dried coriander)
½ tsp chili powder
3 pinches of salt & pepper
½ tsp cumin
Get the instructions here
Tip: For best results, leave for 30 minutes to marinate
Prep time: 15 min, Marinating time: 30 min, Ready: 45 min
Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 (10 oz) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
¾ cup pepper sauce (such as FRANK’S Red Hot®)
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bunch of celery, cleaned and cut into 4” pieces
1 (8 oz) box crackers
Get the instructions here
Tip: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly and make clean-up easier.
Prep time: 5 min, Cook time: 40 min, Ready: 45 min
Simple Turkey Chili
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
Get the instructions here
Prep time: 15 min, Cook time: 45 min, Ready: 1 hour
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Get instructions here
Tip: Before measuring the corn syrup, coat your measuring cup with cooking spray–the syrup will pour easily out of the cup.
Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 10 min, Ready: 1 hour 15 minutes
With summer here, we’ll take any sunny day (or hour) to jump outside and soak in the rays. We encourage you to take a break from your desk this summer and get outside on your lunch break with your co-workers. We live in such a stunning community, it’s hard to not find a bench and watch the waves roll whenever we can. Plus, it helps build a strong team, and it’s even a nice way to have a meeting once in a while. Make the most of your time outside and make sure you’re ready whenever the clouds decide to lift so you can jump on it!
Mason Jar Salads
It seems like anything in a mason jar is popular these days. Not only do mason jar salads make healthy lunch choices, but these are easy to transport and perfect for a lunch outside. Some of our favorite fixings are egg, bacon, spinach, shredded carrots, edamame, cabbage, beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Wash and prep all your ingredients on Sunday so you can mix and match them to make several different salads available throughout your week. Don’t forget the dressing and fork! Once you’re ready to eat just dump in the dressing, shake it up and munch away.
Did you know we have Taco Tuesday in our deli? Grab a container, load up all your favorite toppings and head outside to our wall to break up your day. Tacos can be a fresh and delicious lunch option. Plus, you can make it healthier by skipping the tortilla shells and just going with fresh veggies and meat. Bonus points if you snag a picture of the Mt. Edgecumbe view and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.
We aren’t the only ones who love our fried chicken. We’ve been told it’s the best in Sitka, and it wasn’t by Captain Sea Mart. Our fried chicken and sides make for a warm, hearty meal whether you are lunching inside our café on a rainy day, sitting outside on a picnic bench or heading out on your boat to do some fishing. Wherever your lunch break takes you, don’t forget the chicken!
And, don’t forget the sunscreen! Even on an overcast day you can still get a sunburn. Here’s to warm days and warm nights this summer! Share your favorite lunch ideas in the comments below.
As gardening trends continue to rise in Sitka, Sea Mart is always at the forefront of supporting our community. Did you know that we purchase produce from local growers to supplement our shipments? We’re always trying to grow our community and support local where we can. With the warmer weather last year, several gardens in town were plentiful. Here are some tips on getting your Sitkan garden to grow well this summer.
- Start seedlings in your home, so you have a head start on growth once it warms up outside.
- Greens grow well here – think broccoli, cabbage, chard, and lettuce. They tend to be hardier and take the cooler temperatures in
- If you love carrots, plant green onions near them to keep the pests away. Plus, onions grow shallow, so they make great companions to deep-rooted
- Soil growers are also successful in our climate, so plant those potatoes!
- If you love herbs, try planting them in pots. Not only can you bring them inside on cool summer nights, but you can also keep them year round.
- Marigolds are well-known for keeping the bugs away, add them to the perimeter of your flower beds to keep your vegetables pest free.
- Be mindful about each plant’s growing window, we love using the Farmer’s Almanac as our guideline: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/AK/Sitka
- Seafood scraps are an excellent fertilizer for plants; add your scraps and compost into your compost bin to make a great food source for all your plants.
- Since we’re in bear country, be sure you’re using a bear proof composting bin just in case you do get any unwelcomed friends in your garden (this will help protect your vegetables too).
This is just a quick list of some fun tips to get you started as you begin planning out your garden. For more information, listen to Mollie Kabler and Kitty LaBounty during their garden show on KCAW- Raven Radio, from 8:30-9am, on Wednesdays through June. These two have so many tips and tricks. Plus, you can call in and ask questions!
Please remember, Sea Mart is always in support of local growers and encourages locals to stop by the customer service desk to see if we can purchase your veggies. Let us know what you’re planting in the comments below and please share any tips and tricks you may have as well!
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New Year’s resolutions often fail; studies show that only 25% make it past the first week. The good news is that January 1st isn’t your only opportunity.
What gets you through these short winter days and long winter nights? Does your family curl up by the fire and read books, maybe there’s a little competition around a board game or maybe you stock up on movies or have a Netflix marathon?
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, maybe you’re waiting for more snow to arrive so you can grab your cross-country skis and head outside or maybe you want to grab the kids and build a snow fort. The outdoors have so much to offer in town; it’s always a relief to take advantage of the sunlight, although it seems brief.
We asked our employees and they shared their favorite things to do:
Christy – Watch Netflix!
Angela – Ideally, it would be to build a snow fort, but we don’t have enough snow!
Tim – Drink hot cocoa!
Dennis – Hunt! Uh, I mean, cuddle with my wife and watch movies.
Ted – Get outside with the little ones, whenever we have snow to sled and play.
Whether you’re heading to Sitka Park to go sledding or curling up under a blanket to stay warm, enjoy every moment you can creating memories that will last a lifetime for your family. And, don’t forget the whipped cream and marshmallows for your cocoa!
Sitka is an amazing place.
This isn’t exactly news for anyone who has been here for any amount of time, but we just like saying it. Where else can you hike to the top of a volcano, catch a glimpse of whales doing their own cool thing, and crack open a beer with a few friends while grilling up fresh Alaskan salmon on your back patio, all in one day?
We sure do love where we live.
And in that spirit of love and adventure, which is really what life in Sitka is all about, let’s break down a few reasons why our grocery store has become a favorite Sitka gathering place over the many years we’ve been in business.
1. We are a locally-owned, family-operated company
However, our legacy extends back almost seven decades, when Clarence and Hopewell Rands opened up shop in Downtown Sitka. Many things have changed since then, but not our dedication to the people in Sitka. Money stays in our community. We are on a first-name basis with the people we serve. And our customers can always expect to receive a consistently great experience every time they walk through our doors.
2. We love the Sitka communityGiving back, as much as possible, is the best way we can show gratitude towards our community. Whether it’s supporting sports teams, education, the arts, and various local charities, giving back on a world level, or simply rocking the Captain Sea Mart costume during Sitka events, we love strengthening our beloved community and providing as many happy moments as possible.
3. We have the most scenic parking lot in America
Our ocean view parking lot is the stuff inspirational calendars are made of. No Sitka sky is ever the same. Come for the fresh food, stay for the amazing view.4. Our employees are some of the most awesome people on the face of the earth
Exceptional service is no accident. Great people, doing great work every day, is what Sitkans have come to appreciate about the Sea Mart experience. Each employee is empowered to do whatever it takes to delight our customers. We think that’s pretty cool. Did you know that many of our employees have been with Sea Mart for decades?
At Sea Mart, we’re a family.
We love being on a first-name basis with our customers. We love seeing them in the aisles every day. We love putting smiles on their faces.What we love most about the people of Sitka, though, is their love for their community. They pull together in tragedies and celebrate successes. Always ready to contribute, laugh, take in an Alaskan sunset, and break out their fishing poles at a moment’s notice, we couldn’t ask for a better group of people to be around each and every day.
Thank you for making Sitka so awesome. We love being a part of your world.
Where were you in 1978? Perhaps you were listening to the sweet tunes of the Bee Gees on your 8-track player. Or buying your first Trans Am. Maybe you were sprawled out on the shag carpet playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with your little brother. Or perhaps you weren’t even born yet.
In 1978, we were busy making Sea Mart come to life. We closed down Market Foods, where Sea Mart currently dwells, tearing everything out of it over Thanksgiving weekend. In December of 1978, Sea Mart Quality Foods opened.
For almost 37 years, Sea Mart has been serving the Sitka community by providing healthy, high-quality groceries and everyday essentials. (And don’t forget about our famous fried chicken!).
But our legacy extends back almost seven decades. It’s a classic small-town business story, really.
Back in 1949, Clarence and Hopewell Rands saw the need for a community-oriented grocery store in Sitka. Hopewell ran a music shop on Lincoln Street for 15 years prior to that and Clarence owned a construction company. They knew nothing about the grocery business.
Regardless, C.R. Rands Co. opened its doors in downtown Sitka in 1949. Service to the community was their primary philosophy, something we continue holding strong to today.
When Clarence and Hopewell’s daughter Barbara married Lloyd Hames, the new couple began the second generation of family grocers, evolving C.R. Rands Co. into Market Center. When Clarence and Hopewell retired in 1969, the Hames Corp. was formed with Lloyd Hames at the helm and a legacy was built through southeastern Alaska.
Like his in-laws, Lloyd Hames knew nothing about groceries. He once said, “I had no idea if the toilet paper goes in the canned food section, or if the milk goes in the produce department.” But what he did understand was the value of opportunity and giving back to the community. His was a mission of finding and providing only the best groceries for his customers.
He also understood the value of hard work. According to Roger Hames, his father had a straightforward approach to employing his own children when they were old enough. “Either work willingly and be paid, or work reluctantly and not get paid.” Roger decided to work willingly… never doubting that he would one day be a third generation grocer.
Many things have changed since Clarence and Hopewell Rands opened up shop in Sitka. But one thing remains the same: our dedication to our community. The Spirit of Alaska isn’t just in our store. It’s in our DNA. Forged by independence. Furthered by hard work. Rooted in a passionate legacy.
Thanks for being a part of it.