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Start Your Garden

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.
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  • 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

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  • 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!

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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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Borscht Recipe

One of our employees, Svetlana was born and raised in Russia and was taught how to make this delicious Borscht recipe by her mother. We hope you have fun trying it out in the kitchen, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Ingredients:
5-6 Cups of Beef Stock
2-3 Beets
3 Russet Potatoes
3-4 Carrots
1 Yellow Onion
Small can of Tomato Paste
½ Head of Cabbage

Preparation:

  • Wash beets and boil in a large pot with 10 cups of water for approx. 1 hour or longer for larger beets.  Beets should easily pierced with a butter knife when finished.  Remove beets and set aside.  Keep the water.
  • Cut potatoes into chunks and boil in beet water from step 1 for 20 minutes.
  • Dice onion and grate carrots, sauté with oil in a skillet until soft.  Stir in tomato paste and a splash of water when vegetables are almost finished.
  • Thinly slice cabbage and add to pot with potatoes when they are halfway done boiling.
  • Peel and cut beets and add to pot.
  • Add beef stock to pot.
  • Add sautéed carrots and onion to pot and cook for additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve with dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt, garnish with dill or chives.

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What’s your favorite thing to do during the winter?

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!