An empty lot on Mountain View Drive may soon be home to Anchorage’s newest weekday farmers’ market.
The land, situated between a strip mall and a gas station across the street from Clark Middle School, has been vacant since John’s Motel and RV Park was demolished in 2008. That could be about to change, at least once a week: A coalition of neighborhood organizers aims to open a farmers’ market there June 16.
The effort is led by the Anchorage Community Land Trust, which owns the property, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Radhika Krishna, ACLT community development manager, said the group is still working to find 12-14 vendors, from Mountain View gardeners and chefs to Matanuska-Susitna Borough farmers. A farmers’ market fundraiser is scheduled to take place March 30 at Resolution Brewing.
Following the June 16 launch, organizers plan to hold the market on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. through the end of August. If successful, it could grow in its second season. Ultimately, ACLT aims to use the land for commercial development, but for now, Krishna said, the farmers’ market is a perfect fit.
“It’s definitely to celebrate Mountain View culture,” she said.