Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March is Marching In! News from the Squirrel March 2015

 Hello all!
I know I say this every year. But I do love the month of March. My sweet little boy ain't so little any more and turns 9 on the "Ides" (he's 5 in the photo!). That's only reason number one. There are many other reasons, like more day length, great skiing (even despite the lack of significant snow), spring break, the Oosik Classic Ski Race, the Trio Fat Tire Bike Race, some artists coming out of winter hibernation, and Denali Brewing Company's homebrew weekend. Almost seems like we try to pack in all of our fun before summer hits! While you're out enjoying the sunshine, we hope you'll stop in at the Squirrel...

Second Saturday Art Opening - Three Man Show
Jon Mann, Chris Bowman and Bill Barstow will surely dazzle us with recent paintings, pastels, sketches and other recent artistic endeavors. It's always a pleasure to see what they come up with and take the opportunity to appreciate some fine art! Come by for the opening, Saturday, March 14, 3-5pm. Their exhibit will be on display through early April. 
Oosik Classic Ski Race - March 21
What can I say? Maybe we'll still get more snow, but even if we don't, all 750 ski racers are sure to have a blast! Rumor has it that the race start will be taking place right next door at the Mile 11 DOT gravel pit again. Whether you plan to sign up and ski, or come to watch, stop over at the Squirrel before or after and we'll be ready with many smiling staff members, breakfast wraps, soups, sandwiches, cookies, loaves of bread to take home on Sunday, plus awesome coffee! This year we'll try to have an extra porta-potty on hand, and we're aiming to keep the parking lot a little more organized. We're also donating cookies for the Junior Oosik which happens in the morning!

Deliveries to Willow and 2 Anchorage Locations
Need a Squirrel fix? Live in Willow or Anchorage area? SPRING CSB SHARES AVAILABLE NOW! Sign up is available for Spring Shares, where your prepaid orders of bread and/or pastries (or gluten free) are brought to town, you just pick it up and enjoy! Spring/summer dates are every other Thursday in April, May and June, then every other Wednesday in July, August and September. Lots more information about how this works, pricing and options as well as online payment and forms are all available here: or reply to this e-mail and we can send you a form. Delivery locations include the Willow Public Library, Open Space in midtown Anchorage and the Southcentral Foundation Wellness Center off of Tudor.

Summer Employment Opportunities
Summer's coming and we're getting ready. If you or someone you know is interested in working at Flying Squirrel this summer, please send along a request for an application, stop by the Squirrel or e-mail with your resume. Most importantly, we need bakers, ideally with a couple years experience, but a very motivated learner will also be considered! Enthusiasm, a friendly, team-oriented attitude, and a sense of humor are highly recommended. Opportunities may be year round for the right folks. You, too, can learn to juggle avocado pits when making guacamole!
Happy March!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December News 2014

Hello everyone!
Well, no doubt about it now. Winter is here. And the month of December keeps us all busy - hopefully with family and friends, joyful and giving thoughts and actions, tuning up our skis, sleds and skates, planning vacation details or cozying up by a fire with a book. As usual, things are hoppin' all over Talkeetna, including at the Squirrel! Stop by and visit...

Art Challenge - SNOWFLAKES!
We have arrived at a bit of a lull in artist demand for wall space! If you or someone you know is interested in showing artwork at Flying Squirrel please contact Anita. Meanwhile, in lieu of a December show, we've decided to do a SNOW DANCE to encourage a little more white stuff to come down from the sky and brighten our winter days. So, we're sponsoring a simple snowflake-art group show. Any time during December beginning this week, bring in your snowflake themed art, photography, mixed media or cut paper to display for the month and into January. All ages are welcome to participate. We will have a box of supplies on hand throughout the month for you, your family and friends to make paper snowflakes here with fun paper and scissors and we'll hang them right up on our walls! Well, maybe not ALL of them. A People's Choice prize of a new Flying Squirrel t-shirt will be awarded for the best cut paper snow flake chosen by customers!

Holiday Craft Bazaar
Saturday, December 6 from 11am-5pm
Come by the Talkeetna Elementary School to peruse the locally made gifts and inspirations for the holidays. We'll have a booth in combination with Talkeetna Grown with great stocking stuffers including dog treats, granola, kale chips, barley crackers, home grown pickles, jam, dried herbs and more. Consumables made by a small local business really make your holiday spending go a long way and the event helps support the great work of the Talkeetna Elementary School PTA!

Gingerbread House Workshop
Wednesday, December 10, 3:00-4:00pm
Sunday, December 14, 2:00-4:00pm

Every year parents and children work together to make fanciful gingerbread houses they create here at Flying Squirrel. The Wednesday workshop day includes design, rolling, cutting, baking and planning. On the Sunday workshop day, families will build and decorate their houses. Space is limited so sign up early! $40 per house (4 participants max with at least 1 adult). Prepayment and preregistration is required.

Taste of Talkeetna
Saturday, December 13, 4-8pm
Take a tour of Talkeetna restaurants! When you present your ticket, you’ll have the opportunity to eat (or drink) at seven participating local establishments including Flying Squirrel. The small, delicious portions of food or drink always add up to more than a whole meal. Advance purchase only. Limited number of tickets on sale until December 12! Tickets are available at Flying Squirrel and other restaurants for $30 per person or by calling Beth (for will call or credit card purchases) at 808.333.7779.

Holiday Orders
Yup. Christmas is coming. We'll do it up as usual with mini cookies and cookie visiting plates starting next week! We're printing up lots of gift certificates, stocking up on K-Bay coffee beans and we still have my sister Esther's beautiful CDs of music if you need a gift for someone you love! Plus look for another e-mail mid-month with special order goodies for the holidays. Egg Nog cheesecake anyone? Also, new this year will be a beautiful and delicious poppy seed epi bread wreath (pictured).

Bread & Pastry Deliveries
to Anchorage & Willow!

Our new delivery program (CSB) to Anchorage & Willow has begun, but it's not too late to join! Go to the website for lots more information and to sign up for bread, pastries or a gluten free package every other Thursday. Prices are now prorated for missed weeks and we're over half way to our goal for numbers. We got wonderful praise from the first pick up including two hand written notes, several e-mails and... from Carol, "The multigrain loaf of bread in our bag was especially good. Hope the first week of deliveries went well and that others enjoyed their bakery items as much as we did! Very tasty!"

Winter Hours and December/January Holiday Closures

Regular Hours
SUNDAY: 8am-5pm
WEDNESDAY: 7:30am-6pm
THURSDAY: 7:30am-6pm
FRIDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)

Christmas Week and Through Early January
WEDNESDAY 12/24: 7:30am-4pm
FRIDAY 12/26: noon-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY 12/27: 10am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SUNDAY 12/28: 10am-5pm
Monday 12/29 through Thursday 1/1: CLOSED
FRIDAY 1/2: noon-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY 1/3: 10am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SUNDAY 1/4: 10am-5pm

Stay warm and be nice to your shoveling muscles!
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 2014 News

Hello Everyone!
It's November. Alaska's strange month that isn't sure if it's autumn or winter. Ice skating and 6 degree mornings sure seem like winter. But the lack of snow and 35 degree afternoons make you wonder. Either way, most days seem just right for enjoying a bowl of soup or a hot cup of coffee! We hope you'll stop by - the foot trail behind the Squirrel makes a perfect short walk to Tigger Lake and back for hot chocolate and a treat! Meanwhile, there are so many exciting things about November...

Exciting News for Anchorage and Willow Squirrel Fans!
Subscription bread and pastry shares (including a GF option) are NOW AVAILABLE with 9 bi-weekly winter deliveries starting November 20! Information about how this will work, delivery dates, online payment and registration form for the inaugural Flying Squirrel CSB can be found here or in person at the Squirrel. We are happy to partner with Open Space in mid-town Anchorage as our first drop off location and are working on delivery locations in Willow and Eagle River. Sign up before the first delivery which will be on Thursday, November 20 and you'll receive a bag of whole grain unseasoned croutons with recipes for stuffing! Please forward this link to anyone that you think might be interested:

More for Anchorage Fans...
Visit Our Booth! at the Alaska Food Policy Council Food Festival & Conference, Saturday, November 8, 9am-5pm, at Lucy Cudy Hall, UAA. The Food Festival will feature Alaska food vendors providing free samples of their products, a farmers’ market, live music, free workshops and more. Flying Squirrel and our family farm Talkeetna Grown at Birch Creek Ranch will have a table at the farmer's market including Flying Squirrel breads, and other Alaska Grown specialties like granola, barley crackers, kale chips, plus Talkeetna Grown pickles, salsa and fresh cabbages, kale and potatoes.

Second Saturday Art Opening
Well known local painter Tommy Robinson has come out of the wood work to show some new paintings at Flying Squirrel during November! The opening reception will be held Saturday, November 8 from 3-5pm. Rumor has it he's been working on something new and different...florals in oil? You'll just have to come by and see! We are looking for artists and photographers to fill the 2015 calendar. Please contact Anita if you'd like to show your work or organize a group exhibit.

Cooking Class for Adults: Sweet & Decorative Breads
Sunday, November 16, 1-4pm
- Come to the Flying Squirrel Bakery Café where we will practice techniques for making sweet, enriched yeasted doughs to make breads such as challah, brioche, babka, danish filled pastry, and breakfast buns. Students will help prepare pumpkin pecan sticky buns, cranberry lemon ricotta danish, and challah dinner rolls – just in time for Thanksgiving! To register for this class please contact Alaska Folk School at 733-7111 or register online.

Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner!
Watch for a mid-month e-mail with our Thanksgiving special order offerings including my mother's most delicious cranberry sauce, several varieties of pie and cheesecake as well as fresh dinner rolls. The order deadline will be November 23 with pick up on November 26. We have unseasoned croutons available now for your whole grain stuffing and often we run out before Thanksgiving, so you might want to pick up a bag or two next time you stop in. Finally, we will order fresh free range turkeys through New Sagaya again this year - ORDER DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER 15!

Winter Hours
Thanksgiving week hours:
Open Wednesday 11/26, 7:30am-6pm, special order pick up 1-6pm
Closed Thursday 11/27 for Thanksgiving
Open Friday 11/28, 10am-9pm, wood fired pizza 4-9pm
Open Saturday 11/29, 10am-9pm, wood fired pizza 4-9pm
Open Sunday 11/30, 10am-5pm

SUNDAY: 8am-5pm
WEDNESDAY: 7:30am-6pm
THURSDAY: 7:30am-6pm (Full Circle Farm boxes return to the Squirrel on Thursdays beginning 11/13)
FRIDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)

Stay warm!
Anita Continue reading »

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October News 2014

Hi Everyone!
Wow. What a summer! What an autumn! This summer was our best one yet, with more staff, more catering, more bread for the Talkeetna Spinach Bread food truck (which took second place for food at the State Fair!), more great reviews, and simply more of all of you - our awesome customers! A few highlights pictured here: Squirrel's 5th birthday, PTA's Bun to Bun Trail Run, new organic t-shirt debut, and our first Anchorage endeavor with a farm and bakery stand at the Alaska Native Medical Center campus. It seems like there is still so much to catch up on and at the same time, we're already thinking about the holidays. We hope you'll come by the Squirrel often as things slow down and say hi to some of the great new faces behind the counter - we're so happy to have Skye, Kimberly, Greta, Willow, Nate, Mark, and of course, Anita/me preparing and serving you delicious, thoughtful food this winter. Here are a few more reasons to stop in this month and beyond...

Second Saturday Art Opening
Budding painter and friend Katie Writer will display her oil paintings this month with a Second Saturday opening reception coming right up on October 11 from 3-5pm. Her show, entitled Dancing Hues, will be on display until early November. November's show is penciled in with new paintings by Tommy Robinson! Lots of open art months ahead so please get in contact with Anita if you would like to have a solo or group art or photography exhibit at the Squirrel.

Fall Bread Classes
The Art of Bread Shaping: Sunday, October 19, 1-4pm - Come into the kitchen at Flying Squirrel Café to learn how to create bread shapes such as baguette, boule, pan loaf, braid, rolls, fougasse, and epi. This hands-on class will include participation, demonstration, discussion of pans, baskets, cloths, scoring, and tools, as well as different crust treatments and oven tips. Register through Alaska Folk School online here or by calling 733-7111.

Sweet & Decorative Breads: Sunday, October 16, 1-4pm - Come to the Flying Squirrel Bakery Café where owner Anita Golton will share her secrets for making beautiful breads. Practice techniques for making sweet, enriched yeasted doughs to make breads such as challah, brioche, babka, danish filled pastry, and breakfast buns. Participants will help prepare pumpkin pecan sticky buns, cranberry lemon ricotta Danish, and challah dinner rolls – just in time for Thanksgiving! Register through Alaska Folk School online here or by calling 733-7111.

Halloween Creepy Treats
Cooking Workshops for Kids!

Ages 7-10: Thursday, October 30, 1-2:30pm - $12
Ages 4-6: Thursday, October 30, 3-4:30pm - $12 (
parent must be present and participating with their child)
There must be a new crop of young children that love to cook AND that love Halloween! We always have a great time preparing these creepy treats that are fun to make and fun to eat such as: deviled eyeball, mummy on a stick, apple jaws, spooky cat cookie, ghost toast, witch's hat and witch's broom, and pumpkin rice ball! Classes usually fill up so register early! Prepayment/preregistration required. Call or stop by Flying Squirrel to sign up!

Anchorage/Willow Bread Shares
SO happy to make more bread! Especially in the winter. We're trying to set up a winter bread share for Willow and Anchorage! PLEASE E-MAIL US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED so we can get you the details. Here are the basics: prepay for 14 deliveries throughout the winter late October to late April, every other week to a convenient pick up location. For the prepaid amount you will receive 1 baguette and 2 loaves of bread plus some baker's choice treats! Flying Squirrel bread and goodies coming soon to Anchorage and Willow!

Indoor Farm Stand!
Brian had a very busy and successful season with Talkeetna Grown veggies from Birch Creek Ranch! The final harvests are in and the Squirrel welcomes this opportunity every fall to help sell some delicious locally grown produce over the counter. Currently you can get fresh brussel sprouts, celery, tomatoes, green tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and chard while they last. Plus, we hope you will consider supporting our challenging small town, small farm endeavor by going out of your way to buy Talkeetna Grown kale, cabbage and potatoes for the better part of the winter!

Winter Hours
YES, we're open all winter!
SUNDAY: 8am-5pm
WEDNESDAY: 7:30am-6pm
THURSDAY: 7:30am-6pm
FRIDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)

Here's hoping all of our yards are cleaned up and all of our wood is split before the snow flies for real!
Many thanks for your business and continuing support!
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