Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello everyone! Well, apparently spring has sprung in Talkeetna and beyond! Let's hope it's not an April Fool's joke, because this is about the earliest any of us have seen it. Our parking lot is gradually draining and at this rate will be cleared of snow, slush, ice and water three weeks earlier than usual. Time to start thinking about riding bikes to the Squirrel for a refreshing rhubarb ade!

Here are a few other reasons you might want to stop by this month:

Spring/Summer Bakery Shares
Delivered to Anchorage and Willow

Anchorage and Willow Squirrel fans - this one's for you! Go to THIS LINK to find out more information or sign up for a prepaid bakery share, delivered every other week to the Willow Library or, in Anchorage: Open Space (E 64th) or Southcentral Foundation Wellness Center (Tudor Cir.).

Spring/Summer shares start next week and continue from April through July. If you are super excited to give this a try, but you will be away for a portion of the season, please contact me to make special arrangements and figure out the prorated cost. Options include bread, pastries and/or gluten free!

Second Saturday Art Opening
Two worlds collide in April's art show with photography by two locals that didn't even know each other before this exhibit came about! Heather Leba will show her macro nature photography and Mark Westman will hang some spectacular Alaska alpine photography. Join the artists for the Second Saturday art opening on April 11 from 3-5pm. The show, entitled Little Worlds will be on display through early May. The month of May will bring Talkeetna's well-loved matriarch Rose Jenne who will fill our walls with her wonderful mosaics!

Earth Day Excellence - The Squirrel will reward your efforts for the planet!
The Squirrel tries hard to have a positive impact on customer well-being and the planet's health with thoughtful business decisions. Earth Day is a great time to remind ourselves that there is always more we can all do! Find out what the Squirrel is doing to make a difference at THIS LINK. This year, Earth Day, April 22 is on a Wednesday and we will offer a double discount for anyone who arrives at the Squirrel by non-motorized means or brings in their own to-go packaging like a travel mug. Also, check out this extra, extra Earth Day bonus: bring in proof that you made a donation to the Talkeetna Recycling program fundraising effort and receive a free Eat.Real.Food sticker, plus 10% discount on all purchases (offer good from April 22-26).

Flying Squirrel is very hopeful that Talkeetna is taking important steps toward a sustainable, long term recycling program for our town. Finally! Consider supporting this effort by attending the evening fundraiser at the Hangar on Saturday, April 18 and the day time community Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 25. See you there!

Baking with Whole Grains Cooking Class
Sunday, April 26, 1-4pm - Explore whole grains in the kitchen at Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe! Can whole wheat flour be used instead of white flour in a cookie recipe? Why does homemade whole wheat bread come out so dense? What can be done with left over cooked quinoa? Owner Anita Golton will discuss baking techniques that work whole grains into your diet. In this class, participants will help convert a pancake recipe to include left over cooked whole grains, taste test Flying Squirrel’s new whole grain Alaska Grown barley hot cereal, and prepare the Squirrel’s recipe for Molasses Multigrain bread. An analysis of the nutritional content of two comparative recipes will be done if time allows. Cost: $36. Go here to register, or contact Alaska Folk School at 907-733-7111.

Summer Employment Opportunities
Skye, Nate, Mark, Kimmie and I will be joined in the kitchen and at the counter by some new, friendly and hard working folks over the next month. As we start transitioning to the busy summer season, please welcome (and have extra patience with) Sierra, Dylan, Ryan, Kaila, Steph and Mike. Though I can't imagine all these people working in the Squirrel's kitchen at the same time, there is room for a few more! We are still looking for someone to join the baking crew, ideally with 1-2 years experience as well as two part time barista/counter helper/dishwasher positions. Stop in or e-mail if you're interested. Photo thanks: Cleiri Quezada!

Not that I need to tell any mother to save the date for Mother's Day, but, save the date for Mother's Day Brunch at Flying Squirrel: Sunday, May 10, 11am-2pm, more info to come in the next newsletter!

Enjoy the longer days and incredible sunshine!
Anita Continue reading »

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!
Anita Continue reading »

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 CafĂ© 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!
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