Gerard ice fishing for burbot from the Yukon River, Dawson City, Yukon. Photo by Suzanne Crocker.

First we eat, then we do everything else.”
— M.F.K.Fisher

Suzanne Crocker, an award winning filmmaker and retired family doctor, has challenged herself to spend one year feeding her family only food local to Dawson City, Yukon – a remote Northern Canadian community at 64° north, 300 km south of the Arctic Circle – to create a public conversation about food self-sufficiency with communities across the North.

 

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Suzanne's list of available local ingredients:

Meat:
Moose (all parts)
Chicken (all parts)
Boar/pig (all parts)
Caribou (all parts)
Mutton/Wild Sheep
Turkey
Grouse
Rabbit

Fish:
Chum salmon (incl salmon eggs)
Grayling
Ling cod/Burbot
Pike

Dairy:
Milk, cream, Yogurt, Butter
Cream cheese
Cheese
Ice cream

Eggs
Grains:
Small amount of barley
Small amount of rye
Small amount of Red Fife wheat
Lambsquarter/pigsweed

Fruit:
Low bush cranberries
High bush cranberries
Rosehips
Crowberries
Saskatoon berries
Haskap berries
Black currents
Blueberries (a few)
Apples (a few precious apples!)
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Bunchberry/Dogwood berry (for its pectin)
Golden Berry/Ground Cherry (a few precious berries)
Sour Cherry (a few precious cherries)

Vegetables (can store fresh year round):
Potatoes
Carrots
Cabbage
Kolrabi
Onions
Garlic
Celeriac Root
Rutabaga
Turnip
Beets
Celeriac Root
Spaghetti Squash
Salsify

Vegetables (can store frozen, dried or canned):
Tomatoes
Kale
Spinach
Swiss chard
Broccoli
Romanesco
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Celery
Peas
Pumpkin
Hubbard Squash
Butternut Squash
A few Sweet Peppers
A few Hot Peppers
Cucumbers as fermented pickles
Horseradish

Seasonal only vegetables:
Lettuce
Green onions
Cucumbers - fresh
Radish
Bok Choy
Mustard Greens
Sorrel
Corn (a few precious cobs)

Herbs:
Lovage
Basil
Dill
Mint
Thyme
Oregano
Cilantro/coriander
Marjoram
Rosemary
Parsley
Sage
Savory
Lemon Balm
Chives/Green Onions
Garlic Scapes
Celery Leaf dried (as salt)
Nasturtium pods dried (as pepper)

Wild plants:
Fireweed
Bear Root
Juniper berries
Spruce tips
Labrador tea
Wild Sage
Colts foot
Stinging Nettle
Yarrow
Dandelion
Chickweed
Wild Rose Petals
Mushrooms
Chaga
Strawberry Blite
Plantain
Chamomile
Willow catkins  - the sweet ones!

Sweetener:
Birch syrup
Honey
Stevia
Sugar
Sugar beet syrup

Thickener:
Potato starch
Yellow dock
Birch and Alder Catkins (if not allergic)

Fats:
Butter
Moose lard
Pig fat

Misc:
Kephir
Sourdough starter

 

 
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