Spruce tips. Photo by Cathie Archbould #ArchbouldPhotography

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 eating only food local to Dawson City, Yukon – a remote Northern Canadian community at 64° north, 280 km south of the Arctic Circle – to create a public conversation about food self-sufficiency with communities across the North.

First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 will celebrate the ingenuity, resourcefulness & knowledge of Northern Canadians and our relationship to the land through the food that we hunt, fish, gather, grow and raise in the North.

The kitchen is not Suzanne’s ‘natural habitat’ and she is not a master gardener. Far from being an expert, Suzanne is more of a ‘blank page.' By collaborating with northern expertise, traditional knowledge and local producers, she hopes her year will be successful.

Suzanne’s family (husband and three kids aged 16, 14 and 11) are not overjoyed at the prospect. However one of Suzanne’s secret (ok, not so secret anymore!) challenges is to provide enough variety of delicious local meals and ready-made snacks for her family, that they feel no need to set up their own larder. At first, the novelty of seeing Suzanne in the kitchen might keep her family eating at home purely out of curiosity. Hopefully, the delicious foods she creates, with the help of celebrated Yukon chef Michele Genest and others, will have her family preferring meals at home over meals elsewhere!

Suzanne's ongoing list of available local ingredients:

Ingredients: Dawson City, Yukon This is a starting list for Suzanne of local ingredients she knows will be available to her in Dawson City, Yukon.  We will update the list as she discovers new ingredients. Meat: Moose (all parts) Chicken (all parts) Turkey Boar/pig (all parts) Caribou (all parts) Mutton Grouse Rabbit Fish: Chum salmon (incl salmon eggs) Grayling Ling cod/Burbot Dairy: Milk, cream Yogurt, Butter Buttermilk Cream cheese Ice cream Eggs Grains: Small amount of barley Small amount of rye Lambsquarter/pigsweed Fruit: Low bush cranberries High bush cranberries Rosehips Crowberries Saskatoon berries Haskap berries Black currents Blueberries (a few) Soapberries Apples (a few precious apples!) Raspberries Rhubarb Strawberries 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 A few Sweet Peppers A few Hot Peppers Cucumbers as fermented pickles Seasonal only vegetables: Lettuce Mustard Greens Green onions Cucumbers - fresh Radish Herbs: Basil Dill Mint Thyme Oregano Cilantro/coriander Marjoram Rosemary Parsley Sage Sorrel Lemon Balm Lovage Wild plants: Fireweed Bear Root Juniper berries Spruce tips Labrador tea Wild Sage Colts foot Stinging Nettle Yarrow Dandelion Chickweed Lambs quarter/Pigweed Plantain Wild Rose Petals Lungwort Horsetail Mushrooms Chaga Willow catkins  - the sweet ones! Sweetener: Birch syrup Honey Stevia Thickener: Yellow dock Birch and Alder Catkins (if not allergic) Fats: Butter Ghee Moose lard Pig fat Misc: Kephir Sourdough starter Have suggestions for Suzanne in Dawson City?  Share your knowledge here
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