Dawson City, Yukon

Dawson City is Suzanne’s home base. This unique community of 1500  people is nestled in the confluence of the Yukon River and the Klondike River and is literally at the end of the road.  At 64 degrees north, Dawson is 300 km south of the Arctic Circle and 100 km from the Alaskan border.  Dawson City has a rich culture and heritage.  It has long been the home to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, was the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898 and more recently has become home to folks from all over the world.  Dawson City and its outlying communities have many individuals interested in healthier living and food security. The Klondike area  is fortunate to have several farmers and food producers, many living off-grid, as well as the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Teaching and Working Farm. This page will continue to grow as Suzanne gathers more knowledge about eating locally in and around Dawson City.
Local Producers
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  • Produce, Herbs:  (Otto Muehlbach & Conny Handwerk ) Kokopellie Farms, Sunnydale June till Sept:  Saturday Farmers Market Dawson Winter: Saturdays (if warmer than -30°C) in Sunnydale
Produce, Herbs:  (Lucy Vogt) Lucy’s Plants and Veggies, Henderson Corner June till Sept:  Henderson Corner & Sat Farmers Market Dawson Produce, Herbs:  TH Working Farm School June till Sept:  Wed. markets outside Danoja Zho Cultural Centre Tr’ondek Hwechin:  993-7100 Berry Bushes, Apple Trees, Apples, Grapes, Produce, Herbs: (John Lenart) Klondike Valley Nursery, Rock Creek June till Sept:  Saturday Farmers Market Dawson Berries sold to restaurants and hotels:  (Diana and Ron McCready) Emu Creek Farms, down river Berries  (Maryanne Davis) Tundarose Garden, Rock Creek Butchering – (Shelby Jordan) Whole beast seam butchering, traditional curing and preserving BonTon Butcherie & Charcuterie bontondawson@gmail.com – (Paul Derry) for private moose butchering after Fall hunt Bonanza Market Eggs (year round), Pork, Chicken, Rabbit:  (Megan Waterman) Lastraw Ranch,  Bear Creek mwaterman@northwestel.net 993-2963 Eggs (year round), Produce, Jams and Pickles, Firewood (poplar): (Becky and Paul Sadlier), Sun North Ventures, Rock Creek 993-3062  (beckysadlier@gmail.com) Produce, Eggs (year round: chicken, duck and sometimes goose), Pork, Rabbit, Chicken, Turkey, Goat,  Herbal Teas, Preserves:  (Derrick Hastings and Katie English) Narrow Gate Herbs/Full Circle Farm, Henderson Corner yukoner.hastings@gmail.com Mutton (spring lamb) and raw fleece:  (Peter Dunbar) down river Birch Syrup, Chicken, Pork, Chaga: (Berwyn Larson and Sylvia Frisch) Birch Hill Forest Farm, McQuesten River Uncle Berwyn’s Birch Syrup found in many local stores.  If you require large quantities, contact Berwyn directly.
Eggs (year round), chicken, pork, produce:
(Lou Tyacke and Gary Masters) Sister Island
corvidlarus@googlemail.com     993-3692
Chum Salmon: – (David Curtis) Up River Commercial Fishing, West Dawson uprivercf@gmail.com – Sebastian Jones – Roger Mendelssohn Hay:  (Dan Reynolds) Dempster Corner Reynolds Outfitting Cheese and Value-Added Dairy Products: Coming in 2018 (Jen and Loren Sadlier) Klondike Valley Creamery , Rock Creek
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. Have suggestions for Suzanne in Dawson City?  Share your knowledge here. 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 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 Buckwheat (not yet hulled) Hulled Oats (not yet hulled) 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 Buttercup Squash Tom Thumb popcorn 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! Black Currant Leaves Sweetener: Birch syrup Honey Stevia Sugar Sugar beet syrup Thickener: Yellow dock Birch and Alder Catkins (if not allergic) Fats: Butter Moose lard Pig fat Misc: Kephir Sourdough starter
Junipers are First Foraged Food of the Season - As spring arrives and the snow melts away, you’ll find that juniper berries are there to be picked and consumed. (Actually, they were there all winter — you just had to look under the snow). Juniper is a coniferous shrub that produces berries.  In Old Crow, Yukon it is sometimes known as ‘sharp tree’ thanks …