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
 
  • Know of a local producer in your community that is not listed below, let us know.
  • 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


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: Jen and Loren Sadlier) Klondike Valley Creamery , Rock Creek
LOCAL INGREDIENTS
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
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 …