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Guide for Eating Locally in Alaska

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No one really understands eating locally as many Alaskans do. Hunting, fishing, and gathering are state-wide obsessions. Use the farmers markets listing, seasonality guides, recommended local blogs, and more to take advantage of Alaska's all too short growing season. I know I've missed plenty – tell us about it!

Alaska Fruits & Vegetables

cabbages
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Whether it's a quick apple harvest or the short wild blueberry season, find what's in season during Alaska's short growing season with this Alaska Seasonal Produce Guide.

Alaska Farmers Markets

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Find farmers markets in Alaska - including days and hours of operation with this Alaska Farmers Markets Listing.

Alaska Crab

King Crab Legs
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The Deadliest Catch has made the Alaskan crab fishery common household knowledge. What they're catching is commonly called "Alaska King Crab" but is more correctly known as Red King Crab. Alaska Snow Crab is also available in Alaska. In either case, check out How to Boil Crabs to enjoy fabulous local eating.

Alaska Game

More than other states, Alaska has hunters who feed themselves and their families with their take. Moose licenses are particularly prized in The Last Frontier (see this excellent description of the importance of moose in the Alaskan diet). Bear, mountain goats, elk, caribou... they all come into play.

Alaska Salmon

King Salmon, Headed and Gutted
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Copper River, Bristol Bay, Yukon River... these are geographic points in Alaska and brand names for wild salmon. Alaska is home to all the varieties of Pacific salmon.

Want real Alaska salmon? Look for wild-caught, Alaska salmon from your fishmonger or you can buy direct from a fishing family at Copper River Fish Market. Once you have it, check out How to Cook Salmon.

For amazing Yukon salmon smoked in the traditional way, go to Kwik'pak Fisheries. They take the wonderfully fatty salmon that spawn in the amazingly long Yukon River and smoke it into delicious plain or seasoned smoked salmon, tradition Keta strips, sweet Keta candy, and full smoked filets.

Alaska Berries

Salmonberries and Blueberries
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Alaska may not be covered in wild berries, but parts of it sure feel like it come summertime. Wild blueberries, wild cranberries, and wild salmonberries are easy to find in the southern part of Alaska.

These get frozen or made into jams and jellies to keep winter sweet. See How to Freeze Berries for tips.

For people who'd rather hunt than gather, or stay home rather than either, the Seldovia Village Tribe (operating as Alaska Pure Berry) out of Seldovia, Alaska makes delicious wild blueberry jam and jelly, wild salmonberry jam and jelly, and even fireweed jelly and pepper jelly.

Alaska Food Festivals

As you might expect, food festivals in Alaska tend to focus on the state's bountiful seafood.

Alaska Local Eating Blogs

Try as I might, no one can cover local foods in a specific region better than someone on the ground. That's why I've pulled together some blogs about eating local in Alaska to use for ideas, inspiration, and entertainment.

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