In rural Alaska, fresh produce is hard to come by, expensive, and typically beat up by the time it gets here. Which is understandable if you consider its journey from farm, to truck, to store shelf, to trunk, to box, to scale, to refrigerator, to plane, to boat. Each stop involves someone picking it up and moving it, then sitting in its new location anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

Neighbors in our village have a big garden with three “high tunnel” greenhouses. Produce is available for purchase throughout the summer. They send out produce boxes to surrounding villages, keeping everyone a little fresher and healthier over the summer months.

My husband, a culinary school graduate, is inspired by the harvest, and we want to share that experience with you. We will share recipes, ideas, and tips throughout the year, using produce from the garden, meat acquired locally (or from Costco) and staples we have on hand.