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Winter Food in Alaska Video Chat

Highbush Cranberry Jelly, Photo by Nicole Pearce of Arctic Garden Studio

Highbush Cranberry Jelly, Photo by Nicole Pearce of Arctic Garden Studio

Back when I was a graduate student studying Linguistics, and specifically the morphosyntax of the language Inuktitut, I spent a bit of time way way up North on Baffin Island. My focus at the time was not the food and yet food was always on my mind. I was astonished by the cost of groceries, amazed by how often powdered milk was used in place of liquid, especially in coffee and in baking, because it was so much cheaper due to its relative weight, and, while I did not get the chance to taste beaver, I did try every local specialty that came my way, from caribou meat to maktaaq.

I never did, however, spend any time up North during the winter. I have therefore always been curious about what it’s like. Are the grocery stores as well-stocked in the winter as they are in the summer? Are the prices even more insane? What do people do to make sure that they have food for winter emergencies? The questions are numerous and I posed many of them to Nicole Pearce from Arctic Garden Studio when Katie and I spoke with her this week about Winter Food in Alaska.

Get the answers to my questions and enjoy an interesting chat about good food in challenging circumstances:



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