I just finished the first book of the Healthy Book Club (uh, we may come up with a catchier name), The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I definitely recommend it! It got me thinking about eating locally and sustainably–and how hard that might be to do in Anchorage.

So, I figured I would share what I found with an evening’s Googling.

  • Here’s a list of places to get raw milk in Alaska. I wasn’t really looking for raw milk, but for grass-fed beef. http://www.realmilk.com/where1.html#ak – I kind of wish there were more information available on Lunachick Mountain Farm, such as the cost of a goat share (to get unpasteurized milk) or those “wickedly fresh chicken eggs.” They do, however, keep a blog, to which I’ve subscribed.
  • I have a request in to All I Saw Farm, to see if I can get on their egg delivery route. http://AllISawFarm.com/
  • Spring Creek Farm has CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscriptions available, in addition to pigs that have been raised ethically. They also offer classes: http://www.springcreekfarmak.org/
  • We bought a box from Glacier Valley this summer. They’re nice because you don’t have to buy a whole subscription, and you can say “I don’t like onions, but I like carrots,” or something similar, and they’ll try to fill in with more of what you like. (I wonder if they would leave out lettuces. I hate salads. All the lettuces are PRECISELY why I don’t subscribe to a CSA already.) In the off-season, they bring in organic produce from other small farms, Outside of Alaska: http://www.glaciervalleycsa.com/
  • Here’s something a bit like Craigslist (hence the name, I guess), with all kinds of fresh meat, produce, and eggs from all over Alaska. Not a lot right near Anchorage, but it gives me hope: http://alaskaslist.com/1/posts/14_Farm_Garden/83_Fresh_Products/
  • Information on “chemical-free gardening,” including composting (not ONLY applicable to Alaska, but she lives in the Mat-Su valley, so I assume it is at LEAST applicable here): http://www.goodearthgardenschool.com/index.htm
  • Permaculture. I don’t have a feel for these guys, yet (though I’m frustrated that they make you wait for someone to manually approve your account AFTER you have already verified your email address). They could be a great resource for learning to eat locally and live more sustainably in Alaska… if they’re willing to put up with people who want to start with baby steps and gradually improve, rather than going whole-hog into it from day 1: http://akpermaculture.wordpress.com/

Our farmers markets only go May through October. There are some indications that grass-fed beef and local eggs are available at those, which is great. But I’m not sure if local locavores do a bunch of canning or what to get them through the winter.